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An overview of the services of the James W. Stuckert Career Center at the University of Kentucky as well as some resume writing basics.


James W. Stuckert Career Center Overview

James W. Stuckert Career Center OverviewMegan BooneAssistant Director, liaison to College of Engineering

Career Education and CounselingCareer explorationInterest based assessments (FOCUS, Do What You Are)Shadowing connections/Informational InterviewsEmployer research (Vault)Resume reviewsPractice interviewsJob search strategiesProfessionalism tipsAssistance with graduate school applications


View and apply for online postingsSchedule on-campus interviewsPublish your resume for employersSee upcoming Career Center Events

Networking OpportunitiesCareer FairsCareer Fair is Tuesday, February 26th (Engineering, High Tech & Healthcare) and Wednesday, February 27th (Business, Gov. & Nonprofit) from 10AM to 2PM in Student Center BallroomsOther EventsResumania on Wednesday, Feb., 13th from 10AM to 2PM in RGAN Commons. Meet employers such as Belcan, E.ON,Lexmark & LJB!Mock Interview Marathon on Wed., Feb., 13th & Thurs., Feb. 14th from 8AM to 4PM. Sign up through Wildcat CareerLink beginning Feb. 1st.Employer Information SessionsVarious times

Internships & JobsView listings on Wildcat CareerLink

Benefits of internshipsObtain work experience while at UKPart-time or full-time opportunitiesCredit or non-credit

Career Center AvailabilityOpen 8AM to 5PMCollege of Engineering office is in RGAN 383 Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday, & FridayAppointments RecommendedDrop-in Hours at James W. Stuckert Career Center from 3:00 to 5:00 PM each day

QuestionsAny further questions about James W. Stuckert Career Center Services?

ResumesWhat is the purpose of a resume?To get a jobTo give your life historyTo showcase your GPA and activitiesTo entice a prospective employer to call you for an interview

Purpose of a ResumeTo entice a prospective employer to call you for an interviewShow you can make an immediate & valuable contributionOnly include information relevant to the position Focus on where you are going with your career

Resume ComponentsIdentification InformationObjectiveEducationSkillsExperienceActivities

Identification Information???

Suzy Somebody100 New StreetAnytown, KY

Identification InformationMary Engineer100 East College StreetAnytown, KY 40052(555)

ObjectiveEvery resume needs one!Gives focus to your job searchClear and concise statement about the position you are seeking using a job title or a job descriptionMay be specific or general

Sample ObjectivesChemical engineer with focus in biopharmaceuticals Seeking a management position which utilizes my engineering background Process Engineer with Dow ChemicalsTechnical service representative in the computer science industrySeeking position in lean manufacturing

EducationList universities in reverse chronological orderDo not include high schoolName of institution, city, state, degree, major/minor, graduation date, GPA=3.0 Selected courses/Detail on course workHonors/ScholarshipsComputer skillsForeign languages% self-supporting if greater than 50%

Sample EducationEducationUniversity of KentuckyLexington, KYMasters degree in Mechanical EngineeringExpected August 2008GPA: 3.0/4.0, worked 20+ hours/week

XYZ UniversityIndiaBachelor degree in Electrical EngineeringMay 2005

SkillsHighlights qualifications in an easy to read formatExample:QualificationsProficient in C++, HTML, JAVAKnowledge of lean manufacturingUnderstanding of polymers4 years customer service experience

ExperienceAnything career related, including volunteer positions, co-ops, internshipsList in reverse chronological order (most recent position first)Info to include: employer, location (city, state), job title, dates of employment and description of your duties and accomplishments

Sample ExperiencePowerful Job Description Statements With Action WordsExample:Toyota Erlanger, KYEngineering Co-opSpring 2005, Summer 2006Designed car doors using AutoCADDeveloped and formalized manufacturing processesReduced waste on line by 20%, saving $300,000

ActivitiesInclude Relevant Activities (i.e., Fraternity, Sorority, Campus Organizations, Sports, etc.)List positions and describe your participationIncorporate skills acquired and usedFocus on accomplishments

Types of ResumesChronological




Chronological ResumeMost common format/Employers prefer itReverse ChronologicalLists the most recent job experience firstChoose this format if:You have a solid work historyYour responsibilities have increased showing growth and development

Functional ResumeDescribes set of skills/specific accomplishments in various settings:ManagementLean manufacturingChoose this format if:You have held a series of similar jobs using similar skills or abilitiesSalesCustomer Service

CombinationLeast common

Uses major skills in an addition to a record of job experience

Lists functions followed by years employed and list of employers

Electronic/ScannableScanned by a computer using optical character recognition softwareHelps large employers manage a large number of resumesUsed to respond to Internet job postings Database search for specific skills, experience and educationElectronic Resume = Formats, uploads converts, or scanned by computer (Common)

Resume Tipsshould be printed in black ink on white, ivory, or gray resume paper.should not include a picture unless you are applying for a job in modeling or ministry.should be one page only, unless you are writing an academic vita.should be mailed in a large envelope to prevent unnecessary creasing.

Resume TipsReflects the truthIs free of errors and gimmicksIs visually powerful and easy to readFocuses on skills and uses action words to get the readers attentionShould always be accompanied by a cover letter

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