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Writing a Winning Resume!. Holly Heilberg – Career Development Specialist UHR Faculty & Staff Career Services 914 Emmet St., Room 225 924-4343 Hollyh@virginia.edu http:www.hrs.virginia.edu/career. Agenda. Introductions Myths and Realities Constructing a Winning Resume

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writing a winning resume

Writing aWinning Resume!

Holly Heilberg – Career Development Specialist

UHR Faculty & Staff Career Services

914 Emmet St., Room 225

924-4343 Hollyh@virginia.edu


  • Introductions
  • Myths and Realities
  • Constructing a Winning Resume
  • Types of Resumes
  • Resume “Do’s” and “Don’ts”
  • Complete a resume template
  • Q & A
  • Action Plan….what can you do next?!
  • Connect with a partner and find out:
    • Their name
    • What would be their “ideal job” to apply for (or send a resume in for)
  • Report back about your partner to the large group
myths realities
Myths & Realities
  • MYTH:
    • The best jobs go to the best applicants

The best jobs typically go to those who know:

      • What they want
      • How to summarize it in the “30 second elevator speech”
      • How to target their resume for what they want
      • How to market themselves in the interview!
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Myths & Realities
  • MYTH:
    • The most important word in the job search is “YES”

Before you hear “Yes”, you probably need to hear “No”, “No”, “No”, “No”, and “NO”. Each NO is one step closer to YES!

      • This means you are making an effort, communicating what you want, making calls, sending emails, doing informational interviews, networking and asking for information and advice (not sitting by the phone
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Myths & Realities
  • MYTH:
      • The best way to look for another job is the newspaper, web, or job placement agencies
    • 80% of good jobs are found through contacts, referrals and networking. So, spend 80% of your job search time making connections!
    • Focus on what someone else might benefit from….not what will benefit for you.
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Myths & Realities
  • MYTH:
      • The best way to look for another job is the newspaper, web, or job placement agencies
    • 80% of good jobs are found through contacts, referrals and networking. So, spend 80% of your job search time making connections!
      • Neighbors
      • Previous co-workers
      • Dr., Dentist, Lawyer
      • Friends
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Myths & Realities
  • MYTH:
      • The resume will get you the job.
    • The goal of a good resume is to help you:
      • Focus your goals
      • Attract attention
      • GET YOU an Interview!
        • NOTE: The best time to leave a resume is after you’ve connected with someone (it’s like a business card)
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Myths & Realities
  • MYTH:
      • The job search must be a solitary activity
    • The best job search is one often conducted with another person. This helps provide:
      • Support
      • Encouragement
      • New ideas
      • Accountability
      • Commitment!
what is a resume
What is a Resume?
  • A Marketing Tool .. Individually designed
  • Summarizes and highlights your background
  • Shows employers how you have contributed ….and how you’ve made a difference!
what is a resume1
What is a Resume?
  • Serves as a screening device
  • Can guide the interview
  • Should be targeted to each specific job
  • Is just ONE piece of the job search processl
what is a resume2
What is a Resume?
  • Should be crisp and focused
  • Should be written in the language of the industry or department
  • Should be truthfully slanted to your goal
what do you include on your resume
What do you include on your resume?
  • The initial Heading:
  • Objective, skills summary or profile
  • Work experience
  • Education and/or other training information
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What do you include on your resume?
  • Other information:
    • Other skills (typing, computer, etc)
    • Licenses
    • Certificates
    • Awards
    • Professional affiliations
    • Language proficiencies
the heading use the header formatting
The Heading(Use the “header” formatting)
  • Include:
    • Name
      • If you have a name you prefer to be called you can place this is ( )
      • Example – Margaret (Peggy) Smith
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
objective page 5
Objective:(page 5)
  • Should be written specifically for the position you are applying for:
    • What you want to do
    • Where you want to perform it
    • At what level of responsibility
    • With what goal in mind and/or
    • And/or utilizing what skills
other possible categories
Other possible categories:
  • A “Skills Summary”
  • A “Summary of Qualifications” or “Qualifications Summary”
  • Highlights
  • Profile
skills summary or profile for ernie the alley cat pg 6
Skills Summary or Profile:(for Ernie the Alley Cat – pg 6)
  • Excellent nonverbal communication skills.
  • Highly developed purring ability.
  • Affectionate. Adaptable. Rare feline willingness to follow established guidelines.
  • Omnivorous. Strong rodent-control capabilities.
experience heading
Experience Heading:
  • Reverse chronological order (most recent experience first)
  • Include:
    • Name of organization
    • Location
    • Job Title
    • Dates of employment (or to “present”)
the most important section
The most important section!
  • Describe your job duties:
    • ACTION VERBS! (pg 17-18)
    • Describe accomplishments over duties
      • Not just a job description
    • Use present or past tense
    • Let’s try one! (write down a sentence about something you currently do on your job)
experience section
Experience Section:
  • Quantify information:
    • Number of employees you supervised
    • Amount of money you handled
    • Percentage increase in participation
  • Indicate positive outcomes!
problem action result
Problem Action Result!
  • Initiated a program to place students in professional position. Interviewed, screened and placed students in 150 positions and increased the placement rate by 25% in the first year.
positive outcomes
Positive Outcomes:
  • Reduced turnover
  • Save money
  • Increased efficiency
  • Contributed to departmental goals
  • Demonstrated ability to …..
  • Recognized for…..
education heading
Education Heading:
  • List the most recent schooling (reverse chronological)
  • Do not include High School if you have a college degree
  • Don’t always need to put the dates
education page 9
Education: (page 9)
  • The education information should include:
      • Name of the school or institution
      • Location
      • Date graduated (or anticipated date)
      • Major/minor
      • GPA (or major GPA)
      • Honors can also be added here (Dean's List...)
      • Related courses (that pertain to the position)
other possible headings pg 10
Other Possible Headings: (pg 10)


  • Proficient in:
    • Microsoft Office 2005 (Work, Excel, PowerPoint) Harvard Graphics (DOS and Windows) Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft DOS 6.2 Alpha4
  • Familiar with:
    • Lotus 1-2-3 Microsoft Word for Windows Video Show/Picture it
language skills
Language Skills:
  • Fluent in French
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Basic Chinese
other possible headings pg 101
Other Possible Headings: (pg 10)

Honors and Awards:

  • Future Business Leaders of America, President
  • Professional Assistants International Scholarship
  • Berkley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education
professional affiliations
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Institute of Professional Accountants
  • Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • VP of Membership – The American Society for Training and Development
types of resumes
Types of Resumes:
  • Chronological:
  • Functional:
s m a r t goals
S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Acceptable
  • Realistic
  • Timely
your individual plan
Your Individual Plan
  • Write down these goals:
    • When will you complete a first draft of your resume:
      • DATE:________________________________________
    • Who are three people who will look it over:
      • _____________________________________________
      • _____________________________________________
      • _____________________________________________
    • When will these people have finished looking it over:
      • DATE:__________________________________________
the good life

The Good Life

“Living in the place you belong, with the people you love, doing the what you love, on purpose”

Richard Leider, Repacking your bags, 1995

small group discussion
Small Group Discussion
  • Get with your small group
  • Are you Plateaued?
    • What are the “symptoms”?
    • What are some issues or obstacles you’re facing?