3 Resume Writing
Write a Resume
In this short presentation, you will learn:
- the purpose of a resume and cover letter
- what employers want
- one basic format for a resume
- why it is important to use the word, "Learned ..." for each job, internship or volunteer experience
Part 1 Purpose
- The purpose of a resume is get an interview - not a job.
- A resume talks about the skills and qualities you have and a company might want to use.
- It's not about you. It's about how a company can you use.
What Do Employers Want?Every job is different.
- But for new grads - like you - some requirements are basic.
When looking at resumes for new grads, employers want someone who:
- is self motivated and doesn't need a lot of supervision
- can solve problems by themselves
- is responsible and reliable
- can communicate well
- can work on a team
Please do not say,
"I am motivated. I communicate well."
That's not good enough.
You have to show that you did it already with:
Where is the proof?
Your resume will have the proof.
Your cover letter will tell the story.
Want some examples?On the side menu, click the JOBS link. A pdf file will open.
- 2 real job descriptions for intern positions in USA.
- Jobs ask for basic requirements.
Part 2 Basic Resume Structure
One Basic FormatClick the TEMPLATE 1 link in the menu. You are free to change it anyway you like.
Click here to see the pdf file.
Let's look at the different parts.
a) Basic Info
- address is not complete
- cell number
- professional email address
A few sentences to summarize your skills.
- You have to think like employer.
- Most employers or recruiters spend 30 seconds reading a resume.
- Focus on skills first. That's why it's a good idea to put a profile at the top.
c) Work Experience
This person has some good experience, so it goes before Education.
- job title (including part-time)
- use Months to show how long you worked there
- say what you skill you learned use numbers to be more specific
This person describes 3 skills she learned:
- Learned entrepreneurial work ethic.
- Learned to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
- Learned to listen to others carefully and provide clear directions.
These skills match what we talked about a few minutes ago:
- the basic skills that employers want new grads to have.
- name of school and major
- finished or expected graduation date
- list any accomplishments like scholarships include GPA if it is good and it is a job requirement
e) Volunteer Experience
- say place and time
- include this if related to the job requirements
- be sure to include what skills you learned or used
- if useful and related to the job requirements