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Resume Video Presentation May 2017

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MCTC Career Services welcomes you to this online presentation. It's our goal to help you create a GREAT resume! What is the purpose of a resume? A resume is a one page document that introduces you to potential employers and markets who you are! It presents your skills, education, experience and achievements, as related to the position you are applying for. The main goal of a resume is to stimulate an employer to call you for an interview. This is a necessary piece of finding a job. When creating your resume, if you need assistance, MCTC Career Services is available to help you. First, let's discuss some general guidelines regarding resume appearance. Do you realize the importance of having a professional, easy to read resume? Resume appearance is so important because it determines whether or not an employer continues reading your resume to learn more about you or just sets it aside. An employer looks at a resume for about 15-30 seconds before deciding whether or not to consider reading it further. That's not very long! This demonstrates the importance of a resume's appearance. Here are some basic tips to make sure your resume is in good shape! Make sure to have either a one full page resume or a resume with two full pages, with no color and no staple. Usually for a college student, a one page resume is standard, unless you have a lot of experience. Never have a resume that is one page and a quarter - work on condensing it to a one page resume. You can adjust page margins, font size, and spacing to make this work. Choose a font that is readable such as Calibri or Times New Roman. Do not use a font size less than 10.5. Do not vary the font type or font size too much within the resume - otherwise, it will be difficult to read, as it will look too busy. Remember, a resume is "you on paper" and you want to represent yourself the best way you can to an employer. Finally, be consistent with your spacing and use of headings. It is always important to tailor your resume so employers will see the most relevant information first. DO NOT use a resume template from the internet. Resume templates are set in a particular format and many times it is hard to maneuver different sections around to tailor your resume. Type your resume from a blank word document to create it exactly the way you want. It is easier to make changes to a resume that is created this way. It is also important to customize your resume for every position that you are planning to apply to. For example, for each different job you are interested in, you may have a tailored resume such as a customer service resume, a human services resume, and an education resume. All three resumes look a little different, as they are designed with the most relevant experience at the top of the page to demonstrate skills, qualifications, educational background, and other expertise within THAT industry. It is always necessary to have your resume critiqued and proofed multiple times. Never hand in a resume that has typos, spelling, or grammatical errors, as this represents you on paper. It is the only picture of you the employer has and you want to put your best self forward. Make sure to have someone review your resume to ensure your qualifications are listed in a way that helps you get an interview. There are certain elements of a resume that employers expect to see. Your job is to make an easy to read resume that shows these key elements in an organized way -- tailored to represent you. Make sure that the employer remembers your name. Put your contact information big and bold at the top of your resume -- which includes your name, and ways for the employer to reach you. Next is the Summary of Qualifications. The Summary of Qualifications should be customized and address how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications of a position. If the job you are seeking requires specific skills or technical knowledge, you may include a section called Technical Skills, and below that heading, you list the appropriate skills or technical knowledge acquired. Following this is your Education with the name of the degree or certificate you are currently pursuing or have achieved in bold, the name of the institution, and the date of your anticipated graduation. Often listed under Education, are honors and awards that you achieved while in school. Not everyone includes these on their resume - it's up to you. The next element that needs to be on your resume is your Work and Internship Experience. This is a list which includes jobs you currently have or previous employment, listed in reverse chronological order. Under each job title, you include a bulleted list of your skills and contributions you made in that job. Later in this presentation, you will learn how to write effective job descriptions. You may have a separate heading for Volunteer Experience or Community Involvement. Below this heading, you briefly and professionaly describe this experience. It might seem overwhelming to get all of this information on one page, but it is really quite doable. Do not expect to have it perfect or complete the first time around. Your name should be at the top of your resume in big and bold font. You should also include your address, an updated phone number, a professional e-mail - and if you have it, you may add a professional website address, such as LinkedIn. It is important to have an updated phone number, so the employer will have a way to contact you for an interview. It is also necessary to have a professional e-mail. An example of a non-professional e-mail is: [email protected] A professional e-mail may include your school e-mail or an e-mail that has your first and last name in the e-mail address. You also have an option of adding a professional website like your LinkedIn account under Contact Information. If you are a graphic design student, you should add your portfolio website where your work is displayed. You may use italics, underlining, bold font and boxes to make your Contact Information known and to separate it from the rest of your resume. Graphics are usually recommended for graphic design, web design, or art majors to highlight creative skills within the resume. In summary, keep it simple, easy to read and professional. Here are some examples that demonstrate how to format your Contact Information. The top example has the Contact Information on one line to save space. This format is used for someone who has a lot of information on their resume. The bottom example shows Contact Information on several lines. This style helps individuals who do not have a lot of information on their resume and need to use this format in order to fill the page. These are just some of the many ways to format your Contact Information. A Summary of Qualifications section is next. Its purpose is to highlight some of your best qualifications to an employer. The Summary of Qualifications is a customized section that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications of a position you are applying for. Usually, the first bullet point under the Summary of Qualifications, includes the number of years of experience in a position or field. The second bullet point speaks to your educational background as related to the position and any specific skills learned. The third bullet point can highlight your soft skills. Soft skills include things such as your ability to solve problems easily and find sensible solutions, and your capacity to work independently or as a member of a team. Depending on your field of study and the job you are applying for, you may have separate bullet points within the Summary of Qualifications called "Technical Skills" to highlight any additional technical skills you obtained through experience, coursework, or certification. This section can also be removed from the Summary of Qualifications and listed below as a separate category. Within the Summary of Qualifications, you may add certifications and languages if you are multilingual. These are additional qualifications that employers are looking for in a candidate. The next item to include in a resume is information regarding your Education. The main information you need to include in this section are the following: a degree and major area of study (such as Associates of Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Psychology), the name of your college or university (such as Minneapolis Community and Technical College), the location of the college (like Minneapolis, MN), and the expected graduation date. You may also include your GPA, if it is above a 3.0. Employers like to see any GPA that is above a 3.0, as it shows high achievement in academics. Please list your Education in REVERSE chronological order. For example, let's say you attended St. Paul College for one year, then transferred to Minneapolis Community and Technical College - on your resume, you list Minneapolis Community and Technical college first and St. Paul college second. You may include institutions if you were there for at least two semesters or more as a full-time student. Do not include colleges where you attended for only one semester. You may include scholarships, study abroad, honors and awards received within your Education section (such as if you were on the Dean's List for High Achievement). Related coursework applicable to the position you are currently applying for can be listed at the bottom of your Education information. For example, if you are applying for a job as an IT specialist, you could include the titles of classes that show your work with databases or software programming. Here are two examples of how to format Education within a resume. The top Education example shows the degree title in bold on the left and the graduation date on the right. Below the degree title is the name of the college or university and on the right side below the graduation date, is the location of the institution. Notice that the wording on the left side is left side aligned and the wording on the right side is right side aligned. The top example also includes a GPA and Dean's List achievement. The bottom example shows this same information and alignment, yet also shows how to incorporate relevant coursework within the Education section of your resume. Next is the Experience section of your resume. In this section, you show your work history and demonstrate the tasks and accomplishments you made in bullet point format. This can be one of the most difficult parts of writing a resume, because it must EFFECTIVELY capture what you did, learned, and contributed within a position. Here are some general guidlines to developing your Experience section of your resume. In this section, you include the job title in bold, the name of the organization or company you work for or have worked for in the past, the location of the organization, and the dates of employment with a beginning and ending date. If you are currently employed with an organization, you indicate a beginning date, but instead of an end date, you put 'Present'. If you have any Volunteer, Internship, Practicum, Field or Clinical Experience, you may list this in a separate category after Work Experience if desired. Remember, it is important to list all Experiences in REVERSE chronological order, just like you did in the Education section of your resume. This slide includes some Sample Experience Headings you may include on your resume. You can use General Headings or more Specific Headings to customize your resume. General Headings can include: Employment History, Experience, Work History, or Work/Internship Experience. Alternatively, you may choose to make your heading more tailored and specific to the position you are applying for. In this case, you can use a heading such as Professional Experience, Related Experience, Sales Experience, or Volunteer Experience. Your Experiences can be split into two headings. For example, one heading can be Related Experience, and the other heading can be Other Experience. You can see what is possible here. There are lots of choices. The idea is to best present YOU to get that job interview! Here is an example of how to format your Work Experience. In this example, the job title, Marketing Intern, is bolded and aligned on the far left side of the resume, with the employment dates aligned on the right side. Below the job title, is the company name, with its location listed on the right side below the employment date. This is one example of how to format your experiences. Remember, it is important to be consistent with formatting throughout your resume to make it easy for the reader to understand. If you use this style of formatting with job title first, then use that style for each job you list, as seen in the second example. Notice the bulleted job descriptions of work performed below each organization. Here is an example of how to show promotion within a job position. In this case, Marshall Field's (formerly known as Dayton's) and the Minneapolis, MN location are listed on the first line. Below this is the current job title (which is Sales Supervisor) and the employment date of this new position. Below that are the current position bullet point job descriptions. Following this, are the original job title, which is Sales Associate and employment start and end dates for that job. Below this, are the bullet point job descriptions for the Sales Associate position. Remember, if you mention the company and location first, then it is important to continue to mention any companies and locations first throughout the entire work experience section. In this example, the company name and location is listed only once to avoid mentioning it twice within the resume. Whenever possible, include numbers to highlight the amount of work done, as it provides the resume reader a clearer picture of your accomplishments and responsibilities. On the next slide, we will talk about how to write a proper job description for showing your experiences. This Job Description Exercise provides an example of how to develop a quality job description. You repeat the exercise for every job you list on your resume, so you will have several chances to practice this important skill. The Job Description Exercise has four headings, which include: The Action Verb; With Whom or For Whom; Using What Skills; and For What Purpose or Outcome. These are the elements that you need to fill in for each job description. Let's go through our example. First, pick an action verb that best describes the task that you did on the job. In this example, we selected the following: assisted in finding the perfect shoe -- as that was the main responsibility of the sales person. The next step is to fill in the WITH WHOM or FOR WHOM section. So, who did the sales person assist? In this section, we filled in the word, customer - as that is who was assisted. The third step is to determine what skills were used when the customer was assisted. In this case, we indicated that product expertise and communication skills were utilized during this action. The final step is to determine the purpose or outcome of the action. The purpose of this task was to ensure a positive shopping experience. It is important to note that the order of each of these steps can be interchanged based on how it sounds best to add emphasis to what is important. The choice is up to you. In this example, when you combine What you Did; With Whom or For Whom; Using What Skills; and For What Purpose or Outcome, it sounds like this: Assisted customers in finding the perfect shoe using product expertise and effective communication skills to ensure a positive shopping experience. Keep in mind, when creating or editing your resume, the job descriptions take the most amount of time to do. But, it is important to put time into creating excellent bullet point job descriptions to highlight and demonstrate your skills and accomplishments to potential employers. Just remember, MCTC Career Services staff are here to help you create a great resume, so come see us! After the Experience segment of your resume, you may include a section on Leadership, Activities or Community Involvement. This is optional. If you decide to add this section to your resume, you can put each topic as a different category to highlight them separately or you may add an all encompassing section heading like "Leadership, Activities, and Community Involvement". Combining them under one section heading will save space on your resume. Here is an example of how to show Involvement on a resume. In the first example, the heading is "Activities". Listed below the heading, are the names of the clubs and organizations with titles, and membership dates. In the second example, "Community Involvement" is listed as the section heading. Below the section heading is the volunteer job title in bold aligned on the left side, with the involvement dates aligned on the right side. Below this line is the organization, which is aligned on the left side and the location of the organization, which is aligned on the right side. This is similar to what was done in the employment section of the resume. In this section, you may also include Presentations, Publications, Trainings and Conferences attended to show your involvement within your career field. We are nearly finished with developing your resume. In review, remember the components of your resume: your Name and Contact Information, your Summary of Qualifications, your Education, your Work Experience, and if desired, your Volunteer and Community Activities. The final step is to make sure that your resume is balanced, to create an excellent first impression for the employer. To see if your resume looks balanced, fold it in half vertically and horizontally. The wording on your resume should fill all four quadrants of the page. If you see a lot of white space in any of the four sections, consider changing formatting to make your resume look balanced. Now, it's time to get started putting together your resume or improving the one you already have! Come visit us in Career Services to get help with creating the perfect resume to get you that interview! Call Career Services at 612-659-6723 to set up an appointment with an advisor or stop by T.2500 to ask about our walk-in hours.

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