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How to Prepare an Effective Resume Darin Ford, MA, LPC Director Hegi Family Career Development Center www.smu.edu/career


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

• Great multi-asking ability • Atenttion to Detail • Able to compete difficult tasks • Collaborated independently on projects • Approved of my wage increases • Performed teamwork Independently

D’oh!


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

BEST STUFF NEAR THE TOP • Eye-tracking studies (not to mention common sense and experience) tell us people always start at the top of a page • Summarize your most important accomplishments and qualifications

KEYWORDS

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• Resumes, in many cases, are not even read • Scanned (either by a machine or by someone who is not the hiring manager) Not sure what keywords to put in your resume?? • Read the job description and target companies' web sites • Certain words and phrases will come up again and again – those are keywords


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

SUMMARIZE UNIQUE-NESS • A resume should begin with a Summary (or, if you're a student, new grad, or career changer, an Objective). • Use this space to tell employers who you are and how your skills and qualifications meet their needs

WELL ORGANIZED • Make it an eye-catching and user-friendly tool

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• No mistakes…Bill Gates


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

COMMUNICATE CONFIDENCE • This is not the time to be humble or modest, or to assume the employer will read between the lines

CONCISE • Tell the potential employer what you've accomplished in your current and previous roles to show how you made a difference

QUANTIFY STATEMENTS • #’s, %, VIPS

Just the Facts


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

Final Components • Related Experience • Campus and Community Involvement • Skills • References available upon request

Icing on the Cake


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

E-MAIL badboybob@bobsbadboys.com • Great job, Bob! Every company needs a Bad Boy as a new professional

all caps • YOU ASSERTED YOUR AUTHORITY BY SHOUTING AT THE HIRING MANAGER

CRAMMED TOO MUCH • Brilliant!WhatEmployerWouldn'tWantToreadyouresumeandtrytod

COPIED…VERBATIM!

Common Errors

• Awesome. A detailed list of past job duties that looks exactly like another will help you stand out


How to Prepare an Effective Resume

Recap: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

30 Seconds 1 Page Just the Facts Icing on the cake Avoid Common Errors


Questions ? Darin Ford, MA, LPC Director Hegi Family Career Development Center www.smu.edu/career

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