2.Catch the attention of an employer
Get an interview
Why a Resume that ROCKS?
3.A marketing tool that summarizes a person’s skills, experience, education, and other unique factors that make him or her qualified for a position, opening, or opportunity
Definition of Resume
4.Main purpose is to get an interview.
Entrance into graduate school or specialized training programs
Part of a portfolio
Purpose of a Resume
5.Very much should depend on the purpose and position applying for.
All resumes should include applicant’s contact information.
Information about applicant’s education, training, experience, and skills.
What does a resume include?
6.Name, addresses, phone numbers
Website and email address
Summary of qualifications
ROCKing Resume Contents
7.Target the resume to the position.
Incorporate language from the job posting/position description into headings and action bullets.
No one-size-fits-all Resume
8.Is clear, organized, direct and professional.
Has accurate information.
Looks good on paper.
Focuses on accomplishments by using action verbs.
Is brief and easy to read.
An Effective Resume
9.Target your job.
Choose a format.
Draft your resume.
Edit and critique.
Resume Writing Steps
Work history, most recent first
Preferred by many employers
Best for those with a good work history who have advanced in job titles
Best for those with limited education or experience
Not well received Work with a career adviser if you choose this style
Combines work history and skills
Choose a Resume Format
11.Define career goals clearly and concisely.
Briefly describe the position you seek.
To obtain an entry-level retail sales position that requires strong customer-service skills.
12.Use action verbs and statements.
Show potential for more responsibility.
Advanced from Youth Leader to 4-H Council Youth Representative
Provided club leadership for Habitat for Humanity community service project resulting in 50 hours of donated services.
Promoted from caddie to grounds student supervisor.
High school and graduation date.
GPA if 3.0 or better.
Special honors. Example: Honor Roll.
Courses completed related to the job.
Cousino High School Warren, Michigan Graduation expected: June 2013
Computer classes: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
14.Not just a list of duties performed.
Specific and results-oriented.
Promoted from host to waiter in two months
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Adobe Photoshop
Wrote high school newsletter’s youth column three years
15.Demonstrate leadership and community involvement.
4-H Michigan State University Junior Scholarship, 2012
Outstanding Service Volunteer, United Way of Southeast Michigan, 2011
Activities and Honors
16.Keep to one page.
Bullets, not paragraphs.
Avoid italics and underlining.
All-caps and boldface text make important words stand out.
Headers and contact info larger.
Arial, Times New Roman, Palatino, Tahoma, Verdana
Smaller fonts no less than 11 points
Larger fonts can be 10 points
17.Spelling errors, typos, poor grammar (proof by reading backward)
Poor presentation (poor formatting, wordy, poor paper selection)
Unprofessional email address
Unqualified for job
18.List on a separate page.
Ask permission and give references a copy of your resume.
Recommendation letters need to be originals.
19.Resumes evolve over time.
Good resumes get interview opportunities.
Your interview “performance” secures the job.
What you put into your career management is what you will get out of it.
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have.”
— Abraham Lincoln