Resume Workshop. Definition: A description of who you are: your competencies accomplishments future capabilities A marketing tool. Purpose: Applicant’s perspective- Get the attention of a prospective employer Get an interview Reviewer’s perspective: Communicate value
A description of who you are:
A marketing tool
Get the attention of a prospective employer
Get an interview
Applicant screeningWhat is a Resume?
Desired type of job
Know the employer
Mission or Vision
Distinctive services or features
Target your resume.Do Your Research!
The type of information you choose to
put on your resume.
The way you arrange this information.
How this information is presented aesthetically.
Let’s look at the samples.
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Business Administration, May 2008
Hospitality & Tourism Management Major
Overall GPA – 3.1; Major GPA – 3.6
(Usually don’t need to list High School at all.)
When to use the Combination Format?
Print on a laser printer.
Be consistent with heading style and margins.
Font: no smaller than 10 point.
Margins: no smaller than 0.5 inches.
Paper choice matters.
Check for spelling and grammatical errors.
Use one font style and size (except for your name).
Fill the page.
Try to stick to 1 page in most cases.
Paragraphs vs. bullets.
Use bullets, not dashes.Appearance
If a position is still in progress, indicate so:
Vary your verbs.
Talk about the big picture, i.e. what impact your action had on the organization.
Proofread beyond spell check.A Few Final Guidelines… Do’s
Don’t include hobbies. feedback.
Don’t use “I”.
Don’t describe duties in paragraph form - use bullets.A Few Final Guidelines……
COVER LETTERS feedback.