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  • 1. Creating a Résumé Business Technology
  • 2. What is a résumé? A form, usually 1-2 pages in length, that organizes all the facts about an applicant related to the job he or she is seeking.
  • 3. Why do I need a résumé? To highlight your skills, experiences, and qualities To get an interview To appear professional and organized To have an advantage over other applicants
  • 4. Where do I start? Uncover your skills, abilities, and special talents Ask yourself:  What am I good at?  What do I like to do?  What are my good qualities? Refer to pages 2-6 in The Resume Workbook
  • 5. Step 2: Choose a Job Objective What is an objective?  A statement that answers the question What is the purpose of this résumé? An objective can be vague or specific.  Vague: To obtain a position as a nurse at a hospital in Southwest Missouri  Specific: To obtain a position as a full-time nurse in the Pediatrics unit at St. John’s Hospital. Refer to page 7 in The Resume Workbook
  • 6. Step 3: Learn the Requirements of That Job What education is required for this job? What skills are needed for this job? What experience is needed for this job? Refer to page 8 of The Resume Workbook
  • 7. Step 4: List Your Related Skills and Abilities Review all of your skills and abilities you listed ( pages 3- 6 in The Résumé Workbook) Decide which ones are most related to the skills and abilities needed for the job you are applying for Now… Turn to page 10 in The Résumé Workbook
  • 8. Step 5: Write One- Liners What is a one-liner?  A one-line sentence describing how you have already used the skills and abilities that are needed for the job you are applying for How do I write a one-liner?  Always begin with an action verb  Assisted students with homework and class work  I helped kids with their homework Pages 11-14 in The Résumé Workbook
  • 9. Step 6 : List your work history Make a list of any work you’ve done or jobs you’ve held. List most recent work first. Include all work experience – even if you didn’t get paid for it or if it was short term. Now you do it… Pages 15-16
  • 10. Step 7: List your Education and Training Include:  High School, city, state, and graduation year  Any courses that could be related to your career  Any special training you have received  CPR  GPA – but only if it is 3.0 or higher  Leadership positions: club officer positions, etc. Put it to use… Pages 17-18
  • 11. Step 8: Summarize your key points Make a list of key points that your future employer may want to know about you.  Are you qualified for the job?  Will you be a good fit for the job? Keep it to one-line for each piece of information Make sure your statements are related to your job objective and is supported by what you say in the Skills and Work History section
  • 12. Step 9: Assemble your résumé Put it all together! Follow the steps on page 20 to complete pages 21 & 22
  • 13. Step 10: Produce a Final One-Page Résumé Refer to other résumés as a guide (pages 24-28) Make your name the 1st thing you notice on the page Limit white space Be creative! Proofread, Proofread, Proofread! Have someone else look at it
  • 14. Reflection What have you learned about résumés? How will this information help you in the future? What do you like about your résumé? What would you change about your résumé? Use page 29 to write your Reflection