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  1. RESUME WRITING

  2. Objectives • Understand the purpose of a resume • Discuss stages of resume writing: Preparation, Format, Content, and Evaluation • Identify resume sections and their respective content • Help you identify next steps and available resources

  3. The Purpose of a Resume • Provide a summary of experiences and qualifications; tell your career story • Communicate your potential value • Marketing tool to obtain an interview • Helps prepare you for interviews

  4. Effective Resume Writing • Communicates specific and relevant competencies & accomplishments • Well organized, concise and easy to read • Indicates career direction & interests Employers spend about 30 seconds or less reviewing your resume.

  5. Preparation • Research the career area • Identify target audience • Review job descriptions for the field • Gain an understanding of what skills are needed to obtain employment in your area of interest

  6. Content Possibilities • Contact Information* • Objective • Education* • Experience* • Activities • Honors • Awards • Skills A resume should not include everything and anything! Employers are looking for a concise resume. * Denotes typical categories on a resume

  7. Contact Information Chris McCormick c-mccormick@northwestern.edu Campus Address Permanent Address 192 Orrington Avenue 888 Santa Cruz Road Evanston, IL 60201 Arcadia, CA 91007 (847) 888-5041 (826) 888-0767 Chris S. McCormick 2133 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60208 (847) 491-3366 C-mccormick@email.com

  8. Objective • An “at a glance” picture of you and your career interests • A good objective statement answers questions: • What position(s) are you applying for? • What are your main qualifications? • What is your professional identity? Optional but helpful when applying for Co-op or Internship through MCD

  9. Objective Examples Weak: To find a job in business with opportunity for advancement Strong: To secure a Co-op in the field of industrial engineering which utilizes interest in logistics and supply chain management.

  10. Education • EDUCATION Northwestern University, Evanston IL • Bachelor of Sciencein Mechanical Engineering • Anticipated June 2012 • Current GPA: 3.3/4.0 • Relevant Courses: List key courses • Courses allow you to emphasize your skills and background • Course titles in engineering

  11. Experience • Emphasizes past and present employment and/or activities • Identify transferable skills • May also be called: Professional Experience, Relevant Experience, Leadership Experience, Work History, etc.. • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Chicago, Illinois • Intern, June 2007 – August 2007 • Analyzed statistical data from Contractor Performance Reports to compile a database providing benchmarking data for subscribing Medicare contractors • Contributed to the development of current and new services related to the Medicare business

  12. Bullet Point Description Weak: Answered phones and wrote messages Strong: Served as liaison between clients and 14 staff members by effectively communicating inquiries and issues to the appropriate department Elements of Description • Action verbs • Positive modifiers • Quantitative/qualitative indicators • Answer journalistic questions • Achievement Focused • Terminology of your chosen field

  13. Activities and/or Honors ACTIVITIES Site Leader, Community Development Corps Coordinator, Used Winter Coat Drive Volunteer, Alternative Student Break HONORS Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholar, March 2005 University Women Scholarship, May 2005 Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, June 2005 • Focus on content that is relevant to position/employer • Emphasize skills acquired, leadership/team roles, achievements • Include: clubs, sports, volunteer, community activities

  14. Skills • Computers • Technical/Lab • Languages Skills should address qualifications you have training on and/or considerable experience utilizing, as well as relevance to the position/employer. Hardware, software operating systems, languages Equipment, standard process Level of ability (fluent, proficient, conversant, reading/writing ability)

  15. Do Not Include… • SSN • Pictures • Ethnicity/Race • Height/weight • Reasons for leaving previous employer(s) • Birth date • Salary history • References • Religion

  16. Final Draft – Do’s and Don’ts DO • Tailor for each position • Highlight section headings • Use action verbs • Quantify accomplishments • Use technical language • Proofread multiple times DON’T • Use acronyms • Use a template • Repeat information • Exaggerate or lie • Use fancy/unusual fonts • Hurry/rush to send it out