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Resumes and Cover Letters. Seminar Overview. Resume basics Resume strategy Hardcopy resume guidelines & structure Electronic resumes. Cover letters References Last comments Source materials. Resume Basics. The main purpose is to get you an interview

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seminar overview
Seminar Overview
  • Resume basics
  • Resume strategy
  • Hardcopy resume guidelines & structure
  • Electronic resumes
  • Cover letters
  • References
  • Last comments
  • Source materials
resume basics
Resume Basics
  • The main purpose is to get you an interview
  • The first look at a resume averages 20 seconds
  • A resume should not exceed two pages in length
  • Spelling must be absolutely correct.
  • Things not to include on your resume
    • Personal data of any kind
    • The words “References available on request”
    • The words “Willing to relocate”
resume strategy
Resume Strategy
  • Tailor the resume to fit each employer
  • The chronological format
  • The functional format
  • Other formats
hardcopy guidelines
Hardcopy Guidelines
  • Black ink on white paper
  • Standard fonts
  • Font size should range from 10 to 14 points
  • Minimum use of italics, underlining, etc.
  • Use white space to enhance readability
  • Sentence fragments are acceptable
  • Use numerals, rather than spelling number
chronological resume
Chronological Resume
  • Objective
  • Qualifications or career summary
  • Education
  • Work experience
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Chronological Resume

OBJECTIVE

A position designing CPU circuits, where experience with superscalar architectures will enhance the final value of the product

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Chronological Resume
  • Objective
  • Qualifications or career summary
  • Education
  • Work experience
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Chronological Resume

QUALIFICATIONS

Electrical engineer with 12 years of printed circuit board (PCB) layout experience. Has been successful as an individual contributor and as the manager of a 10 person PCB layout group.

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Chronological Resume
  • Objective
  • Qualifications or career summary
  • Education
  • Work experience
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Chronological Resume

EDUCATION

B.S. Electrical Engineering

University of California

San Diego, CA

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Chronological Resume
  • Objective
  • Qualifications or career summary
  • Education
  • Work experience
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Chronological Resume
  • Work Experience
    • This is the main part of a chronological resume
    • List each item in reverse chronological order
    • Different job at the same company count as separate items
    • Keep it short
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Chronological Resume

Example – One Short Item

1995 – 1997 Varian Associations, Palo Alto, CA-Senior Engineer

Designed microwave tubes using computer codes. Wrote codes to improve the tube design process. Swept up after everyone else left the building.

  • Assisted design of framistat, now a major product.
  • Wrote design code decreasing design time by 90%
functional resume
Functional Resume
  • The emphasis shifts to skills, and away from specific jobs
  • Shrink the work experience section to just the headers
  • Put all duties and accomplishments into skill categories
ascii html resume
ASCII & HTML Resume
  • Space is not as tight
  • Use only alphanumeric characters, spaces and the Enter key.
  • Use lots of keywords and buzzwords
cover letters
Cover Letters
  • No more than one page in length
  • First paragraph
  • Body
  • Final paragraph
references
References
  • Collected on the job
  • Collected from your network
  • Perishable!
  • Always notify your reference before you use them
last comments
Last Comments
  • Focus, rather than shotgun
  • Stay in control of your job search
sources
Sources
  • “To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists” American Geophysical Union. ISBN #0-87590-889-6
  • “Engineer’s Guide to Lifelong Employability” IEEE Press. ISBN# 0-87942-314-5
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