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WRITE A WINNING RESUME. Facilitator’s Name Phone Number Email Address. creating a resume with impact!. Job Search Success Pyramid. The ICC offers several workshops to help you through the job search process.

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write a winning resume


Facilitator’s Name

Phone Number

Email Address

creating a resume with impact!

job search success pyramid
Job Search Success Pyramid

The ICC offers several workshops to help you through the job search process.

Don’t forget to take Self-Assessments or try Informational Interviews before starting the Job Search Success Pyramid. Ask an ICC advisor for more info.


Your resume is your Marketing Brochure

  • Identifies what you have to offer
  • Explains what contributions you can make
  • Targeted directly to the specific needs of the employer
  • Can be given to references
  • Used in the interview as a guide by employer
  • Main purpose: to get you an interview!
resume formats
Resume Formats


  • Easy to read, employer preferred
  • Presents education and work experience in reverse chronological order

TIP! Very effective if majority of education and work experience is related to objective

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Resume Formats


  • Focuses on skills and abilities you have used that relate to the objective
  • Often used by career changers, graduate students and postdocs
  • Groups experience (including volunteer work and extracurricular activities) under functional skill headings (e.g. research, writing, marketing)
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Resume Formats


  • Uses elements of both Chronological and Functional Format
  • Stresses skills and abilities
  • Provides job/experience descriptions

TIP! See Career Resource Manual for an example!

resume formats government
Resume Formats-Government
  • Federal resumes have unique requirements
    • Check www.resume-place.com for information
    • See an ICC Coordinator for assistance
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Resume Formats


  • Used by individuals seeking teaching and/or research positions in a post-secondary institution or high-level research industry
  • Often two or three pages for master or doctoral candidates
  • Workshops for C.V. writing are available by the Internship & Career Center.
necessary categories
Necessary Categories


  • Your name
  • Address (include local and permanent if applicable)
  • Daytime telephone number - don’t forget area codes – more than one number is o.k.- make it easy for the employer to reach you
  • Make sure your voice message is professional sounding – no music, jokes, etc.
  • Email address – moniker should be professional, create a separate account exclusively for job search if needed through one of free ISPs
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Necessary Categories


  • Need only be the job title you are applying for
  • Many career hubs will allow you to upload more than one version of your resume and designate which one to be “active”
  • Statements such as, “A challenging position that will utilize my ___ skills” is not necessary – recruiters just want to know what position you are applying for
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Necessary Categories


  • Can be bulleted or in columns
    • For examples, see the Career Resource Manual
  • List skills you can perform with little or no direction
  • General skills, including communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, managerial, etc.
  • Visit www.damngood.com for Summary ideas
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Necessary Categories


  • Research - list research skills with which you are familiar
  • Laboratory - list techniques, procedures and/or equipment
  • Language - indicate fluency level, specify if you can read/write/speak the language
  • Computer – list software applications
    • can use “Proficient in” and “Familiar with” to qualify skill level
  • IT resumes will list hardware, software, operating systems, etc.
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Necessary Categories


  • List highest degree first, followed by other degrees received; date to be conferred
  • AA is optional unless it has relevance to the job objective
  • High school diploma not necessary
  • GPA if 3.0+ (check specific major for guidelines)
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Necessary Categories


  • List Relevant Coursework
    • See Career Resource Manual for examples
  • Put in columns or can list in bullet format with a brief description, for example:
    • Research Methods in Psychology: Designed and conducted experimental and non-experimental studies, doing descriptive statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, results interpretation and report writing.
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Necessary Categories


  • List job title, employer, city, state, dates of employment
  • List jobs in reverse chronological order
  • Use accomplishment statements whenever possible to describe experience and add impact
    • Start with an action verb to add interest
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Necessary Categories

EXPERIENCE continued

  • Accomplishment statements examples:
    • Reorganized pharmaceutical sample cabinet and developed inventory tracking system to ensure sample medications were consistently stocked and easy to locate by physicians and staff.
    • Promoted to team lead as a result of consistently demonstrating excellent organizational skills and completing projects on or before deadlines.
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Necessary Categories

EXPERIENCE continued

  • When not using an accomplishment statement, describe how well you performed job tasks
    • Start bullet point with an adverb, for example:
      • Accurately filed documents to ensure staff had easy and quick access to all critical information.
      • Strictly adhered to all safety and infection prevention standards.
      • Tactfully and courteously handled difficult customers at busy, high-volume retail outlet.
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Necessary Categories

EXPERIENCE continued

  • Use the SAR approach to brainstorm accomplishments
  • Situation, Action, Result
  • Quantify results when possible
    • Ran culture studies on 85 amoebas, daily, over a two-month time period contributing to three successful research projects
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Necessary Categories

EXPERIENCE continued

  • Add impact to your resume by giving a sense of scope:
    • Fast-paced office (store, restaurant)
    • Seven person team
    • Ten person office
    • $80 million dollar company
    • Upscale restaurant
    • Popular eatery
    • High volume store
    • Highest volume store in the tri-county region
    • Supervised 10 member team
    • Promoted to team lead within 3 months
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Necessary Categories

EXPERIENCE continued

  • Create special sections (e.g. Related Experience, Research Experience, Marketing Experience
    • For examples, see Career Resource Manual
  • May include significant academic assignments and relevant extra-curricular activities
optional categories
Optional Categories
  • Honors/Awards/Hobbies/Interests
    • Avoid listing those which may be controversial
  • Extra-Curricular Activities/Professional Affiliations
    • List memberships and offices held
  • Licenses, Certifications, Credentials, Training
    • Related items only (CPR, First Aid, Hazardous Materials Training, Prof. Engr., MCSE, etc.)
    • Place in Summary/Skills section if important to job requirements
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Optional Categories
  • Publications
    • List articles published and those accepted for publication
    • May include in experience section
  • Computer Skills
    • Unless critical for job then put in Summary/Skills section at top of resume
  • Military Service
    • May include in experience section
general guidelines
General Guidelines
  • Length
    • Generally 1 page (especially recent grads)
    • Two pages with extensive related experience
  • Layout – DO NOT use a template
    • Must be easy to read – most resumes get a 20 second glance, initially
    • Use white space, bullet points (non-bulleted o.k. as long as text is limited to one or two short sentences; avoid large paragraphs or big blocks of type).
    • Choose standard font in 10-12 point size
    • Name should be in larger font but 18pt max
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General Guidelines
  • Layout continued
    • Paper color – white, beige, grey, ivory
    • 24 lb. quality resume paper, one-sided only
    • Proofread!! Have at least three other people read your resume. Don’t rely on Spell-check!
    • Watch present/past tense
    • No personal pronouns
    • Tailor contents to each job
    • No need to use line, “References furnished upon request” – recruiters know this already
the cover letter
The Cover Letter
  • Should always accompany each resume you send out
  • Establishes personal contact
  • Introduces resume, highlights experience and promotes your eligibility
  • Address it to a specific person
  • Print on good quality paper (match resume)
  • Use standard business formatStress how your skills, education, experience can benefit the employer
  • Close by indicating your interest in the position and follow-up plans
reference page
Reference Page
  • Take with you to an interview or include with resume only when requested
  • Three to six names; your contact information at the top, with the title, “REFERENCES”
  • Ask before listing – include name and all contact information with email address
  • No relatives, friends, other students
  • Send references a copy of your resume
  • Notify references if you think they may be contacted; provide information about the job you are applying for
  • Thank people who serve as a reference by sending thank you email/note
thank you
  • Attend the Online Resumes Workshop for specifics about electronic resumes
  • Any questions?

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Call 530.752.2855

Visit the 2nd & 3rd floors of South Hall or the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center