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   Resume Tips Remember that resume writing is not an exact science Review the attached samples to see these suggestions applied to a resume. Content   ã   What comes first gets read first. The first third of the page should contain the information most closely related and critical to the position you are targeting. ã   Know your audience – specifically address the skills and abilities required for the type of job you want- review the qualifications and requirements of the job  or internship posting carefully. ã   Use key words  and language from the posting in your descriptions as some organizations use resume scanning software to narrow down their applicants (typically large organizations). ã   Consider using a summary of qualifications or profile at the top of your resume  containing facts about yourself that directly address the position you are targeting. Example: Five years sales experiences or XML, C++, and Java. This concentrates the most critical information at the top of the page. Think of it as your sales pitch  – the top reasons you are a good match for that specific position. ã   If you are in college to start your career or transition  to a new field your education will likely be at the top of the resume under the profile or qualifications section. ã   If you are transitioning to a new field or working professionally for the first time you may want to create a  Relevant   Experience Section  and an Other Experience  section to highlight your career goals. (Review the General Targeted Resume Example) ã   Relevant experience can (and should!) include related volunteer or internship work  in the same format as other work experience even if unpaid. ã   Little or no relevant work experience? Create a Relevant Projects  Section using upper division course projects to highlight skills and academic experience related to your career goals. (see resume examples) ã   Your resume needs to be packed with accomplishments – don’t list your job duties, outline the  action you took, the goals you achieved, and the impact you had. ã   Include quantifiable results , i.e. “Increased quarterly sales by 25%”. ã   Focus on results  and impact  of your work on your workplace. “Provided consistent customer service resulting in….” ã   If you have a higher GPA - include it for all colleges attended. ã   Don’t forget to highlight your student leadership experience  either working on campus, being involved in clubs, ASWSUV. If you completed extensive projects and work in your student leadership it may belong in your relevant experience section. ã   If you are a member of professional associations or attending professional trainings related to your career ã   All resumes should have an Education Section and Experience Section,  but there are many other sections students use to highlight or organize their information in a targeted resume. Here are some common sections:  Relevant Projects, Relevant Experience, Other Experience, Professional Development, Awards and Activities, Leadership, Technical Skills, Community Leadership, Volunteer Experience.    Formatting ã   Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. ã   Your job search e-mail address should be your name or a variation not a cute or funny address. Not or  ã   Brief is best. No more than one page for applicants entering a first career. Change your margins to Narrow or .5 for more space. Avoid templates (they often waste space). ã   If you are writing a Federal Resume  please see the specific information in the examples section. ã   Use solid bullet points to set off your accomplishments  – avoid using paragraphs. ã   Begin each new bullet point with an action verb  – see attached list. No “I” on your resume. ã   Your formatted heading and font should be the same on all written materials – resume, cover letter, and references. ã   Select a conservative font style such as CG Omega, Tahoma, Palatino or Arial. ã   Font size should be 10 to 12-point; your name should be 14 or 16-point font. ã   When in doubt spell it out – avoid abbreviations. ã   Spell out numbers “ten” and lower (excluding dates and GPA). Once you have a draft ã   Have others review your resume or set it down for several hours and come back to it with fresh eyes. ã   Use spell check but do not rely on it.  It does not identify: ã   Grammar errors ã   Misspelled proper names (company names, employer contact names) ã   Check Career Services Website for upcoming Walk-In Hours and/or Resume Labs so you can have your resume reviewed. ã   It’s helpful to bring a job or internship posting to a walk-in review/resume lab related to your career goals so we can see how you have tailored your materials and give more specific critiques.  Action Verbs   Management skills   Communication skills   Clerical or detailed skills   administered   analyzed   assigned   consolidated   coordinated   delegated   developed   directed   evaluated   executed   improved   organized   oversaw   planned   prioritized   produced   recommended   reviewed   strengthened   supervised addressed   authored   corresponded   developed   directed   drafted   edited   enlisted    formulated   influenced   interpreted   mediated   moderated   motivated   negotiated   persuaded   promoted   publicized   recruited   wrote approved   arranged   catalogued   classified   collected   compiled   dispatched   inspected   monitored   operated   prepared   organized   prepared   processed   purchased   recorded   retrieved   screened   specified   validated Research skills  clarified   collected   critiqued   diagnosed   evaluated   examined   extracted   identified   inspected   interpreted   interviewed   investigated   organized   reviewed   summarized   surveyed   systematized   Technical skills  assembled   built   calculated   computed   designed   devised   engineered    fabricated   maintained   operated   overhauled   programmed   remodeled   repair solved   trained   upgraded Teaching skills  adapted   advised   coached   communicated   coordinated   developed   enabled   encouraged   evaluated   explained    facilitated   guided   informed   initiated   instructed   persuaded   stimulated Financial skills   Creative skills   Helping skills   administered   allocated   analyzed   appraised   audited   balanced   budgeted   calculated   computed   developed    forecasted   managed   planned   projected   researched acted   conceptualized   created   designed   developed   established   illustrated   instituted   integrated   introduced   srcinated   performed   planned   revitalized   shaped assessed   assisted   clarified   coached   counseled   demonstrated   diagnosed   educated   expedited    facilitated    familiarized   guided   referred   rehabilitated   represented   
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