RESUMES CAREERHUB RESOURCES:Handshake - career platformResume and cover letter reviewsJob search adviceMock interviewsComputers available for job searchJob fairs & On-campus recruitingInternships/Work StudyCAREERHUB - S101MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE700 WEST STATE STREETMILWAUKEE, WI 53223(414) [email protected] ACCESS HANDSHAKE:matc.joinhandshake.comResume Review InformationEmail your resume to us [email protected] and in the body of theemail, tell us your student ID, program, thetype of jobs you are seeking, and how you willuse this resume. Resumes must be aMicrosoft Word document. An EmploymentDevelopment Specialist will email youfeedback.Follow us on Instagram for up-to-dateinformation on upcoming events and n effective resume describes your education andexperience in relation to the job to which you are applying.You will often make your first impressions on employersthrough your writing and those impressions should beoutstanding. Your resume is a written snapshot that clearlysupports your career goals. Review and tailor your resumeto highlight your skills as they relate to a specific position.Information on the resume should be presented in order ofrelevance to the position.DEVELOPING A RESUME1. Analyze the job description for skills and abilitiesReview job descriptions for the skills and abilities thatemployers are seeking. Read through the descriptions andhighlight the required skills, attributes and qualifications.Use these words in your resume.2. Create a list of accomplishmentsTake some time to think about your accomplishments, thethings you do well and enjoy doing. Includeeducation/training, volunteer opportunities, workexperience, projects, and group/team activities. Describe indetail what you did, what equipment you used and whathappened. Quantify your results, if possible, and usecommonly understood terminology. Identify the personalstrengths and skills that you used to achieve youraccomplishments. Do not be humble. This is your chance topromote your skills and abilities.3. Analyze experiences for relevant skill areaAnalyze your experience to identify your skill areas as theyrelate to the types of positions to which you are applying.4. Write descriptive phrasesUsing action verbs write short phrases to describe whatYOU did that illustrates each skill. Be concise and specific.Arrange the descriptive phrases in order of relevance tothe position to which you are applying.5. Choose the appropriate formatAvoid using resume templates that come with wordprocessing applications. They are inflexible and oftenprohibit you from moving sections around or modifyingheadings. Be sure to choose the resume format that bestpresents your background and qualifications. Samples ofdifferent resume formats can be found on pages 6 and 7 ofthis packet.
Use a Resume to: Respond to an advertised job vacancy Express interest in a company after you haveresearched an organization Present to a potential employer at the time of aninterview Reinforce a personal contact you have alreadyestablished with an employer Submit to employers before on-campus interviewsResume Tips for First Year Students: If you are a recent high school graduate, it isacceptable to include work experience, leadership orhighlights of activities and accomplishments fromhigh school. As you progress in your program, besure to highlight skills and knowledge gained in yourcollege courses. If you don't have much work experience, you caninclude other information that highlights your skillsand abilities. Think about “transferable skills.” Whatskills will you need to be successful on this job? Doyou have them? Emphasize these attributes on yourresume.Sending Resumes and Letters Electronically: When submitting a resume via an organization'swebsite, use the formatting recommended by thewebsite. To send your resume via email, find out theemployer's format preference when possible (Word,PDF). Although some recruiters accept attachments,others prefer your resume be included in the text ofthe email message. In the body of the email, do notuse bold, underlining, bullets, distinctive fonts,colored text, or html codes. Send it electronically toyourself or to a friend to see how it will look. Unless you are told otherwise, include a cover letter.Send both the resume and cover letter in an emailmessage. The cover letter should appear first. Give the document a name the recruiter willassociate with you, such as "MillerJennifer.doc." Thiswill enable a recruiter to find your resume once it issaved on a computer. Don't name the document"Resume.doc."Developing a Scannable Resume:Some large employers collect and make resumeinformation accessible utilizing resume databasetracking systems. They scan incoming resumes into adatabase (sometimes letters too) and when they haveopenings, retrieve resumes using relevant keywords. It is permissible to ask an employer if youshould provide a scannable resume. Somecompanies will indicate on their website ifthey scan resumes and even give tips on howto format your resume. Include industry or job-specific keywords,especially relevant skills, understandableabbreviations, major, fields of study,experience (e.g., marketing research, java,html, sales, gel electrophoresis). Use a 10-12 point font size. Avoid underlining and casual or unusualfonts. Look at the overall readability of thefont you select. Is it easy to read?
INFORMATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR RESUMEComponentIdentifying DataProfessional SummarySkillsCertificationsEducationBasicsAt the top of the page: Name, e-mailaddress and telephone number (includearea code). Could consider addingLinkedIn profile link and links to onlineportfolios.The professional summary should followyour name, e-mail address and telephonenumber at the top of your resume andshould indicate the skills that you canbring to a specific position.List foreign languages, computer skills,office skills, lab techniques ortransferable skills.List any certifications relevant to theindustry in which you seek employment.Name of school, degree received,graduation date (Month, Year) orprojected graduation date or dates ofattendance if no degree was obtained.May chose not to include dates if degreeis not recent.List paid or military experience.Emphasize duties, responsibilities, skills,abilities and accomplishmentsWork Experienceappropriate to the position to which youare applying. Include your job title, thename of the company and dates ofemployment.Create separate section to showcase yourInternship/Field/Clinical Experience.Internship/Field/ClinicalCreate bullet points as you did in yourExperiencework experience section to highlightresponsibilities.CommentsEnsure that your name is on your voicemail andyour message and your email address areappropriate for a potential employer.This is your opportunity to capture the reader’sinterest and distinguish yourself from otherapplicants. This section should be no longerthan a few sentences.Focus on skills as they relate to the position towhich you are applying.Only list certifications that are current andrecognizable in your profession.Honors and grade point information (if above a3.5) is recommended in this section. If youattended more than one school, list the mostrecent first. It is not always necessary to list allof the schools you have attended. You may listany additional training you have had in thisarea.In addition to describing job functions, identifyyour achievements and contributions to theposition. Try to quantify results.Internships and experience that meet schoolrequirements are relevant and valuable toinclude.Community/VolunteerList offices held, organizations, projectsand the skills demonstrated.If the setting is political or religious, you maywant to use generic descriptions (i.e. YouthLeader for Church, Speech Writer for CityCouncil Candidate)Activities /InterestsIn order of importance, list studentactivities/organizations, professionalassociations and committees in whichyou have participated. List any officesheld and indicate the skills you gained.Indicate activities and interests that showleadership, initiative or pertain to your careerinterests.
PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:RESUME DO’S AND DON’TS:Having a professional summary at the topof the resume can be very useful indemonstrating what you are able to offerto an organization. It gives you anopportunity to highlight the skills thatwould be beneficial in the specificposition to which you are applying. Do not be vague. Steer clear fromstatements that say nothing substantialabout your career skills (e.g.,"Experienced professional withexceptional skills"). Keep it concise and targeted. Hiringmanagers often sort through hundreds ofresumes to fill one job opening.Professional Summary Example:Compassionate Emergency DepartmentRegistered Nurse able to make criticaldecisions in a high-stress environment.Team player looking to utilize strongdocumentation, triage and exceptionalpatient care skills in the field ofemergency medicine. Use good quality paperBe specific in your professionalsummaryUse a readable font and print on alaser printerEmphasize results produced,DOsignificant achievements andrecognition from othersQuantify when possible and use specific examplesCheck the spelling of every word and make sure grammarand punctuation are correctHave someone else proofread your resumeGet feedback from several peopleBegin phrases with action verbs such as "Developed,""Initiated," etc.Be truthful about your accomplishmentsUse resume templatesBegin phrases with "I” or usecomplete sentencesInclude personal information such asmarital status, social security number,age or national originDON’TUse flashy graphics or colored paper(unless you are applying for design, art or creativepositions)Mention controversial activities or associationsExaggerate your experienceInclude references
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Chronological Resume FormatThis resume format lists your background in a reverse chronological sequence, starting with the most recent position. You mayarrange your headings in various ways, depending upon what aspects of your background you wish to stress. This format works bestwhen your work, volunteer and academic experiences relate directly to the type of job to which you are applying. It is preferredby most on-campus recruiters and business employers.Doreen K. , WI(414) [email protected] SUMMARYExperienced accounting professional looking to utilize good organizational skills and a strong background in spreadsheetprocessing and auditing in an Accounting Clerk role at Smith Corporation.SKILLS Maintained general ledgerCreated financial reportsManaged records and filesUtilized QuickBooks Processed accounts receivableReconciled accounts payableProvided exceptional customer service andsupportEDUCATIONMilwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WIAssociate in Applied Science - AccountingMay 2019 - GPA: 3.6/4.0WORK EXPERIENCEMidwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, WIClerk/Bookkeeper, January 2010 - Present Manage all accounts receivable and payable functions for the hotel operation Prepare daily, monthly and yearly balance sheets for auditing process Oversee daily cash control, prepare bank and credit card deposits Collect payments for customer billing and post to general ledgerHyatt Hotel, Milwaukee, WIDesk Clerk, October 2006 - December 2009 Posted all room, tax and restaurant charges to individual accounts Typed memos and reports using Microsoft Office Suite Software Utilized computer to schedule reservations around the world for guests Communicated with guests and customers via a 10-line switchboard systemGrede Manufacturing, West Allis, WIProduction Clerk, June 2003 - September 2006 Handled and resolved customer concerns in a professional manner Prepared financial statements using BANKO Accounting Software Provided clerical support for three department managers Reconciled budget expenditures and posted to appropriate accountsVOLUNTEER EXPERIENCEFalls High School Tutored students in statistics
Skills/Functional Resume FormatThis resume highlights your most important skills or functions. Headings are built around these areas. Job titles, employers and datesof employment are listed in a brief section at the bottom of the page. This format allows you to highlight skills, knowledge andabilities relevant to the position regardless of where and when you obtained them. It works well when your work experience is notdirectly related to your career goal, you are entering the job market for the first time or you are making a career change.Doreen K. , WI(414) [email protected] SUMMARYExperienced accounting professional looking to utilize good organizational skills and a strong background in spreadsheetprocessing and auditing in an Accounting Clerk role at Smith Corporation.SKILLS Maintained general ledgerCreated financial reportsManaged records and filesUtilized QuickBooks Processed accounts receivableReconciled accounts payableProvided exceptional customer service andsupportEDUCATIONMilwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WIAssociate in Applied Science - AccountingMay 2019 - GPA: 3.6/4.0EXPERIENCEBookkeeping Managed all accounts receivable and payable functions for the hotel operation Prepared daily, monthly and yearly balance sheets for auditing process Oversaw daily cash control, prepared bank and credit card deposits Collected payments for customer billing and posted to general ledgerClerical Posted all room, tax and restaurant charges to individual accounts Typed memos and reports using Microsoft Office Suite Software Utilized computer to schedule reservations around the world for guestsCustomer Service Handled and resolved customer concerns in a professional manner Prepared financial statements using BANKO Accounting Software Communicated with guests and customers via a 10-line switchboard systemEMPLOYMENT HISTORYClerk/BookkeeperDesk ClerkProduction ClerkJob Cost ClerkMidwest Airlines CenterHyatt HotelGrede ManufacturingMail Boxes, Inc.Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WIWest Allis, WICudahy, WI2002-Present2000-20021995-20001991-1995
Cover LetterWhenever you send out a resume, a cover letter must accompany it. The purpose of the letter is to personalize yourresume for the employer and to enable you to elaborate more fully on your qualifications.DateNameYour addressCity, State ZipName of contact personTitleName of OrganizationStreet AddressCity, State ZipDear (contact name):Opening Paragraph: Why are you writing? Capture Interest! Strong opening sentences to make the reader want to continue reading. Name the job to which you are applying. Tell how you learned of it. Mention the name of the person (if any) who referred you to the organization. Perhaps pose a question that zeros in on a high-need area for the employer.Body Paragraph: Critical content section. Convince the reader of your skills. Acknowledge the skills required by the open position. State the skills/strengths you will bring to the job and that parallel those needed to fill the position. Give examples of skills/achievements and how they will transfer to the job. Comment on your knowledge of the company (their products, services, or special projects) and whyyou are interested in working for them.Closing paragraph: Ask for an interview - identify the next step! Refer to submitted resume. State that you are available for a personal interview at his/her convenience. Make it easy for the person to contact you. List your phone number and times you may be reached.Even if it is on the resume, list it here again.Sincerely,(sign your name here)Type your name here
Sample Cover LetterJune 1, 2019Doreen Johnson114 East Main DriveMilwaukee, WI 53214Ms. Stephanie P. TateAccounting MangerSmith CorporationP.O. Box 789Milwaukee, WI 53210Dear Ms. Tate:I am very interested in the (position title) opportunity you posted on Handshake. My MATC (name of degree)has given me the skills necessary to contribute to the continued success of (add name of company you areapplying to).At MATC, I developed (skills listed in the job description). With this background, I could help your staffmembers resolve problems and quickly fit into the department’s work flow with little additional training. Inaddition, I have learned that your organization is seeking an individual with (insert information from jobdescription) experience. I have (length of time) of (matching experience). These skills will be beneficial in abusiness setting such as (add company name here) where teamwork is so important.I welcome the opportunity to discuss my background with you in person. The best time to contact me is (daysof the week) between (time of day) at (your telephone number). I look forward to meeting you and workingfor (company from above). Thank you.Sincerely,(sign here)Type your name here
Sample Thank You Letter after an InterviewYou may send an email or a hand-written “Thank You” card in the mail. Always try to collect business cards from theinterviewers that you meet with during the interview.June 1, 2019Doreen Johnson114 East Main DriveMilwaukee, WI 53214Ms. Stephanie P. TateAccounting MangerSmith CorporationP.O. Box 789Milwaukee, WI 53210Dear Ms. Tate:Thank you for our interview (day, date) at (company name) regarding (position you interviewed for). I amvery interested in joining your organization and I know that I have the communication and position-relatedskills necessary to make a valuable contribution.As you pointed out in the interview, the ability to (state a need discussed during the interview) is an essentialrequirement of the position. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that during my (training or workexperiences), I preformed activities that allowed me to develop both my team work/building andcommunication skills. These skills are important in generating measurable progress in team settings which isso important to continued growth of an organization.Again, I am very interested in the (position title) position and am confident about the contributions I couldmake to your organization. I look forward to exploring the opportunity further with you. If any additionalinformation is needed or I may help in any way, please give me a call at (414) 555-1234. I look forward tohearing from you within the next two weeks. Thank you for your time and consideration.Sincerely,(sign here)Type your name here
Jun 01, 2019 · Reinforce a personal contact you have already established with an employer Submit to employers before on-campus interviews Resume Tips for First Year Students: If you are a recent high school graduate, it is acceptable to include work experience, leadership or highl