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Tips on Resume Writing

What makes a resume strategic?

Resumes are often thought as the first "to do" item when one thinks about career transition. In reality, the best resumes are written after carefully determining a specific focus or direction.

A strong resume should quickly tell the reader about your skills and abilities. At best, a resume will get you in the door for an interview or meeting. It will not get you a job.

Most people find that completing a resume is quite satisfying as they see their many accomplishments. Think of it as a mirror image of you in written form.

What are our learning objectives?

In this workshop we will cover:

  • Defining your focus and direction
  • The importance of key words
  • SOAR statements
  • Specific content and format guidelines
  • Creating an electronic version of your resume
  • Job search correspondence - cover, target, and thank you letters

What are our behavioral objectives

  • Write a clear statement of your focus and direction
  • Create SOAR statements to include in your resume
  • Create a list of key words relevant to your field
  • Create a resume in standard and electronic formats
  • Write a rough draft of a cover letter, target letter and thank you letter

Purpose of a Resume

Why write a resume?

  • Marketing Tool

A way to highlight skills and accomplishments while setting yourself apart from the competition.

  • Introduction

A tool to introduce you to individuals or companies that don't know you

  • To entice - Open doors

A means to get your foot in the door by creating interest in the reader.

  • Preparation for interviewing

Helps you get clear on skills, accomplishments, and where you've had an impact.

What do I need to consider first?

Essential to creating an effective resume is having self awareness, both professionally and personally. Spend time considering the following questions.

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want to do?
  • Where do I want to be?

What do I need to be aware of?

Develop awareness and an appreciation for yourself by knowing your:

  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Values
  • Accomplishments
  • Interests
  • Attributes/Qualities

Click to download a worksheet on "Identifying Your Focus."