Resume Review

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hello students, and welcome to the appliedlearning center’s resume review mini-workshop. in the nextfew minutes we will cover the basics of resume writing. here’s a standard resumeformat. we will work from this format but note that the other formatting andstructural options do exist. you can find examples of these on ourwebsite. let’s start at the top of the resume. you can see we begin with yourname centered and in large print. we jokinglyrefer to this as your ego. you’re going to need a big ego so your resumecan easily be found in a stack. beneath your name, include appropriate and

accurate contact information. now let’stalk about the meat of your resume. we recommend that the top three sections ofyour resume focus heavily on what you were doing inschool. these sections are the ones marked skills summary, education, and degreerelated projects. let’s begin with why you need a skillsummary. when you apply for positions, you mayhave to apply through the company website. companies require you to do this so theycan scan your resume for keywords. the skills summary is your answer to thatkeyword search

and provides the hiring manager with thechecklist how you qualify for the position. the skills summary must be a directresponse to the position description and reflect the skills set that the employer isrequesting. use the description to guide you on with your skills to include in this section. always include leadership skills,computer skills, and any languages you speak. if you get stuck look at your transcript and make the list whatyou learned in each course. this will give you a master list of skills.

next, let’s look at the education section. the section should include all of the schools you have graduated from since high school so include that associates degree, if you have one but do not include high school. it just tells the employer how old you are. these schools should be listed with your most recent on top. include your graduation or expectedgraduation date, your majors and minors, and your gpa if you want to include that information.

include a brief list of courses from your major. stack the deck in yourfavor by including only courses you did well in and enjoyed. this will help if you get asked aboutthem in an interview. the next section is degree-related projects. this is an optional section and something maynot find on resume samples online. we recommend it as a method for illustrating to potential employers what you’ve done. choose two projects you’ve done in yourcoursework or through volunteering, give each one a title

and a paragraph description. include thepurpose of the project, its scope, your specific responsibilities, what processes and equipment you used and the outcome. now, let’s talk about your professionalexperience. this section trips up students sometimes because they think non-relatedword is not relevant. this isn’t true. employers want to see work you have done even if itis working in a warehouse or waiting tables. these jobs will illustrate work ethic, customer service skills, and otherqualities that will make you more interesting to an employer. include all the main jobs you have had for the last decade

or since graduating from high school. these job should be listed with recent on top. include the company name, job title, and dates of employment all on one line. you can include a description of thework you did highlighting your key accomplishments, skillsyou acquired, management experience. if you were in the military you should include that in this section. if you have space, you can choose to include a volunteering section, a hobby section, or a list of

awards and affiliations depending upon what you would like tohighlight. these come at the bottom of the page. we recommend you are thoughtful and intentional about what information you include, particularly if that information indicates race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, and whether or not you have children. in conclusion, we recommend you update your resume at the end of each semester and aim for a single page. if you have a lot of work

or military experience you may end up on thesecond page. just know that some employers may not look at the second page in the initial hiring stages, so the most important information reallyneeds to go on page one. this is just a brief overview so please come in and see us if you wantsome one-on-one advice.

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