Resume • Resumes give basic information quickly; their purpose is to get you an interview. • Employers take 10-20 seconds to screen resume and sort into piles of “yes,” “no,” “maybe.” • Be clear, concise and specific about your experience and skills.
Two types of resumes • Chronological: Lists everything in chronological order. • Targeted: Lists items so that it specifically highlights the experience you have that is relevant to the job for which you are applying.
The goal of a chronological resume is to show that you have a long continuing chronology of work. Only applicable if you have been working in the same field as the new job for which you are applying.
As opposed to that, the goal of a targeted resume is to show that you have the skills and qualifications that are being sought for a position. Especially applicable when you don’t have much actual work experience in the field.
Chronological Resume Targeted Resume The goal of a targeted resume is to show that you have the skills and qualifications that are being sought for a position. Especially applicable when you don’t have much actual work experience in the field. The goal of a chronological resume is to show that you have a long continuing chronology of work. Only applicable if you have been working in the same field as the new job for which you are applying.
How to create a targeted resume Look at the internship requirements; make sure you are eligible to apply. Underline the job requirements of the internship that relates to you. Circles the skills and/or job duties the internship site is seeking.
If you’re not targeting a specific internship … Consider the skills and experience required of an intern taking part in your “dream internship” Think about the similar skills and experience you’ve had (could be at work, in the classroom, in a volunteer capacity, on a sports team, or in any other area) Compile a list of the skills and experience you have that matches
Now begin building your resume from the top down Use the golden triangle. The information at the top of the page gets read the most. Thus, the information most aligned with the needs of the internship should come first. This applies to the overall resume and information within each experience. The first bullet is more likely to be read than the rest of the information.
Subheads to consider • Academic Courses • Academic Highlights • Areas of Interest • Related Skills • Computer Skills • Certifications • Personal Attributes • Related Experience • Other Experience • Qualifications • Accomplishments • Professional Affiliations • Areas of Knowledge • Areas of Strength • Capabilities • Honors and Awards • Languages
When compiling skills, include all • Google + • Twitter • Tumblr • Facebook • Pinterest • Instagram • Ning • Analytics • List all Office programs • FinalCut and all other video-editing programs • Photo-editing programs • Design programs • Important apps • Wordpress • And so on ….
Work Experience • When writing the Experience section of your resume, organize your jobs to maximize the related work you have done. • Use a section called Relevant Experience to present those jobs related to your target in an organized and unified way, especially if they don’t naturally fall in chronological order. • If you participated in volunteer jobs or student leadership activities that relate to your career goals, you can describe your accomplishments in more detail with bullets rather than just listing them. • You can create another heading called Other Experience to include those jobs that don’t relate as well to your target but that you still want to keep on your resume.
Bulleting Information • Arrange your bullets to emphasize the most relevant job duties and responsibilities. • For example, if you want a job as a writer, describe the writing-related activities you did first, even if these were not your primary responsibility on that job. • You may have spent less than 10 percent of your time writing, but list these responsibilities first because that is what potential employers will be interested in. Put peripheral experiences last, if at all.
Resume Format • Stick to one page • Be consistent with terms, spelling and grammar • Use Associated Press style • Bold only most important items, such as subheads, job title, etc. • Use black ink, quality paper • Do not bold too many items • Do not use fancy fonts, too many fonts • Avoid underlined or italicized text
Resume Format • Format should be pleasing and balanced • Should not be too crowded • All formatting should be logical and consistent • Your name should be in larger font • Keep font of resume body in 10 or 12 • Use professional-looking fonts • Think bold lines extending the width of the page help to separate (but don’t overdo)
Paula S. Horvath @doc_paula http://paulahn.com firstname.lastname@example.org Phorvath.LinkedIn.com Think about what you want to put at top; It will probably be different for online/print versions
Paula S. Horvath 8245 Melrose Road Melrose, FL 32666 email@example.com @doc_paula http://paulahn.com horvath.LinkedIn.com On your print version (and also on your business cards, you might want to put a QR code that will link to your ePortfolio. You can easily make one by finding an online QR
Information for a Resume • Ozzie Osprey,123 University Drive, #123, Jacksonville, Florida 32224, Phone: (904) 123-1234, Email: Ozzie@gmail.com • Work: D.L. Horton Builders, Jacksonville, Florida, Office Assistant, answered phones, filed, helped PR deal with media and promotions, put together reports The Spinnaker (University of North Florida), Jacksonville, Florida, writer, wrote stories and edited, conducted other business-related tasks • Other: Intern for Buzz Magazine, Played and managed several local bands • Skills: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Indesign; MS Publisher, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Explorer; Silent Partner • Bachelor of Science in Communication- Journalism, Expected December 2013, Current GPA 3.3 • Want to apply for an internship at American Idol
Ozzie Osprey 123 University Drive, #123 Jacksonville, FL 32224 Phone: (904) 123-1234 Email: Ozzie@gmail.com ___________________________________________________________________________________ Objective American Idol Summer 2013 Communication Internship EducationUniversity of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla. Bachelor of Science in Communication- JournalismExpected December 2013 Current GPA 3.3/4.0 Associate of ArtsAugust 2008 GPA 3.1/4.0 Skills Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Indesign; MS Publisher, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Explorer; Silent Partner
Related The Spinnaker (University of North Florida), Jacksonville Fla. Experience WriterSeptember 20012 – Present · Edit musical and cultural sections of weekly student newspaper · Write film reviews and feature articles · Assist with various promotional and public relations tasks Various Bands, Jacksonville, Fla.Promoter and PerformerMay 2009 – Present · Organize, promote, and assure success of entertainment events · Negotiate recording contracts for local bands · Excellent sales utilizing creative promotional strategies University of North Florida, Jacksonville Fla. Media Planning ClassAugust – December 2012 · Learned to critically and strategically plan and create advertising media · Practiced how to plan and buy of media · Studied audience measurement, media research and marketing Buzz Entertainment Magazine, Jacksonville, Fla. InternMay - August 2012 · Researched media costs for assigned client projects · Wrote musical and film review articles for the publication · Interviewed up and coming performers for the “Who’s Who in the City”
OtherD.L. Horton Builders, Jacksonville, Fla. ExperienceOffice Assistant May 2010 to January 2012· Worked in Marketing Department; provided input on ad planning and media selection · Assisted sales agents with collateral preparation and public relations promotions · Performed a variety of tasks including filing and data entry for production reports
Resume Tips • Use postal service abbreviations only in your address (FL) and use AP state abbreviations elsewhere (Fla.) • You should have your anticipated graduation date • Education should come as the first subhead • Bullets are better than chunks of text • Do not underline, or use “blued” emails or web addresses • Make sure you include city and state for items • In lists of things like education/experience, place more recent first • Do not include high school graduation/events/jobs • Do not include bulleted descriptions of jobs that aren’t relevant • Communication and NOT communications • At top of resume should put cell phone, address (optional – not on online resume), email address, Twitter handle, LinkedIn page, and ePortfolio URL • Could even put a QR code for your ePortfolio