CREATING YOUR FIRST TECHNICAL RESUME. For Whom is it Being Written? What Does the Reader Want to See?. Why You Would Need a Resume?. Degree related job or internship Scholarship Job unrelated to degree Research opportunity Student leadership position Tutoring position
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Why You Would Need a Resume? • Degree related job or internship • Scholarship • Job unrelated to degree • Research opportunity • Student leadership position • Tutoring position • Student organization membership
Applying for an Internship • Major • Graduation Date • GPA • Who are you? • Experience • Interpersonal Skills • Accomplishments
Skills Technical Interpersonal
You need to know your Transferable Skills and be able to talk about them.
Top 10 Skills/Qualities Employers Seek • Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside of the organization • Ability to work in a team structure • Ability to make decisions and solve problems • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work • Ability to obtain and process information • Ability to analyze quantitative data • Technical knowledge related to the job • Proficiency with computer software programs • Ability to create and/or edit professional reports • Ability to sell or influence others
Experience can come from… • Jobs • Class projects • Research • Extracurricular activities • Community service • Volunteer experience • Sports • Travel
How to Decide What to Include Select the strongest, most relevant examples that are of the greatest interest to the reader
What Comes Next? Strongest, most important Less important Least important
Elements of a Resume • Name • Address • Contact information • Summary • Education • Technical skills • Interpersonal skills
MICHAEL V. SMITH 2050 East Broadway Road #953Tempe, AZ 85282480 firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary Biomedical engineering freshman, detail-oriented, team player with lab experience seeking an opportunity to learn more about medical devices
Education Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Chemical Engineering May 2017 Barrett, The Honors College Minor: Sustainability Certificate: International Business Arizona State University Tempe, AZ GPA 3.8
Possible Headings Technical Experience Campus Involvement Extracurricular Activities Community Service Leadership Employment
Employment Job Title Dates Company Name City, State
Tasks Vs. Accomplishments Tutored students in algebra, calculus and physics Or Analyzed individual learning styles and developed appropriate strategies for presenting material; all students improved at least one letter grade
Elements of Strong Resume Bullets • Start with a strong action word • Show the accomplishment/results • Quantify wherever possible Saving time and/or money is always good!
It’s OK to have a big, long document for your own use but, what you give to an employer should be ONE PAGE!Remember…It’s you commercial, not your autobiography.
Strongest, most important Less important Least important
Resume Tips • Customize each resume for a specific reader • Catch the reader’s attention at the top of the page • Clearly demonstrate the benefits to reader -- WII FM • 100% Error free • Use basic fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri • Margins should be 1” (normal) • Avoid personal information • Do not use “I” or “my” • Do not use abbreviations or acronyms • Be consistent with use or omission of periods at the end of bullets
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