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  1. How to Create a Persuasive Resume Business Communication, MGT309 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Writing that Works (2010). Oliu, Brusaw, & Alred

  2. Be audience-centered! Persuasive Resume

  3. Non-verbals (How they appear on a page) • Organization • Neatness • Preparation • How well you know yourself – self awareness • Shows confidence • Attention to detail What Makes a Resume Persuasive?

  4. Prepare

  5. Strengths • Talents • Passions/Interests • Values • Personality • Limitations • On the job • How did you make the company better? • On volunteer experiences • How did you make society better? Prepare – What sets me apart?

  6. Do you enjoy working with people, data or things? • Would you like to work for someone else or yourself? • How important is salary, benefits, technology or stability? • Would you rather work for a corporation or a company? • How would you describe the perfect job? Prepare – Ask yourself

  7. More Questions to Ask Yourself

  8. First - Prepare Business Communication, MGT309 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Writing that Works (2010). Oliu, Brusaw, & Alred

  9. Prepare :What sets me apart? • Strengths • Talents • Passions/Interests • Values • Personality • Limitations • Accomplishments: • How did you make the company better? • How did you make society better?

  10. Do you enjoy working with people, data or things? • Would you like to work for someone else or yourself? • How important is salary, benefits, technology or stability? • Would you rather work for a corporation or a company? • How would you describe the perfect job? Prepare:Ask yourself

  11. Second – Execute. Create the document

  12. What are the characteristics of this industry? Job? • What are the skills needed? • What are the strengths needed? Step 1: Decide what job or job area you want.

  13. Think- • Look at other resumes. What presentation is attractive to you? • Don’t use a Microsoft Word Template. • How do you want to express yourself? Step 2: Decide which format is attractive to you.

  14. Think- • What is the most persuasive qualifier that I have? Step 3: What do I want located in the power position?

  15. Do – Use an organized, easy to read approach. Remember, you only have seconds to impress. • Make it beautiful on the page. Don’t - • Use ‘crazy’ fonts • Use I • Use a template • Use a summary section • List every single job you ever had • Use complete sentences • Miss the power play in positioning & bolding • “References Available Upon Request” Step 4: Type your document.

  16. Required Options Leadership Honors/Awards Languages/Study Abroad Computer Skills Associations Volunteerism/Community Service Internships Academic Projects Related Coursework • Objective • Education • Experience Use Smart Sectioning

  17. Think – • Action. Business is performance. • Use emotional word pictures • Be specific. • Increased production capability by 10% resulting in 50K in revenue. • …and AVOID saying “Responsible for the success of the production team” • Start with an action verb. • Analyzed • Chaired • Coordinated • Developed • Improved • Increased • Strengthen • Negotiated Use concise, strong, active language

  18. Bold your transferrable information, like job titles and the names of your degrees Tell your story at 100%. Step 5: Bold & Proofread to perfection!