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Resume Writing Workshop Yas Djadali GSEP Career Services. Today’s Topics. Creating/Polishing your resume Customizing your cover letters Utlizing Career Services Resources And MY main goal…. Decrease the fear…. Strengthen your brand…. Be that top 5%…. RESUME: What’s the purpose?.

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Resume Writing Workshop

Yas Djadali

GSEP Career Services

today s topics
Today’s Topics
  • Creating/Polishing your resume
  • Customizing your cover letters
  • Utlizing Career Services Resources
  • And MY main goal…
decrease the fear
Decrease the fear…

Strengthen your brand…

Be that top 5%…

resume what s the purpose
RESUME: What’s the purpose?
  • Marketing tool to get you the interview
  • Overview of your education, experiences, and skills
  • Used to demonstrate a match between you and the job description/employer
  • Script for your job interview
types of resumes
Types of Resumes
  • Chronological
    • List your former positions in descending chronological order
    • Start with most recent job and work back to your earliest
  • Functional
    • Focuses on your skills and experience, rather than chronological work history
    • Used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in employment history
  • Combination
    • Lists your skills and experience first, then lists employment history
    • Highlights the skills that are relevant to the job, and provides the chronological work history that employers prefer
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Contact

Objective

Education/ Credential/ Certifications

Experience (Related/ Professional/ Additional)

Professional Affiliations, Leadership, Honors and Awards

Skills/ Areas of Knowledge/ Languages

Community Service

contact information
Contact Information:
  • Bold name, larger font
  • Appropriate email
  • Seeking the _______ position at ________, where I can apply my _________ skills and my experience/background/interest in _________.

Objective:

education
Education
  • Spell out University and degree
  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include graduation date (versus dates attended)
experience
Experience
  • Include position title, name of organization, city/state, dates
  • Use consistent formatting throughout resume
  • Begin bullet points with action verbs
  • Avoid “I” statements
  • Quantify & qualify (#, %) when possible
bullet points
Bullet Points
  • Use Action + Results format
  • Highlight tasks performed, accomplishments achieved, skills used, knowledge gained
  • Practice:
    • Consider your current/previous experience
    • Circle all the skills you have used/gain
    • Create 2 bullet points
other categories
Other Categories
  • Languages: fluent, conversational, sign language
  • Professional Affiliations:
    • Relevant to position
    • Officer position
    • Board / committee member
  • References: separate page, same heading as resume
cover letter what s the purpose
COVER LETTER: What’s the purpose?
  • A one-page letter of introduction (3-4 paragraphs)
  • An opportunity to state your relevant interests and qualifications
  • Specifically demonstrates that your background matches their job description/organization
  • Reflects your written communication skills

(handout)

cover letter content
Cover Letter Content
  • Use same heading as resume
  • First Paragraph:
      • For what position are you applying at which organization?
      • How did you learn about this position?
  • Second Paragraph:
      • What are your relevant qualifications
      • Why are you interested in this particular position at this particular organization?
  • Third Paragraph:
      • Refer to resume, request interview, thank employer for their consideration
gsep career services
GSEP Career Services
  • Clarifying your Career Objective(s)
  • Career Assessments
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critiques
  • Interview Preparation
  • Job Search & Networking Strategies
  • Career Panels & Fairs
decreased fear
Decreased fear?

Strengthened brand?

Being that top 5%?

resume cover letter feedback
Resume/Cover Letter Feedback
  • PepPro: first document uploaded
  • Drop-In Advising: Mon – Thurs, 12 – 3 pm
  • Email gsep.careerservices@pepperdine.edu
  • Individual Career Counseling Appointment:
    • Education: Yas Djadali, yas.djadali@pepperdine.edu
    • Psychology: Sadaf Mayet, sadaf.mayet@pepperdine.edu
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Need additional assistance? Visit Career Services!

GSEP Career Services: WLA, 5th floor

Appointments & Drop-In