Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Resume Workshop

SBC Resume Workshop

Event Date: 10/2/13

The Resume
-       A “snapshot” of your relevant skills and experiences
-       20-30 seconds= the average time a recruiter will spend looking at your resume

Formatting Your Resume
-       Typical Section: Heading, Education, Experience, Activities
-       Optional Sections: Technical skills, language skills (fluent), Honors, Global Profile
-       Most recent information should be listed first

Parts of Your Resume

Heading
-       Name in larger bold font
-       Address (current), phone number, e-mail address (professional)

Education
-       Consider including: GPA, Dean’s List, Study Abroad, Percentage of college financed (if >75%)
-        High school is removed after first year in college

Experience
-       Can include: paid/unpaid work, internships, in-depth class projects, unstructured work
-       All experience is relevant! Focus on skills and accomplishments rather than tasks.
-       Showcase the transferable skills that you can offer
-       Always start your bullet points with an action verb in the correct tense
-       Quantify your experience (example: Distributed mail to 250 residents)

Activities
-       Student Organizations
-       Volunteering
-       Tutoring
-       Church/Religious group involvements

General Guidelines
-       One page
-       Be truthful about your experiences
-       Clean and easy to read
-       Avoid templates
-       Any numbers under 10 should be spelled out
-       Use strong action verbs
-       Avoid abbreviations
The Cover Letter
-       Tailored to each position and company—why are YOU what their company needs?
-       Highlights a few key points/experiences
-       Piques reader’s interest
-       Contains an Intro, Body, and Closing

Intro
-       Reason for writing
-       How you found out about the position
-       Referral name, if you have one
-       “Thesis statement” of qualifications

Body Paragraphs
-       This is where you really get to introduce yourself—but do not be self centered!
-       University, degree, major and grad date
-       Demonstrate how you are a good fit for their company/position
-       Use job posting to decide on your focus
-       Use keywords or company/industry jargon
-       “these are my skills and this is how they are going to help the company”

Closing
-       Why this company?
-       Thank the employer
-       Restate your interests/qualifications
-       Use a professional closing

Electronic Cover Letters
-       be specific in the subject line, DO NOT leave it blank
-       Cover letter can go in the body of an email, attach your resume to the email


Contact Information

Peer Advisors with the School of Business:

Mel Gerrits
mgerrits@wisc.edu

Grace Schneck
schneck@wisc.edu

More Advice:
BBA Advising Center – 3150 Grainger
608-262-2550
www.bus.wisc.edu/career



THANK YOU MEL AND GRACE!!

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