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Whether it is seeking help on how to find a job, a scholarship, or an apprenticeship, the FHS Career Center is here to help with your needs. Through the Career Center you can explore both college and career paths and get the information you need to make decisions about your future. 

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Résumé

Whether you decide to pursue career or college path, a résumé is important to have and often is needed. A résumé summarizes who you are, including but not limited to, your experience, what you can do, and your unique skills, talents, and abilities. You will usually need one if you are applying for a job, an internship, or scholarship, and one may even be needed for a college application.

Misconceptions:

Reality:

·       The résumé is just a way to show work history.

·       No one really reads résumés.

·       Writing complete sentences are usually frowned upon.

·       The Education section should be at the bottom, placement of sections do not matter.

·       Employers only want to see paid work listed on résumé.

·       The résumé is your highlight reel. It’s showcasing your best of the best.

·       Employers look for what is wrong. It’s easy to résumés with a lot of errors.

·       The résumé reveals your critical thinking and thought process abilities.

·        The placement does matter.

·        Employers define experience as how you practice the knowledge and skills learned in class.

 

Efficiency & Efficacy:

Let’s face it! It is challenging to write a résumé to one page. It is emotionally draining to face the past and it is frustrating to guess what employers even want. HOWEVER, there are ways to get around these difficulties:

·       Spend 15-20 minutes a day, no all-day résumé bingeing, to see results.

·       Start with pen and paper. Why? Because writing is better for memory recollection than a computer.

·       Use an Experience Chart or a Story Map for each of your experience. Why? It helps organizing facts, recalling facts faster, and increases efficiency for writing. Also can be used for interview preparation. (See Figure 1) *Note*: This method can be used for Education as well with slightly different questions.

·       Research the position you’re applying for. ONETonline.org is a U.S. Department of Labor website that is rich in data. Look for the following:

o   Tasks: What is needed to be done?

o   Tools & Technology: What are the equipment that need to be operated?

o   Knowledge: What do you know and what do you need to learn?

·       Start drafting sentences. Limit your sentences to one idea per sentence and keep them evident. Mention the frequency of a task(daily, weekly… etc.) and use the appropriate tense (past, present). It is okay to have long sentences.

·       Lastly, read aloud. Review your final product with someone who can ask you questions and/or give feedback.

Experience Chart

What did you do (name)?

For whom/what organization?

How long?

Main responsibilities and tasks? Leadership? Accomplishments?

Ex: Yard maintenance

Seven clients in local neighborhood

3 years each spring/fall

Lawn care, cleared leaves, customer service, managed budget, supplies, and equipment

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Career Center figure 1

 

 

Formatting: 

Below is a description of three different formats: (See Figure 2)

·       Format A:

This format is a typical layout with sections that are organized for the reader.
Summary is asterisked and is discussed at the end of the section descriptions on purpose.

·       Format B:

This can be helpful if you have little to no experience directly related to your career interests. Only the upper-level class titles should be utilized here. The lines represent visually how the classes should be neatly presented.
Notice you can either choose the ‘Experience’ section layout to look like A or C depending on how you would like recruiter to obtain the information.

·       Format C:

This layout is great in allowing the recruiter to quickly see your experiences that are more relevant to the job. By organizing in this manner, it allows relevant experiences to be brought to the forefront, which would otherwise be buried if using the typical format (Option A).

 

Resume FHS photo 1/2022

 

 

Sections of your Résumé:

·       Information Header:

Do not include your address. This has been discussed among recruiters, employers and HR. In this digital age and safety for personal information, no one needs to know where you live. Also, sadly, there have been incidents where discrimination occurred based upon where one lives, such as can they get to work living so far away? So, let’s prevent any potential biases and remove your address!

·       Education and relevant coursework:

o   This section immediately signals to recruiters you are in school or recently graduated. Otherwise they assume you have 3-5 years of experience out in the working world after graduation. Education at the top is important!

o   If your GPA is 3.0 and above then include it on your resume; if not, leave it off. For transfer students and freshmen, please refer to the Specialized Resume section on how to list Education.

·       Experience:

Employers want to learn how you practice the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom that relate to your field of study or even better, the job you are aiming for.

·       Skills:

The Skills section should always be last. Why? Because recruiters quickly refer to that location and expect to see it there when reviewing thousands of resumes.*

·       Summary:

The Summary is three to four sentences, high-level look at your accomplishments, or unique skills. We recommend working on this last because after writing, your mind should be refreshed and ready.

 

Résumé Writing Resources:

·       A: Achieved, Acted, Adapted, Adjusted, Administered, Advanced, Advised, Altered, Analyzed, Appraised, Arranged, Assembled, Assessed, Audited.

·       B: Balanced, Budgeted, Built.

·       C: Calculated, Calibrated, Categorized, Charted, Classified, Coached, Collected, Combined, Communicated, Compiled, Composed, Computed, Conducted, Configured, Consolidated, Constructed,

Consulted, Contrasted, Controlled, Converted, Convinced, Coordinated, Counseled, Counted, Created, Cultivated.

·       D: Decided, Decreased, Defined, Delivered, Demonstrated, Designed, Detected, Determined, Developed, Devised, Diagnosed, Differentiated, Distributed, Documented, Doubled, Drafted.

·       E: Edited, Eliminated, Encouraged, Engineered, Enhanced, Ensured, Established, Estimated, Evaluated, Examined, Executed, Expanded, Expedited.

·       F: Facilitated, Filed, Filled, Forecasted, Formulated, Fostered, Fulfilled.

·       G: Gained, Gathered, Generated, Grew, Guided.

·       H: Handled, Headed, Hired.

·       I: Identified, Illustrated, Implemented, Improved, Increased, Influenced, Informed, Initiated, Inspected, Installed, Instituted, Instructed, Integrated, Intended, Interviewed, invented, Investigated.

·       L: Launched, Lectured, Led, Liaised, Logged.

·       M: Maintained, Managed, Manufactured, Marketed, Measured, Mediated, Mentored, Migrated, Minimized, Monitored, Motivated.

·       N: Negotiated.

·       O: Obtained, Operated, Orchestrated, Ordered, Organized, Originated, Oversaw.

·       P: Performed, Persuaded, Planned, Posted, Prepared, Prescribed, Presented, Priced, Processed, Produced, Promoted, Proposed, Protected, Provided, Purchased.

·       R: Realized, Received, Recommended, Reconciled, Recorded, Recruited, Redesigned, Reduced, Referred, Removed, Reorganized, Repaired, Reported, Represented, Researched, Resolved, Restructured, Revamped, Reviewed, Revised, Revitalized, Routed.

·       S: Scheduled, Selected, Separated, Served, Serviced, Set up, Simplified, Sold, Solved, Specified, Started, Strategized, Streamlined, Strengthened, Studied, Summarized, Supervised, Supplied, Supported.

·       T: Tested, Tracked, Trained, Transformed, Translated, Troubleshot.

·       U: Updated, Upgraded

·       V: Verified.

·       W: Weighed, Wired, Won.

 

Resources: Résumé Guide – Driehaus College of Business