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Résumé Writing. Goals, Tips, and Justifications. Change your résumé for each job application. Tie every piece of information you give them to something they need Looking for leadership? Give them leadership experience. Résumés do the following. Save the HR person time

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Résumé Writing

Goals, Tips, and Justifications


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Change your résumé for each job application

  • Tie every piece of information you give them to something they need

  • Looking for leadership? Give them leadership experience


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Résumés do the following

  • Save the HR person time

  • Serve as a record in your file

  • Get you an interview


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Most Résumés Contain

  • Personal contact information

  • Objective

  • Education

  • Experience

  • Awards

  • Activities

  • Computer Skills

  • References sentence or phrase


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Writing Tips

  • Give yourself time to write a résumé

  • Think like a human resources professional

  • Make your information easy to read.

    • Avoid long paragraphs

    • Choose an appropriate font and size

    • Give your contact information early


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Impress them.

  • Take the time to find out this information

    -Name (with proper spelling)

    -Title

    -Procedure

    -Needs

    -Something about the company


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Show, don’t tell.

  • Never just tell the employer what you’re like—show them with examples, and let them describe you


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Show, Don’t Tell

  • Example 1

    • I am a hardworking person with great organizational skills


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Show, Don’t Tell

  • Example 1

    • I am a hardworking person with great organizational skills

    • I was elected the chair of my sorority’s budget committee. I was responsible for the accounts of 24 members and a yearly house budget of $32,000 dollars


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Show, don’t tell

  • Example 2

    • I am a responsible student


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Show, don’t tell

  • Example 2

    • I am a responsible student

    • In my two semesters at TTU, I have taken 31 credits and maintained my 3.7 GPA


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You may have noticed:

  • That the previous examples use numbers

  • Numbers jump out on a page of text—use them to your advantage

  • Numbers preceded by a dollar sign are even more effective



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A Hint

  • Search and destroy all “Was responsible for” phrase. These usually hide active impressive verbs

  • Ex: Was responsible for the supervision of 12 video clerks

  • Better: Supervised 12 video clerks


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Use Parallelism

  • Parallelism is a writing technique that places equally important parts in equal grammatical form

  • You want to use parallelism in lists—especially lists that begin with bullets


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A Very Common Mistake in Parallelism

Today’s presentation will take the following format:

-Examine the current dress code

-Reasons for a change in the dress code

-New dress code explanation

-Summary


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Same example, with Parallelism

In today’s presentation, we will:

-Examine the current dress code

-Give reasons for a change in the dress code

-Explain the new dress code

-Summarize the main points


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Where should I look for parallelism mistakes in résumés?

  • Look carefully at the first word in each entry, especially under job experience

  • Generally, you’ll want to start each entry with an action verb—make sure they’re parallel


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Use Visual Hierarchy

  • Visual Hierarchy: organizing output visually using formatting

  • You can use any visual hierarchy you choose—but be sure to user-test it to ensure others understand


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Examples of Visual Hierarchy

  • In the following examples, which information is more important:

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

    Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering

  • B.S. Materials Science and Engineering

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


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Résumé Types:

  • Chronological

  • Analytical


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Use White Space Strategically

  • White space naturally attracts the eye

  • Items surrounded by white space attract attention—use white space strategically


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Supervised the monthly inventory

Managed 3 sales clerks

Sold $1,200 worth of apparel weekly

In this position, I managed three sales clerks, supervised the monthly inventory, and sold $1,200 worth of apparel weekly

Which is a better use of white space?


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Looking professional in the printing process.

  • Choose a proper color

    • White

    • Off-white

    • Gray

  • Choose a proper paper

    • Résumé paper

    • Cotton content

    • Be 20- or 24-lb.


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Looking professional in the printing process.

  • Whatever printer you use—

    CHECK THE PRINTOUT!

  • Smudges, feathered lines, or faint ink do not make you look professional


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The Résumé Writing Process

  • Take notes on your achievements and keep them in a file

  • Think about your achievements

    • Chronologically

    • By amount of effort

    • By what you enjoyed most

    • By what took the most time


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Use the resources at your disposal

  • Have at least one other person look it over

  • Take it to the Writing Center, take it to your parents, show it to your roommate.

  • Realize not all advice will agree.