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Connecting great talent with opportunity
Connecting great talent with opportunity

Identification:

Your name should be on the top of your resume. To highlight your name, put it all in capital letters, or enlarge the letters to ensure that an employer can immediately identify whose resume they are evaluating. Your permanent and temporary addresses as well as your phone number should also be included on the top of your resume.

Career Objective Statement:

This is an important part of the resume because it is the initial focus for the reader, and the remaining parts of the resume are designed to support the objective. It sets the stage for the resume and ties the other parts together. It shows that you have done some constructive career thinking and that you know something about what work you are seeking and what you would want to do in your career. It should be specific enough to show that you have some direction, but not so much that it rules you out of related jobs. Your resume in today's market will be much more effective if it helps match you to a specific job area rather than being left too general or open concerning what you want.

The career objective should include three important items:

  1. What talent, skill, or experience you bring to a potential employer.
  2. In what area, function, and discipline you expect to participate with an employer.
  3. What you would expect to see as a result of your involovement in that employment experience.

Employers are looking for people who want to do the kind of work they have to offer and who have the potential ability to do the work well. By stating what you are seeking, and suggesting ways you can contribute to the position, you are taking an active role in the matching process and not leaving it to chance or placing all responsibility on the employer to make the match. By stating your objective in terms of the employer's interest, you suggest that you are offering the employer exactly what he/she is wanting.

Examples of Job Objectives

  • Teacher of junior high or senior high school mathematics in public or non-public school where a strong math and computer background, excellent communication skills, and desire to work with young people would be assets.
  • Desire a stimulating and thorough introduction into the management and analysis of securities and financing alternatives with a diversified corporate finance department.
  • To pursue a career with a firm in the textile industry where I can utilize my Business Administration training in a responsible and productive position.
  • To become associated with a growth-oriented public accounting firm, gaining the knowledge and experience necessary for advancement.
  • Sales representative for a major corporation with long-range career objectives in Product or Brand Management.

Education:

The name of the college or university you are attending or have attended most recently goes first. The city and state are included. If you have attended other institutions, you need to list them in order, only including your high school if you believe it will help you with employers in your home area. Include any degrees, certificates, or diplomas. You may wish to include the dates you attended the other institutions. A statement concerning what you studied could be added if it helps clarify your specific interests or skills. Your degree (please be sure to check this out so that you have the proper one!), major(s), minor(s), and area of emphasis need to go next. Your GPA is optional. If you have above a 3.0, you may wish to include it.

Other things that you may wish to include would revolve around your academics: Dean's List, GPA in your major, or a subheading entitled Related Course Work. When listing course work, use upper level courses that enhance your educational background.

Experience:

This section is the heartbeat of your resume. You are selling your skills, accomplishments, and relevant experiences. This part should be full of descriptions about what you have done for an employer. Your statements should describe, coincide, and relate back to your objective.

Begin with the most recent employment (or present) and work your way backward. Be sure to include two to three job experiences. It is most beneficial if your experience is in an area related to your career goals. If your only experience is at "Burger Barn," do not fear because even this will show work ethic.

Cedarville University is an employer. If you are or have been an RA, served in the cafeteria, worked on grounds, or housekeeping, you need to include these. Use appropriate action verbs to describe the duties you performed.

The experience section is used to show a prospective employer your strong, adaptive, and functional skills as related to your objective. Employers like to see results. Elaborate on how you have contributed in this way. Did a product implement a new program? Were you promoted? Be factual, positive, brief, relevant, and result-oriented.

A one line statement at the end of the section offering how much of your college expenses you financed (if substantial) will show the employer your drive to succeed.

Activities:

The activities section includes awards, military experience, skills, international experiences, community service, etc. Only use those things that show or deserve significant merit or recognition. You may include honors in this section or create a new section just for honors. This section will tell an employer much about your character values and could prove useful to the recent graduate who does not have a great deal of work experience.

References:

Use a statement which offers the employer a means by which they may obtain your references.

  • Available upon request
  • Furnished upon request

We encourage you to set up an account with College Central Network (CCN). Your department may already require this registration. CCN provides students and recent graduates with the best web-based tools to efficiently manage their job search of the nation's finest employers seeking entry-level talent. Career Services uses the database when employers contact the University for job candidates. Your resume will be published on the Internet for employers to view.

If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by the Career Services Office. We will do our best to assist you in any way possible.