Job Search: Resumes


A Résumé is a universally recognized job-hunting tool that is as unique as you are a person.  It is marketing tool meant to attract the attention of its readers. It does not get you the job.  However, it is a critical tool to help open the door for an interview. 

You do not need to convey your entire professional life on one or two pieces of paper.  You simply have to make the reader believe you are the one and only person who can do the job and want to pick up the phone to learn more about you.  A well-written résumé will accomplish the following:

  • Introduces you to prospective employers
  • Highlights your qualifications (i.e., strengths, skills, accomplishments, and knowledge) relevant to the requirements of a job
  • Provides a summary of your qualifications that your references and people in your network can use to speak effectively about you
  • Demonstrates your ability to present information in an organized, concise, and professional manner

Here, you will find information to help with:


Access to Career Services’ Online RÉSumÉ Builder

We offer a world of knowledge to help you succeed at your job search.   With a little strategy and understanding, you will be writing professional looking résumés, like a pro, in no time.

Before you begin using the online career tools, you will need to create an account with an access code.

Create Your Account

  1. To locate the access code, log onto Blackboard and go to the Student Services tab.  Scroll down and the code will be listed at the bottom of the Career Services announcement, on the right side.
  1. Once you have your access code, to create an account, go to the Post University Career Services’ online career tools, Optimal Résumé, at post.optimalrésumé.com, or click on Create Your Résumé, located in the black box on the upper right corner of this page. 

You will only be asked to create an account once and then you will have access to all the online career tools. 

NEW Résumé

To create a new Résumé, log in to the Create Your Résumé, located in the black box on the upper right corner of this page, and follow these steps:

  1. Watch the 20 minute video tutorial to get a preview of how to use the online résumé builder.
  1. Select Create Your Résumé, name it, and select Start Résumé.
  1. Browse Résumé Types, or Samples, and select a format.

EXISTING Résumé

If you have an existing résumé, begin by going to Create Your Résumé, located in the black box on the upper right corner, and sign into your account.

  1. Select Create Your Résumé, name it, and select Start Résumé.

  2. Browse Résumé Types, or Samples, and select a format.

  3. Copy and paste the content from your current résumé into the résumé sections that you choose.

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Career Services’ Résumé Writing Guide

The Career Services' Résumé Writing Guide, is a professional overview and supplement to the Post University Career Services’ Online Career Tools.  This guide will give you everything you need in order to succeed at writing Résumés.  In it you will find:

  • Tips to help you get started

  • A step by step guide to help you draft a résumé

  • Sample résumés

There are several custom résumé formats to choose from, created exclusively for Post University students.  We encourage you to experiment with the various formats, styles, action verbs, watch tutorials, use spellcheck, and experiment with the editing tools.

Your résumé is a quick advertisement of who you are and what you can do for an employer. When you are finished creating a résumé, www.cvwordchecker.com provides a quick, free means of checking the quality of the words used and suggests which words could be better.

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KEY RESUME SECTION SETS

The most important sections sets you will want to include in your résumé are Profile OR Summary of Qualifications (one or the other but not both), Education and Coursework, Internship Experience, Work Experience, Extra-Curricular Activities – which can include clubs, memberships, volunteer or community work. Finally, Honors and/or Awards can be included at the bottom. The online resume builder has additional sections that may be appropriate to your major.

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PROFILE OR SUMMARY OF QUALIFICTIONS

This section is a short introductory paragraph at the beginning of your résumé that shows how you are of value to the employer.  It can establish your professional worth and help get you noticed. 

  1. The goal is to encapsulate your experience in a short space and highlight four to six high level skills or accomplishments that really make you stand out.

  2. Things to include could be honors and awards, professional or academic achievements, or relevant training and education.

  3. Include short phrases that showcase your abilities, skills, and expertise.

  4. Avoid clichéd language such as “detail-oriented” or “excellent communication skills.” Don’t just say it, show it.

  5. Always be sure to use attention-grabbing keywords and action verbs to signify the importance and magnitude of your accomplishments and achievements.

Examples:

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Maintained 3.8 G.P.A. while working full-time
▪ Outgoing and articulate; gets along well with the public and coworkers, at all levels
▪ Works well independently and collaboratively in a team environment
▪ Learns quickly and enjoys challenges
▪ Recognized as Who’s Who Among College Students
▪ Served as Class President from 2010 to 2011

OR

PROFILE
Well-developed field research competence with adolescents, teens and other populations ▪ Created an after school program for under privileged students in an inner city setting ▪ Exemplified innate ability to understand and motivate children in a learning environment ▪ Planned and implemented the 7th grade math curriculum while interning ▪ Fluent in Spanish and Italian


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EDUCATION

This information should be listed as: degree, major, university or college name, location, GPA and graduation date (or anticipated).  Special coursework or areas of study, and workshops can be listed under a separate heading called Coursework or Course Highlights.

  • List your education in reverse chronological order.  If you have a bachelor degree, there is no reason to list an associate degree.

  • The only thing bold in this section should be the degree you hold. Do not use italics. Use commas or colons to separate information.

  • If you are a recent graduate or your academic background is your strongest qualification, you might want to put it closer to the top of your resume; especially if your major or coursework is relevant to the position.

  • Experienced professionals should consider eliminating dates of graduation. This information might make you appear older and your knowledge outdated.

Example:

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science Degree, Marketing ▪ Post University, Waterbury, CT
G.P.A. 3.8/4.0 ▪ Anticipated graduation: May 2014


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COURSEWORK/COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

If you are a student or recent graduate, consider providing the full name of the relevant course, such as Advanced Algorithms & Analysis or Fluid Dynamics. The label sounds specific and implies a more specialized knowledge of subjects within your field.  For experienced professionals, citing coursework can illustrate your efforts to maintain, or even expand, upon your level of expertise.   

Seminars, lectures, continuing-education classes, additional training and coursework all reveal to an employer that you are motivated and ready to keep current with trends and developments in your particular field.

  • List courses in order of importance.
  • Do not include introductory courses.
  • This section is optional and should appear after, or in conjunction, with the Education Section.

Example:

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science Degree, Marketing ▪ Post University, Waterbury, CT
G.P.A. 3.8/4.0 ▪ Anticipated graduation: May 2014
Honors and Awards
▪ Dean’s List, 2010 – 2012
▪ President’s Scholarship Award, 2012
                                                     
MARKETING COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
▪ Consumer Behavior     ▪ Marketing Management     ▪ Marketing Research
▪ Microeconomics          ▪ International Business        ▪ Social Media Marketing


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INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Internship information is still work experience and can be treated the same as you would treat anything in the Work Experience section.  However, for this information to stand out, especially for college students and graduates, it is best to place internships under its own section. 

  • Use strong action verbs to describe your experience, and when possible, include numerical measures.
  • Eliminate phrases that are menial such as, “filed paperwork, organized files, ran errands…”
  • Include phrases that demonstrate how you left your mark and made a difference as an intern.

Example:

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Marketing Assistant/Intern, ESPN, Bristol, CT                2011 – Present
Analyze competitive information and prepare business proposals for marketing staff
Present media kits to new clients and perform follow-ups
Moderate heavy phone lines and interact directly with clients
Implemented a tracking system for monthly expenses and travel arrangements
Organize weekly sales staff-meetings and set up conference calls for the outside office
Mastered Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Publisher skills


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WORK EXPERIENCE

This section can go by several names, including: Work Experience, Professional Experience or Experience. 

Consider the various positions you have and come up with four to six of the strongest contributions you made to each position.  

Whether you worked at Burger King, as an intern in college, or a seasoned professional making a career change, we all have transferrable skills.

  • List your job title, organization name, town/state, dates of employment and a description of responsibilities and achievements.
  • List your jobs in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most current position.
  • Give the most weight and space to your most recent (within the past 10 years) experience.
  • Do not include dates on work experiences dating back more than 15 years.
  • It is acceptable to include unpaid jobs, freelance work, or volunteer work.
  • Not all experiences must be included; select those with the most relevance for the position you are seeking.

Example:

WORK EXPERIENCE

Production Assistant, Media Productions, New York, NY           2010
Coordinated makeup and wardrobe for commercial and infomercial productions
Collaborated on identifying wardrobe themes and coordinated wardrobe selections with set designers

Assistant, SMART Magazine, New York, NY                             2008 – 2009
Notified leading manufacturers to obtain sample merchandise
Collaborated with the Fashion Editor and organized clothing and accessories for photo shoots
Created captions and explained new seasonal fashion trends for monthly issues
Transformed and wrote the “Makeover” feature for the magazine
Selected and secured subjects, coordinated photo shoots, and collaborated with the Style Team


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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES

This section can go by several names: Extra-Curricular Activities, Volunteer Work, Community Service, Memberships or Associations. Whichever name you choose, it is a good way to reflect your values and commitments.

As for volunteer experience, it can indicate that you possess such qualities as dedication, commitment, loyalty and dependability.  However, do not include every charitable thing you have ever done.  The examples you list should be relevant to the job.

  • List the organization or place where you volunteered, the position or role held, and the dates you participated in the activity.
  • This section should come near the end of your resume.
  • You do not need to include every detail of your involvement.
  • Activities should be appropriate in the context of the whole company. 

Example:

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES
Toastmasters International, Competent Communicator, 2009 – Present
Koman Race for the Cure, Registration Boot Volunteer, 2010 – 2011


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AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS

This section is where you define the different ways you have been recognized for your abilities.  It can include work, athletic or school related awards.  It can also include awards that display you as a bright, smart, young and energetic professional.

  • If your awards are linked to your education, you might want to place the honors/awards information under the education section.
  • Keep descriptions short and concise.

Examples:

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science Degree ▪ Major: Marketing, Minor: Business Administration
Post University, Waterbury, CT ▪ G.P.A. 3.8/4.0 ▪ 2012
Honors and Awards
Dean’s List, 2010 – 2012
President’s Scholarship Award, 2012

OR

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
Recognized as Who’s Who Among College Students for 2011
Recipient of the Dunkin Donuts Scholarship Award, 2010


 
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