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Creating an Effective and Appealing R é sum é. AGCM 4203 Professional Development in Agricultural Communications. Objectives. Assess the purpose of a r ésumé Distinguish differences between the three types of r ésumés Identify content of a r ésumé Suggest some r ésumé parameters.

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Creating an effective and appealing r sum

Creating an Effective and Appealing Résumé

AGCM 4203

Professional Development in Agricultural Communications


  • Assess the purpose of a résumé

  • Distinguish differences between the three types of résumés

  • Identify content of a résumé

  • Suggest some résumé parameters

The purpose of a r sum
The Purpose of a Résumé

  • To capture someone’s attention in a positive manner.

  • To be in the “Let’s take a look” pile and not the “round” file.

  • To get you a job (internship) interview.

  • Your personal 30-second commercial

Chronological r sum
Chronological Résumé

  • Professionals making upward career move

  • Combines experience/skills with employment history

  • Each position has different description

  • Shows stable work history

  • Work history shows progress toward objective

Functional r sum
Functional Résumé

  • Highlights skills and experiences

  • Focuses attention on skills, not work experience

  • Best for first time job seekers

  • Skills related to objective are highlighted

  • Employment history at the end

Skills employers desire
Skills Employers Desire

5 = Extremely


Source: Job Outlook 2000, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Combination r sum
Combination Résumé

  • Highlights skills of specific jobs

  • Lists other work experience

  • Each position involves a different description

  • Excellent for “new” college graduates

30 seconds is all you get
30 Seconds Is All You Get

  • Make your résumé eye-catching and impressive

  • What do you want them to remember?

    • Your name

    • Your qualifications

    • Your experience and accomplishments

This one has to be perfect
This One Has to Be Perfect

  • Grammar/Spelling/Punctuation

  • Alignment/Consistency

  • Accuracy in content

    • Dates

    • Names of Employers

    • Duties/Titles

Audience centered

  • Pull yourself away from your ego

    • Stuff that is important to you may not be so important to others

  • Brag on yourself

  • Don’t be afraid to say what you did in your previous jobs

    • Don’t get carried away making up a cool title for your summer job as a lifeguard

      • “Executive Manager of Aquatic Safety and Recreational Rules Enforcement, Stillwater Public Swimming Pool”


  • Use active verbs to describe what you did in your previous jobs and experiences

    • Achieved

    • Broadened

    • Initiated

    • Maintained

    • Transformed

Focus on your strengths
Focus on Your Strengths

  • Less-experienced applicants usually like the functional résumé, which focuses on skills as opposed to actual work experience

  • Put the most important info. first, according to the job requirements

  • Don’t discount class projects and activities, volunteer work, and other extra-curricular activities

Personal heading
Personal Heading

  • Name

  • Address

  • Telephone number

  • E-mail

  • Web site

Pistol Pete

514 Kerr Hall

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74078

(405) 744-5555

[email protected]


Describe a position in a field

“A marketing position with a major manufacturer of packaged foods.”

Tie your skills to a position

  • “To apply research, design, data analysis, and report writing skills to a marketing research position.”


  • Be specific by:

    • Industry

    • Position

    • Geographic location

  • “To obtain an entry-level public relations position with a large company in the Midwest.”

  • Or better yet, don’t include one.


Degree and date awarded (to be awarded)

Institution (city and state)

Major and minor(s)

Overall GPA

Financed education

“Financed 75% of college by scholarships and employment”


Education sample
Education Sample

Bachelor of Science May, 2000

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078

Major Area: Agricultural Communications

GPA: 3.15/4.0 scale

Financed 80% of college by scholarships and employment

Experience skills

  • Position title

  • Name and location of employer

  • Dates of employment

  • Description of responsibilities (use action verbs – past tense)

  • Description of skills

Additional categories
Additional Categories

  • Relevant course work

  • Honors and recognitions

    • Indicate award’s purpose

  • Activities

    • Don’t list clubs if all you did was belong

Writing your r sum
Writing Your Résumé

  • Step 1: Prepare your objective

  • Step 2: Develop your specific headings

  • Step 3: Determine leads

  • Step 4: Construct entries

  • Step 5: Proof…proof…have someone else proof…PROOF!!

R sum appearance
Résumé Appearance

  • Paper

  • Margins

  • Font types and size (serifor sans serif)

  • Don’t underline or use italic font

  • Header location and spacing

  • Location of dates

  • Use simple bullets (not “*”)

Calm your fears
Calm Your Fears

  • Relax, if you’re struggling a bit; you’re no different than thousands of college graduates in the same situation

  • Work with others to proof and improve your résumé

  • Don’t wait until the last minute … BE PREPARED!