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Resume Prep for the Business Professional

Presented by:

Mike Major, SPHRDirectorCareer Services

career services

Career Services

Career Services

Winning Résumés

www.svsu.edu/careers

value proposition

Career Services

Value Proposition
  • What will you bring to the organization?
  • Do you have the skills necessary to do the work?
  • Do you have the experience that the organization desires?

www.svsu.edu/careers

layout primer
Eyes tracing

Down

From left to right

Use of bold

Use of italics

White space

Clear headings

No large text blocks

Use of bullets

Career Services

Layout Primer

www.svsu.edu/careers

standard resume headers

Career Services

Standard Resume Headers
  • Name and Contact Information
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Relevant (Fieldwork) Experience
  • Computer & Technical Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Community Involvement & Accomplishments
  • References

www.svsu.edu/careers

name and contact information

Career Services

Name and Contact Information

Susan Student

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

(989) 222-2222 (Cell)

(989) 555-5555 (Home)

careers@svsu.edu

*if you’re not staying at home or don’t trust your roommates to take messages, cell only is appropriate

www.svsu.edu/careers

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Career Services

www.svsu.edu/careers

objective personal summary
Be sure that it is customized specifically for each job that you are applying for

“To apply my exceptional interpersonal, creative and teamwork skills as a co-op or intern in business.”  Too Vague

Study the Job Description to see what qualities they are looking for and accentuate those aspects of your professional capabilities

Career Services

Objective/Personal Summary

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objective personal summary1
“To apply my exceptional leadership, interpersonal, and technical skills as an accounting intern with the Dow Corning Corporation.”

Being very specific in an objective statement is helpful when resumes go into a CENTRALIZED HR office with DECENTRALIZED hiring managers

Career Services

Objective/Personal Summary

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objective

Career Services

Objective
  • It’s not always required.
  • If you use one, make it count.

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education

Career Services

Education
  • What is most important?
  • Standard format

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Anticipated: May 2015

Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Minor: Marketing

President’s List: Eight semesters

Deans’ List: Fall 2008, Winter 2009

GPA: 3.55 (list if above a 3.0)

SVSU BBA/BPA/MBA degrees are AACSB accredited, is this important?

www.svsu.edu/careers

related experience
Previous positions that are relevant to the one you want

Acceptable format:

Career Services Student Employee Sept. 2012–May 2013

Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Assist in the recruitment of SVSU students and alumni by facilitating in the posting of nearly 4,300 vacant positions to the online job database

Interact directly with business and community leaders through telephone conversations

Use Action Words for Bullets

Career Services

Related Experience

www.svsu.edu/careers

computer technical skills

Career Services

Computer / Technical Skills
  • For business majors, this section is usually one of the most difficult to write due to the varying skill levels

COMPUTER / TECHNICAL SKILLS (Basic)

MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; Corel WordPerfect; various email packages; Windows Operating Systems

COMPUTER / TECHNICAL SKILLS (Advanced)

Graphic Design Skills: Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator; GIMP

Applications: MS Certified Excel Expert

Database Systems: SQL Server, MySQL, MS Access

www.svsu.edu/careers

importance of effective bullet statements

Career Services

Importance of Effective Bullet Statements
  • “A picture is worth 1,000 words”
  • Paint a picture in the employer’s mind
  • Statements should be clear, concise and detailed
  • “Presented to a group of students” vs.“Presented to a group of 35 college freshmen”

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three levels of bullet statements

Career Services

Three Levels of Bullet Statements
  • Level One
    • Lists duties, tasks and responsibilities
      • Helped customers
      • Stocked shelves
      • Used cash register
      • Cleaned store
      • Dealt with students
    • Not very impressive
    • Tasks implied by the title
    • Add no value to résumé

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it is our recommendation that you do not use level one bullet statements at any time on your r sum

Career Services

It is our recommendation that you do not use Level One bullet statements at any time on your résumé.

www.svsu.edu/careers

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Career Services

Three Levels of Bullet Statements
  • Level Two
    • Explain how or in what way you perform level one tasks exceptionally well
    • Additional duties that you initiated?
      • Assisted customers in a warm and friendly manner
      • Stocked shelves during down times to ensure a professional environment
      • Processed financial transactions through the cash register in a fast and efficient manner
      • Cleaned store to maintain an appealing atmosphere to enhance customer satisfaction

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Career Services

While it is acceptable to use Level Two bullet statements from time to time, you will not want to rely on these to earn you an interview.

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three levels of bullet statements2

Career Services

Three Levels of Bullet Statements
  • Level Three
    • Describe accomplishments and achievements
    • Increase something good or decrease something bad?
    • Employers want individuals who will make a difference
      • Earned Associate of the Month honors for outstanding service in June 2012
      • Created effective displays which increased monthly sales by 200% in a two-month period

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work experience
Match skill sets with new position

Example:

Crew Member May 2010 – April 2013

McDonald’s Restaurant, Bay City, MI

Prepared 500 orders during the daily lunch hour

Effectively dealt with stressful situations in a team environment

Career Services

Work Experience

www.svsu.edu/careers

other activities

Career Services

Other Activities
  • Highlight appropriate accomplishments
  • Example:

HONORS / AWARDS / ACTIVITIES

Volunteer, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Midland May 2006 – Present

* Received ultimate brother award by successfully logging over 1,000 hours of volunteer service, assisting four youths who all went on to attend college

Member, SVSU ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Sept. 2008 – Present

* Served as treasurer for an on-campus organization of over 50 members and $10,000 in resources

Recipient, SVSU Award for Excellence Scholarship Aug. 2007 – May 2008

www.svsu.edu/careers

resumes vs cvs

Career Services

Resumes vs. CVs
  • Resumes – Two pages max (“old school” philosophers still say 1 page)
  • CVs – Longer, more elaborate, used in higher education and graduate school
    • Use the additional space with purpose
    • Accomplishments / Achievements
    • Do NOT include “tasks” that don’t add value

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references

Career Services

References
  • Ask permission!!
  • Choose wisely
  • Keep your references informed of your job search

Dr. Someone Who-knowsyouwell, Professor

Department of Management

Saginaw Valley State University

308 Curtiss Hall

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

(989) 964-4000 (Office)

swhoknou@svsu.edu

www.svsu.edu/careers

cover letters

Career Services

Cover Letters
  • Will be read after résumé
  • Emphasize characteristics that are supported in résumé
  • Keep it short and simple

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finally

Career Services

Finally…
  • Review, review, review!
  • Career Services
    • careers@svsu.edu
    • 964-4954
    • Appointments with staff for review
    • SVSU Writing Center
  • Guidelines and Tutorials available:
    • http://www.svsu.edu/careers

www.svsu.edu/careers