Building Your Resume from the Ground UpDavid McMahon ’69Associate DirectorExperiential Education Building Your Resume from the Ground Up
The First Question “Why Should I walk away from my Customer to Interview You?”
Purpose of a Resume A Marketing Tool: To convince an employer To call you For an interview You’ve got 30 seconds!!!
Resume Myths • “I don’t need one until I’m ready to look for a job.” • “I can use one standard resume for the rest of my life.” • “I’m too young, there’s nothing to put on a resume.” • “My resume will get the job for me.”
Steps toBuildinga Resume • Laying the foundation. • Building the resume. • Finishing the resume.
Laying the Foundation Assess Yourself on Paper • What are your Objectives? • Kind of job you are looking for and when you are available • What have you accomplished? • Skills, Abilities, Work Experience, and Extracurricular Activities/Leadership
Laying the Foundation What Makes a Good Employee?? 1. Integrity • Ability to work with people • Responsibility • Judgment • Motivation to succeed • Work ethic • Intelligence • Creativity/enthusiasm • Communications skills 10. Technical competence
Laying the Foundation • What Resume Format is most appropriate? • Chronological • Organized by date in reverse date order • Most commonly used type and more acceptable by employers • Functional • Grouped by status areas • Useful for employment gaps • Less acceptable by employers • Combination • Chronological/functional types combined
Building the Resume • Personal Data Section • Objective • Education Section • Work Experience • Activities and Honors • DoNot List References
Building the Resume Personal Data Section Examples Example #1 Ima T. Aggie 1234 High St. 4321 West Way College Station, TX 77840 Kingsland, TX 78639 Home: (979) xxx-xxxx (325) xxx-xxxx Cell : (979) xxx-xxxx firstname.lastname@example.org Example #2 Ima T. Aggie 1234 High St. College Station, TX 77840 Home: (979) xxx-xxxx Cell : (979) xxx-xxxx email@example.com
Building the Resume • Objective • CO-OP, Intern, Full-time? Operations, Business, Sales, Design, R&D, Consulting? • CO-OPs and Interns – start date • Education • Degree in Major, GPR, Graduation Date • Work Experience • Job Title, Company Name, Location, Dates of employment • Job Description – Statements (not sentences) • Using action words and showing results • Be Positive, Be Concise, Be Persuasive
Building the Resume • Activities and Honors • Student/Professional organizations • Leadership positions • Scholarships,Dean’s List, etc. • Foreign languages, international experiences, security clearance • References • Do not list on resume • Bring separate page when you are interviewed
Building the Resume • Present most marketable information first • Use brief, descriptive phrases • No personal pronouns • Use action verbs to describe experiences and accomplishments • Be Positive • Be Truthful • You Have the Right to Remain Silent
Finishing the Resume • Be Concise • Show results • Top Heavy • Reader Friendly
Finishing the Resume • Avoiding common mistakes • Spelling and grammatical errors. • Formatting, fonts, length, paper quality. • Translate “Aggie speak” to business English • LIES • Too long • Don’t include references.
Finishing the Resume • Use white or off-white paper (checkout resume paper at area copy centers, i.e. Kinkos, Copy Corner, or Graphics Center on campus) • Use 8 ½ x11-inch paper • Use a font size of 10 to 14 points • Black ink only • Use non-decorative typefaces • Choose one typeface and stick to it • Avoid italics, script, and underlined words • No horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading • Do not fold or staple your resume • If you must mail your resume, put it in a large envelope
Finishing the Resume • Resume Critique and Advice • Career Center Advisor • Academic Advisor • Mentor • Roommate • Employer
In Conclusion…. • Laying the foundation… • Building the resume… • Finishing your resume… • Congratulations! • You Did It!