Resume Tips and Tools For students participating in SKILLS USA
Mindi Federman AskelsonDirector of Placement and Student Life
Purpose of a ResumeResumes are effective tools for employers to use as a screening device to control the deluge of responses to job postings.
Applicants use resumes to introduce themselves to the employer in hopes of be granted an interview.
Resume SecretsThere is a good chance that a support staff person, not the hiring manager, will review your resume and compare it to the job description. Resumes are not read thoroughly, so it is important you bring your qualifications out front and center.
Phases of Building ResumesTargeting a specific employer or employment opportunity.Developing the content that documents your skills and abilities.Designing and editing the document.
In this power point will cover developing and designing a resume.
Types of ResumesAccording to Resume Magic, 99% of business resumes fall into two distinct genres:ChronologicalFunctional
ChronologicalA historical timeline of your experiences. Does not necessarily need to include dates.Descriptions of what you did and how you did it should be listed under Experience or Employment History section.Most recent employer is listed first and least recent is listed last.
Example of a Chronological Resume
FunctionalRelies on skills-based section to demonstrate qualifications.Company names, employment titles, and dates are intentionally omitted.Often the best choice for individuals with minimal or no paid experience.
Example of a functional resume
Choosing a Type of ResumeTo learn which resume style best suites your needs go to:
Choosing a resume style
Parts of a ResumeA resume can contain any or all of the following sections:Resume HeaderObjective or Focus StatementProfessional ExperienceSkills, Abilities, and Special InterestsEducation, Credentials, and LicensesAffiliationsAwards and Honors
Resume HeaderA resume header can contain any or all of the following sectionsNameAddressLandline numberCell phone numberWork phone numberFaxEmail addressJohn Doe Pitt
123 Green Tree Rd New York, NJ 09092(343) 341-8765 firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Action Verbs Todays job descriptions begin with action verbs, so should your resume. Start sentences with action verbs that list results and complete the sentence with the method used to achieve the results.
Ex: Increased sales 17% through introduction of consultative sales approach.
Action WordsThe internet is full of good examples of action oriented words for resumes. Here are just a few links: http://www.quintcareers.com/action_skills.htmlhttp://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/skills/resumes/verbs.htmlhttp://www.resume-help.org/resume_action_words.htmhttp://www.usao.edu/studentservices/Career%20Services/Resume%20Action%20Words%20and%20Phrases.pdf
Objective or Focus StatementNeeds to grab the readers attention.Is focused on the employers needs.Is directed toward what the employer wants or is looking for and how you can be an asset to them.Should be brief, one or two sentences.Includes: the position you want.the key skills that qualify you.the benefits or value to an employer.
Professional ExperienceLargest portion of the chronological format.Can include both paid and volunteer positions related to your career goal.Includes job title, company name, company location and dates employed.
SkillsOffers employers a menu of your talents.Largest portion of the functional format.Provides a format for individuals with limited paid or recent job experience to showcase their abilities.
Turning Experiences Into WordsNeed help brainstorming experiences that will look good on a resume? Having trouble turning college experiences and coursework into transferable skills? Not sure what extracurricular and volunteer activities to list on your resume? We have some worksheets that can help!
WorksheetsCollege experience worksheetTransferable skills worksheetExamining extracurricular, volunteer and community activities worksheetPortray your skills as transferable worksheetWriting an objective or focus statement worksheetPrevious work accomplishment worksheet
Education, Credentials, and LicensesWhere recent graduates can showcase their talents and experiences.Includes and trade school or college training.Should include required course work, internships, or testing process.Can include name of schools, college major, honors, GPA, co-curricular activities, languages studied, degree received.
Turning Education, Credentials, and Licenses Into Words http://www.pongoresume.com/blogPosts/552/7-resume-writing-tips-for-your-education-section.cfmhttp://www.resumeedge.com/promo/education2.shtmlhttp://www.quintcareers.com/college-grad_resume_FAQ.html
AffiliationsIf you have numerous affiliations split them into two sections: career and civicCareer organizations dedicated to a profession or industry.Civic community, nonprofit, or for-fun groups.
Turning Affiliations Into WordsListing affiliationsWhere to put affiliations
Awards and HonorsCan include awards related to career accomplishments, community based volunteering, contributions to service organizations, or academic awards and scholarships.
What Not to Include on a ResumeDate of birthMarital statusPersonal dataPhotographSalary history or requirements
More Resume DontsQuintcareers Dos and Don'tsForbes Do's and Don'tsResume Mistakes and Don'ts6 Resume Don'tsTTG Consultants Effective Resumes
For More Informationabout writing resumes go to:http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/careerdev/resources/resume/http://www.quintcareers.com/covres.htmlhttp://www.rileyguide.com/letters.htmlhttp://www.jobweb.com/resumes.aspx?folderid=142
not always read thoroughly*************Last bullet
Eliminate or between trade school and college and just use a comma
Add in degree received
Since this is a list of things possible I would put the word or between co-curricular activities and languages studied********