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    Résumé Writing Birmingham City Career Development Conference

    Birmingham Education Foundation and Birmingham Rotary Club

  • +Purpose of a Résumé

    Your résumé is the first chance you have to make an impression on a future employer. It should convey to the reader your education, commitment, skills and interests.

    While résumés should be formal, they should also be eye-catching and unique and convey your personality through subtle manipulations of font and style.

  • +Résumé Components

    n  Your résumé should include the following information, when applicable:

    n  Identification and contact info n  Education n  Volunteer experience n  Work experience n  Computer skills n  Honors or affiliations

    n  Optional: n  Objective statement n  References n  Special Skills and abilities, such as mastery of foreign

    languages

  • +Characteristics of Successful Résumés

    n  Focus on skills. Uses action words to define the responsibilities of your job-related experience.

    n  Managed staff n  Counted money n  Oversaw accounts n  Translated documents n  Planted trees

    n  Make your résumé easy to read and understand: n  Minimize use of abbreviations n  Use headings, italics and bolding effectively and appropriately n  Bullet points n  Use color sparingly

  • +More Characteristics of Successful Résumés

    n  List items in chronological order

    n  Tailor the résumé to the specific job for which you are applying

    n  Commit to a design that is visually powerful and free of gimmicks

    n  Fit information into one page, or at most 2 pages

    n  Check to ensure language is grammatically correct and free of spelling errors

    n  Use a formal/traditional style

  • +What Not To Do On Your Résumés

    n  Do not include a picture of yourself; this puts employers in an awkward position of being unintentionally non-objective and many will just toss them out immediately

    n  Do not use non-traditional fonts; stick to the basics: n  Serif fonts: Times New Roman, Cambria  n  Non-Serif fonts: Arial, Calibri  

    n  Do not use images, especially clip art: n  Images may be appropriate for certain jobs, especially those in

    design-oriented fields

    n  Do not be overly wordy

  • +How to Make Your Résumé Stand-out

    n  Use an unusual but readable layout

    n  Maximize use of headings, through bold, italics and controlled use of color

    n  Vary use of fonts – but no more than two

    n  Include a personalized branding logo

    n  Tailor the résumé to fit the job that you are applying for, both in content and style

    Remember, you only have about 10-20 seconds to make an impression on your reader. You must grab his/her attention in a positive way to get his/her to read your full résumé.

  • Please email your completed résumés to

    [email protected]