Resumé Mastery

“A good resumé can get you an interview, a bad resumé can lose you the interview.”

Why does your Resumé Matter?

  • Even if you are not actively applying, people are looking at you (or will be)
  • Whether it’s a job, internship, university, athletic recruiter
  • Whether it’s a customer, interviewee, or parent

Resumé Examples

Lele’s Resume
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mQVRYdiU7EdftfMb7zd4JXDfIY2XwhhKkYyJxwc1IHU/edit?usp=sharing

Vector Resume Example https://docs.google.com/file/d/1jA8GW0mr3ZSuz8OZt7m_jZil2Xpp8R6d/preview?rm=minimal 
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Joe Jordan Resumé and Cover Letter Examples

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PByd19zGHvNKA0re3nF1Ivbm6UEaIZ-a?usp=sharing

Recommended Read: How to Write a Cover Letter 

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/job_search_writing/job_search_letters/cover_letters_1_quick_tips/quick_content_tips.html

Your resumé is an advertisement of you.

The goal of your resumé is:

  • To briefly summarize your skills, achievements, experience, and education.
  • To impress your interviewer, and to give you the chance to sell yourself in person. 

Think of your resumé like a trailer for a movie. You want to give them an idea of who you are, but not the whole story.

Do’s and Don’ts of Resumé Basics

DON’T

  • use “I” statements
  • Use more than 1 page, 2 AT MOST
  • Use font sizes smaller than 10.
  • Use images

DO

  • Use Action Words
  • Be concise
  • Limit your font-types
  • Use a template
  • Keep it updated

Don’t say “I worked with Vector and interviewed people. Say this instead:

Vector Marketing
“Conducted interviews for 400 applicants”

What do I include in my Resumé?

  1. Name and Contact Info
  2. Work Experience
  3. Education
  4. Skills
  5. Awards, Certifications

Name and Contact Info

DO INCLUDE:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email (keep it professional)
  • Link to a portfolio (if applicable)
  • Brief Intro/Resumé Objective (Career objective, current goal/status)

DON’T INCLUDE: 

  • Address, social security number, or any PRIVATE info
  • If you don’t want it published about you in a newspaper, don’t put that information on your resumé.

Vector looks great on a resume, but vector at a high level is something that can’t be matched.


Work Experience

  • Put most relevant experience FIRST
  • The resume you create will depend on the job you’re applying for. 

DO:

  • List specific experience, skills & accomplishments that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. 
  • Include previous positions that had similar or related responsibilities or those that allowed you to practice relevant skills.
  • Revise experience to be more universal
  • Use digits
    • Saying that you interviewed  and trained a staff is much less impressive than saying that you interviewed 400 applicants, trained a full staff, and managed 50 representatives creating $300k in sales. 

DON’T

  • Mention experiences not relevant to the position you are applying to. 
    • ex: if you’re applying for an internship at a hospital, your summer lawn mowing job can be left behind.
  • Mention high school jobs, clubs, etc, if you are in college. 

What if I don’t have experience?

  • Show qualities that relate to your field. Reflect on your transferable skills. 
  • Don’t ask for permission to get experience. What can you teach yourself? 
  • You can find some great volunteer work that opens doors for you
    NOT TO MENTION, Whatever you need to gain experience with here.. Let us know. We can help you
    • If you want to work in business, it goes without saying.
    • If you want to be a teacher, this job is all about working with parents, working with people, public speaking
    • If you want to be a doctor, you’re going to need to sell your ideas to your colleagues. You’re going to need to sell your recommendations to your patients.

Recruiters spend an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates

-Business Insider

Education

DO:

  • Include your major/minor, program, and specific degree
  • Strategic placement (chances are it’ll be AFTER your work experience)

DON’T:

  • Include your GPA only if it’s higher than a 3.2 
    • If your GPA is lower, keep it off, but be prepared to explain it well (sell yourself) maybe your skills and experience outweigh it, and you put more time and effort into your projects because you saw it as more beneficial to your future than  perfect grades. 

Skills

  • Lead with skills that are most important to your job search
  • Include KEY words (Applicant Tracking Systems)
    • Some companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (aka, when  they get a LOT of resumes, they scan them for key  terms)
    • But regardless, you want to use key words that will stand out to your recruiter
  • Don’t type soft-skill types. SHOW your soft-skills through your awards, achievements, experience
  • Don’t include basic skills 

AWARDS SECTION: Don’t necessarily convey specific skills, but they convey traits that recruiters are looking for

My recommendation to you:

  • I HOPE you have, but create strong whys for yourself at Vector and connect it to your dream job. 
  • Put yourself in positions to learn, grow, and add to your resume
  • We have scholarships, contests, awards, promotion opportunities.

Turn your academic years into career building years.


Your degree is important, but its not what you know, it’s who you know

  • The best position you can put yourself in is connecting with people
  • Don’t be the person that “doesn’t work while they’re at school”
  • Teaches time management skills
  • Create financial freedom for yourself
  • Come out of college with a souped up resume
  • Your grades will improve. 
    • If your grades don’t improve while you are working, it is not the JOB, it’s you. You need to learn how to manage your time well. 
    • Not working while you’re in school is going to make you less prepared for the rest of your life. You need to learn time management, do it now. 

Proofread your Resumé

  • Swap your resume with a friend
  • Many universities have free resume checkings and workshops

It doesn’t stop here.

  • If your resume is alone in its strength, it won’t get you TOO far
  • You want to create a well-tailored brand
  • (social media, portfolios, the way that you engage with others)

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