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Developing an Effective Résumé Presented By Wendy Dukes – MBA Prep Coach Aimee Slater – MBA Prep Program Manager MBA Prep ...
Objectives <ul><li>Understand the purpose of a résumé </li></ul><ul><li>Review common résumé format  </li></ul><ul><li>Dis...
Why Does the Résumé Exist? <ul><li>To get you an interview; eventually the job </li></ul><ul><li>Used as a pre-screening p...
Résumé Basics <ul><li>One page </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it clean and easy to read, nothing fancy </li></ul><ul><li>Tradition...
The Anatomy of a Résumé <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships and fel...
The Anatomy of a Résumé <ul><li>Additional Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language proficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cert...
Résumé Basics <ul><li>Understand your goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on goals and passions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Bullet Point Basics <ul><li>Non-Results focused bullet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Led cross-functional global product develop...
Bullet Point Basics <ul><li>Un-quantified bullet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Supervised strategic planning for three divisions...
Power Verbs Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off  <ul><ul><li>Accelerated  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cha...
Bullet Point Blunders Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off  <ul><li>Fluent in remedial Spanish </li></ul>...
Résumé Review <ul><li>Break out into groups of 2  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it clear what this person does? </li></ul></ul>...
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  1. 1. Developing an Effective Résumé Presented By Wendy Dukes – MBA Prep Coach Aimee Slater – MBA Prep Program Manager MBA Prep Kick-Off Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business Houston, TX March 27, 2010
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Understand the purpose of a résumé </li></ul><ul><li>Review common résumé format </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss success factors for an effective résumé </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate peer résumés </li></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  3. 3. Why Does the Résumé Exist? <ul><li>To get you an interview; eventually the job </li></ul><ul><li>Used as a pre-screening process </li></ul><ul><li>Cliff Notes of your qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>May be the first and only impression you make! </li></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  4. 4. Résumé Basics <ul><li>One page </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it clean and easy to read, nothing fancy </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional font; nothing smaller than 11 pt. </li></ul><ul><li>White or cream paper </li></ul><ul><li>Proof read for typos; read it backwards </li></ul><ul><li>Do not embellish! </li></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  5. 5. The Anatomy of a Résumé <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships and fellowships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs and organizations (focus on leadership) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Results and accomplishments (team and individual) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List most recent job first; use years and months </li></ul></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  6. 6. The Anatomy of a Résumé <ul><li>Additional Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language proficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certifications and licenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests and achievements, travel and/or study abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anything that is interesting and unique about YOU </li></ul></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  7. 7. Résumé Basics <ul><li>Understand your goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on goals and passions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target the industry and/or company that interests you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conduct a self assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about the experiences that showcase your qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be selective – chose the most impactful ones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compose the bullets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantify your achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use action verbs to describe accomplishments </li></ul></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  8. 8. Bullet Point Basics <ul><li>Non-Results focused bullet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Led cross-functional global product development team” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results focused bullet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Led cross-functional global product development team to launch new product in 10 countries within budget and on time” </li></ul></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  9. 9. Bullet Point Basics <ul><li>Un-quantified bullet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Supervised strategic planning for three divisions” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantified bullet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Spearheaded re-engineering projects reducing operating costs by $3.2MM while maintaining original operating levels” </li></ul></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  10. 10. Power Verbs Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off <ul><ul><li>Accelerated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chaired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagnosed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orchestrated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conceptualized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spearheaded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revitalized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safeguarded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constructed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resolved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Established </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Bullet Point Blunders Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off <ul><li>Fluent in remedial Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships developed with several clients </li></ul><ul><li>Oversees assigned project </li></ul><ul><li>Managed a close-knit team of one </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted myself in a business like manner </li></ul><ul><li>Average of 110% to goal for all products </li></ul><ul><li>Worked overtime; Maintained positive trend of productivity </li></ul>
  12. 12. Résumé Review <ul><li>Break out into groups of 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it clear what this person does? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you like about the résumé? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What things would you change on the résumé? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would you give this person an interview? </li></ul></ul>Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off
  13. 13. Questions? Developing an Effective Résumé MBA Prep 2011 Kick-Off

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