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Resume Writing 101. Barnabas Success Center. Getting Started. Make a list Education Clinical Rotations Jobs Volunteer Experiences Organizations/Activities/Leadership Roles Accomplishments/Awards Special training/Skills Not all categories have to be included. Format.

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    1. Resume Writing 101 Barnabas Success Center

    2. Getting Started Make a list • Education • Clinical Rotations • Jobs • Volunteer Experiences • Organizations/Activities/Leadership Roles • Accomplishments/Awards • Special training/Skills Not all categories have to be included.

    3. Format • Start with a blank document. • Single space • Use font size 11 pt or12 pt. Use one, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman, Garamond or Calibri. • Avoid graphics, color blocks, multiple fonts. • Include name, address, phone, and professional email address at the top of the page. • Ensure section headings are clearly identifiable.

    4. Format • Name & Contact Info • Use professional email, professional greeting • Use local address if looking in Dallas • Objective • Focus on what you will contribute • Do not focus on what you are looking for • 1-2 sentences • Education • School name, location, degree, grad date • List most recent degree first • No not include HS (unless relevant to job) • List GPA if over 3.0

    5. Format • Clinical Experience • Name of rotation, location, hours/time • Skills learned, technology used, etc. • Job Experience • Chronological order (most recent first) • Title, company name, location, dates • 3-5 bulleted action statements • Begin with verbs, use past tense for the past • No full sentences (no “I” or “me”)

    6. What else? (at your discretion) • Awards/Academic Honors • Extracurricular activities/volunteer work • Leadership positions during college • “References available upon request”

    7. Beginner’s Tips • Be consistent In your use of punctuation, abbreviations, job titles, spacing, etc. For example, abbreviate all state names the same way (MN, CA or Minn., Calif.), • Exercise restraint Fonts, bullet points, and other design elements • Limit the length One page (two at the most) “The goal isn't to hit them over the head with everything you've ever done. The goal is to get a job interview." (Donlin, K. (2012). Three Little Resume Things. http://www.baylor.edu/careerservices/index.php?id=7996)

    8. Things not to include: • Misspellings/extra words/informal language • Scholarships • Hobbies and personal information (age) • Insignificant short-term experience • Nominations/invitations to join

    9. Final Reminders • Remember your audience! • Spell check • Print on high quality paper (no color) • Email as a PDF with your name as title

    10. Cover Letter Writing 101 Barnabas Success Center

    11. Tips • CUSTOMIZE to position • Similar format to resume • Proof read extensively • Don’t start all sentences with “I” • Focus on their mission, values, strengths • Use similar language to job describtion • Avoid sharing personal information

    12. Content • 3-4 paragraphs in length • Greeting: use name if known • 1st paragraph: refer to specific position & how you knew about it • 2- 3rd paragraph: your experience/skills = what they are looking for • Use concrete examples where possible • Conclusion: Next step & thank you!