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Title: Junior Career Planning and Preparation

JuniorCareer Planning and Preparation
  • Building Your Resume
  • Cover Letter Basics
  • Finding Your Professional FOCUS
  • Perfect Interview
  • Building Your Citadel Network

Building Your Resume
  • Purpose of Your Resume?
  • Sample Resume (refer to handout)
  • Format Margins, MS Word (no template)
  • One page or more?
  • Chronological or Functional Format?
  • Heading Information School and Home
  • Objective?
  • Skills Section
  • Experience Section
  • Leadership Section
  • Computer Skills
  • Honors/Activities
  • Interests
  • Reference Statement
  • Academic Portfolio Statement?
  • Electronic or Paper?
  • Resume Tips

Purpose of Resume
  • To help you concisely organize your
  • To help you tell your story
  • To help show your advantages relative to your
  • To help you earn an interview
  • Resume is useful for summer job, internship,
    graduate school, and employment applications
  • Military Resume Modified version, similar

Sample Resume
  • Please refer to the resume handout
  • For additional samples, see http//www.citadel.edu
  • ResumeSamples.htm

Resume Format
  • Create in MS Word (no template)
  • The MS Word resume templates weak
  • Margins set to .7 inches, all aspects
  • Font Size Use 11 to start, 10-12 if needed
  • for all text other than your name (use 18-24 for
    your name)
  • Font Times Roman or Arial

One Page or More?
  • Strive to keep your resume to one page
  • Two pages are acceptable if needed
  • Be sure to include all information relevant
  • to your OBJECTIVE
  • Your resume has approx. 10 seconds to succeed or

Chronological or Functional?
  • Use Chronological format at this stage in your
  • Functional format may be better when you are more
  • For Chronological format, enter your experience
    in reverse order (most recent on top)

Resume Heading
  • Include both School and Home phone and address,
    email address
  • Be sure the information is accurate before
    sending your resume to an employer
  • Update your resume as soon as contact information
    changes (and also update your resume if loaded
    into the resume database in The Gate system)

Objective Statement Needed?
  • Majority of Recruiters Yes
  • Needs to be Concise
  • Do not use Challenging, Utilize, or Field
  • Good Example Summer 2009 Internship in
  • Good Example Entry-level position in Sales
  • Good Example Admission to Duke MBA Program

Skills Section
  • Important in Showing You Have the Skills Needed
    by the Organization
  • Start with Most Relevant Skills for Position
  • List in 3 Columns
  • Example
  • Sales Management Presentation
  • Teamwork Interpersonal Analytical
  • Leadership Supervisory Spanish (Basic)

Validating Skills Claimed
  • Have at least two examples ready for each skill
  • Interviews are often based on resume content
  • You may also bring samples of your work to
    illustrate your claimed skills

Experience Section
  • Include paid and unpaid experience
  • Use reverse chronological order
  • Use bullets to segment your duties
  • Use only positive phrases not Dealt with
    customer complaints but Provided excellent
    customer service
  • May include jobs while in high school
  • Include volunteer experiences and study abroad
    (may justify a separate section)

Leadership Section
  • Cadets often add a Leadership section
  • Include positions held at The Citadel
  • and possibly those in high school
  • Specify duties and the number trained or
  • See samples from cadets on our web site
  • Organization is similar to Experience section
  • Typically placed after Experience section

Computer Skills
  • Separate from upper Skills section, easier for
  • Unbundle MS Office, list only those you know MS
    Word, MS Excel, MS Access, etc.
  • Add other relevant computer skills

  • May include high school honors and activities,
    add (HS) after the entry
  • Example Football Team Captain (HS)
  • See sample resumes for other examples
  • Religious Activities Typically may include
  • Political Activities Typically may include
  • Scholarships Include
  • Academic Honors Include

  • Include to help find common interests with the
  • Interests often discussed during interview
  • Do not include interests which may be judged
  • Include at most 5 interests

Reference Statement
  • Add if space allows
  • If requested, have your separate reference page
  • Include 4 references 2 professors or staff
    members, 2 supervisors from prior jobs
  • See sample Reference page at http//www.citadel.ed

Academic Portfolio Statement
  • Academic Portfolio is a binder containing
  • 4 6 samples of work from your classes
  • Examples Research Papers, Business Plans,
    Projects, etc.
  • To show potential employers your skills
  • Print fresh (revised, if needed) unmarked copies
    for your Academic Portfolio
  • Only list Academic Portfolio Available on your
    resume if you in fact have one ready
  • See www.citadel.edu/career_services/info-students.
    htm for more on Academic Portfolios

Electronic or Paper Resume?
  • You will often send your resume as an email
  • If paper copy is needed, use a laser printer
  • Use resume quality paper (office supply stores
    sell this) and matching envelopes
  • Print envelopes via MS Word (do not hand-write
    addresses on envelopes)
  • Use 20 pound white or ivory paper
  • If watermark paper, print in same orientation as

More Resume Writing Guidelines
  • Follow Resume Guidelines at www.citadel.edu/career
  • The Citadel Writing Center provides writing
  • Specific questions? Please send to
    CareerCenter_at_Citadel.edu, attaching your resume

Resume Tips
  • Proof carefully, after using spell check
  • Be truthful
  • Include information which supports your Objective
  • Update your resume frequently
  • See through the employers eyes What skills do
    you bring to the firm?
  • Use your resume to tell your unique story in a
    positive and convincing way

Cover Letters
  • Purpose Introduces you and your resume
  • Use resume top as letterhead
  • Sample format http//www.citadel.edu/career_servi
  • Answer 4 Questions
  • Who are you?
  • Why are you writing?
  • What can you do for the firm (ref. to resume)?
  • What will you do next (call for appt., etc.)?

Update on Using FOCUS v.2
  • FOCUS (new version now available) helps you
    identify the jobs which best match your values
    and interests
  • To use Enter FOCUS at www.citadel.edu/career_serv
  • Be sure to Narrow and Refine your results,
    using this option on the Main Menu, to see the
    best matches for you

Interview Preparation
  • Use the Perfect Interview Program to practice and
    record interviews
  • Access program and instructions
  • May use with or without a web cam
  • Work stations with web cams available in The
    Citadel Career Center, reserve a time to use by
    contacting CareerCenter_at_Citadel.edu

Building Your Citadel Network
  • Use the Online Mentoring Network to start
  • To use Register for access to The Gate at
    www.citadel.edu/career_services, then follow
    instructions for Mentees
  • See profiles for over 400 alumni mentors, select
    and contact the one(s) of most interest, for
  • Build a network of at least 10 key contacts by
    the end of Junior year (from all sources)
  • Work to make the best possible decisions for your

Thank You!
  • Best Wishes as you build your resume, determine
    your professional focus, build your network, and
    prepare for life after The Citadel!
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