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  • Resume TipsResume TipsResume TipsResume Tips

    WHAT IS A RESUME AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?WHAT IS A RESUME AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?WHAT IS A RESUME AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?WHAT IS A RESUME AND WHY DO I NEED ONE? Your resume is the foundation document that you need for your career search. It is a summary of your

    accomplishments academically, experientially and through employment that shows a potential employer the skills you have developed.

    Your resume may be your first contact with a future employer and if you make a positive impression and show how you would be a “fit” for the opportunity you may be called for an interview. Remember, a good resume gets you an interview.

    To create an effective resume requires preparation and thought. Once you have gathered all of the information you want to present, the next decision you need to make is what format best suits your combination of skill and experience to highlight the qualifications the employer is seeking.

    There are eight templates to choose from in this document. Select the one that suits your needs. Keep in mind that you can adjust the content presentation to suit your needs. Your resume should be a reflection of

    YOU.

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    Rev. – May 18, 2016

    As you write your resume, remember honesty is the foundation of everything. Ask yourself:

    Does your resumeDoes your resumeDoes your resumeDoes your resume reflect the “real you”?reflect the “real you”?reflect the “real you”?reflect the “real you”?

    Sometimes you may think the best skills are what the employer wants to hear. Detail the skills and experience that demonstrates your qualifications to do the job clearly. Employers deserve an authentic description of your skills and experience in the resume.

    AreAreAreAre your your your your qualificationsqualificationsqualificationsqualifications supported by evidence?supported by evidence?supported by evidence?supported by evidence?

    Don’t overstate your abilities in the summary of qualifications. Whatever you indicate in the qualifications summary must be supported by evidence of these achievements within the body of the resume. For every experience and competency listed, you should be able to readily provide a compelling accomplishment

    example. Describe at least one situation from the past that showcases actions, and offers tangible results of those activities (SAR). This is the reality check of the material presented.

    Are yourAre yourAre yourAre your accomplishment stories transparent? accomplishment stories transparent? accomplishment stories transparent? accomplishment stories transparent?

    In an effort to make achievements seem “strong enough” don’t overstate your role in the accomplishment

    statement itself. If you played a supporting role in an initiative, ensure that is clear – that there is no chance the employer misinterprets. For example, if you were not the only leader of an initiative, instead of introducing the example with “led” consider using “partnered with” or “worked cooperatively”.

    Did you opt to change a given job title?Did you opt to change a given job title?Did you opt to change a given job title?Did you opt to change a given job title?

    Job titles are not always clear. If you changed the job title on your resume, determine if that alteration stands up to scrutiny. Also, provide other information within that section of the resume to explain the full scope of the position.

    How did you handle gaps in your resume?How did you handle gaps in your resume?How did you handle gaps in your resume?How did you handle gaps in your resume?

    There is no need to explain an unemployment period that is only a matter of months. However, where there is a space of more than a year in career/education flow, you may need to address that. Give the employer an explanation – whether it’s “travelled worldwide, gaining knowledge and insight into international

    cultures and ways of doing business” or “pursued a diversity of opportunities from volunteering in the community to completing online courses such as…”

    Are your educational credentials complete?Are your educational credentials complete?Are your educational credentials complete?Are your educational credentials complete?

    If you did not finish your degree or still in school, simply putting the program title such as “Bachelor of

    Science” can be misleading, write something more explanatory. For example, “Completed two years of the ______ program” or “Currently enrolled in ___ year of a ____ year program”

    Are you addingAre you addingAre you addingAre you adding courses to be more competitive?courses to be more competitive?courses to be more competitive?courses to be more competitive?

    You might add future education or courses to make you look more competitive as a candidate if it is in the

    very near future. That way, it would be truthful to mention, for instance, “Enrolled in part time diploma program with goal of completion by_________”.

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    Rev. – May 18, 2016

    Optimizing Your Resume for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)Optimizing Your Resume for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)Optimizing Your Resume for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)Optimizing Your Resume for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

    Job seekers can increase their resumes' chances of getting through an applicant tracking system (look at MAC Student 8 for ATS sample) by following certain principles:

    Use .TXT .RTF .DOCX or .DOC (i.e. Word) file types: PDF documents cannot be scanned properly.

    Keep formatting simple: Don't include tables or graphics. Applicant tracking systems can't read graphics, and they misread tables. Instead of reading tables left to right, applicant tracking systems read them up and down.

    Feel free to submit a longer resume: Submitting a longer (three or four page) resume that allows you to pack in more relevant experience and keywords and phrases could increase your chances of ranking higher in the system.

    Use language found in the job description: As you are customizing your resume, look through the job posting to determine the required skills and competencies. Identify industry terms, buzzwords and jargon

    that have been used in the description. Put these key words and phrases (plus their acronyms, if applicable) into your resume. Put some thought into this process. Do not repeat keywords and jargon. Even though the system may select your resume, the actual recruiter who reads it later may frown on any repetitive, nonsensical use of these words.

    Save your resume with a relatable name: Save your resume with a file name that is useful and meaningful to the recruiter. You want the recruiter to find your resume quickly and easily, and you want to make it very clear what the resume is for, example, “YourName.Job.Posting.123”

    Call your work experience, "Work Experience": Sometimes job seekers refer to their work experience on their resume as their "Professional Experience" (or some other variation on that theme). The computer will completely skip over your work experience because you didn't label it as such.

    Start your work experience with the employer/organization name: To ensure applicant tracking systems read and import your work experience properly, always start it with your employer's name,

    followed by your title, followed by the dates you held that title. (Each can run on its own line). Applicant tracking systems look for company names first, followed by your title, followed by the dates you held that title. (Each can run on its own line).

    Spell check, spell check, and spell check again: An applicant tracking system will skip keywords that are misspelled.

    Formatting:

    • Use standard fonts such as Arial, Georgia, Arial, Courier, Lucinda, Palatino, Tahoma, Verdana, • Avoid using special characters (like arrows) for bullets. Standard “dashes (-)” are fine.

    • Steer clear of borders, shading or symbols (of any kind).

    • Do not hide keywords in white font in your resume

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    Rev. – May 18, 2016

    MAC StudentMAC StudentMAC StudentMAC Student –––– 1111 (Basic Template)(Basic Template)(Basic Template)(Basic Template)

    Temporary Address Home Address Phone number/e-mail Phone/e-mail

    HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS (optional/job specific)

    � Your relevant experience � Your credentials/training/education relevant to the position � One significant accomplishment, very briefly stated � One or two skills/strengths with some qualifying statements to back it up � A reference to your values, commitment, or work ethic

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of ….. year – present Major area of study; minor

    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON � Add any relevant subjects taken with a brief description � Add researc