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    • Writing your resume
    • What is a resume?
      • It is a concise summary of an applicant’s qualifications for employment.
      • It should emphasize skills & abilities that you want employers to recognize.
      • It is a tool that you can use to sell yourself.
      • A resume should be easy to read, attractive, crisp, & clean.
    • Guidelines for the resume
      • One inch margins on all sides
      • Use high quality, 20-lb. bond paper
      • Paper color should be white, off-white or gray (use matching envelopes)
      • Use headings, boldface print, different font sizes, underscores, listings, bullets or asterisks, or capitalization to emphasize your qualifications.
      • Limit your resume to one page
      • Format attractively using white space effectively
      • Use parallel structure in headings & listing
      • Never use the pronoun “I” as the first word of a sentence on resume; use “Filed correspondence”
      • Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation
    • Sections
      • Heading
      • Job objective
      • Special qualifications
      • Work experience
      • Education
      • Activities, interests, & achievements
      • Personal information
      • References
    • Tips
      • Use general resume if you are applying for a variety of jobs
      • Use a specific resume if you have one particular job or type of job in mind
      • Omit any information that might cause a negative reaction; for example, if you have an interrupted work history, omit dates when listing work history.
      • Organize information so that it impresses potential employers
    • Organizing your resume
      • Reverse Chronological Order
        • Most recent work experience first & works backward to earlier jobs.
        • Most resumes are organized this way
      • Functional Order
        • Present accomplishments or skills in order of their importance.
        • List items in descending order of importance; emphasizes strengths & de-emphasizes less important aspects of your background.
    • Functional Order, continued
      • Suppose you are applying for a job that requires strong communication skills, then you might want to put those experiences/accomplishments first
      • If you don’t have much relevant work experience but have taken courses beyond high school level, education is your most important qualification.
      • So, you would put your educational qualifications first.
      • Now, let’s look at each section.
    • Heading
      • Information to include
        • Name
        • Address (street & postal)
        • Telephone numbers where you can be reached including area code
        • Email address
      • If you send out resumes while still in school, you may want to show both your school & home address (and the corresponding telephone numbers.)
    • Job Objective
      • A brief statement that describes the type of position for which you are applying.
      • This is an optional section
      • This lets the employers know if your interests match their needs.
      • When unsure, omit it.
      • Example: To secure a position as a______with the opportunity for advancement into_________.
    • Work Experience
      • For each job, list the name of the company or organization you worked for; the city & state; dates of employment (often included but not mandatory.)
      • Also include the job title & a description of your responsibilities & accomplishments.
      • You can list your work experience by date, company, or job title.
      • Mentioning summer or part-time jobs will show prospective employers that you are hard working.
    • Here’s an example of listing by work experience
      • Telesystems Corporation , Lake City, Utah, Technician, March 2006 to present. Prepare repair estimates, repair mobile devices, and answer customer inquiries. Operate testing equipment, analyze repair records, schedule customer repairs, and order parts.
    • Here’s an example of listing by job title
      • Cashier . Wheeler’s Variety Store, Snow City, Wyoming, October 2006 to May 2009. Assisted customers in making purchases and returns; operated electronic cash register; and handled cash, checks, and credit card transactions.
    • Education
      • Begin with the most recent postsecondary school you have attended.
      • List each school, the degree or certificate earned, the major study & completion dates (month & year.)
      • Include credit & non-credit workshops, seminars, & classes if they relate to the job objective.
    • Other information you can include if space permits…..
      • Academic honors &/or awards
      • GPA if you have a good one (at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
      • List your GPA as an overall average, an average in your major, or an average in your last 30 hours of schooling.
      • Military experience
      • Average number of hours worked during school
      • Percentage of school your paid for yourself.
    • Check out this example…..
      • Education
      • Associate degree in Business Administration,
      • May 20xx, Polk Community College, Winter Haven,
      • Florida. Additional courses in management information systems and business communication. Worked part time while attending college. (Worked 25 hours a week while attending college to pay 100 percent of school expenses.) Overall GPA = 3.55
    • Activities, interests, & achievements
      • List information that reflects your ability to work hard, think creatively, show initiative, work well with others, & show your leadership qualities.
      • You can title this as
        • Achievements, awards, and honors
        • Interests
        • Activities and achievements
        • Additional interests and qualifications
    • Personal Information
      • This is optional
      • Includes age, gender, national origin, religion, race, disability, marital status, number of children
      • Only include what is relevant & will help you get the job.
      • A picture is not necessary unless physical appearance is part of the job.
    • References
      • This is also optional.
      • If you include references, the information should be placed on a separate page.
      • Use the notation at the end of your resume “References available upon request.”
      • Before you include people as references, ask their permission first; if they agree, tell them what kind of job you are applying for so they can describe their experiences with you appropriately.
    • F.Y.I.
      • Applicants are sometimes asked to sign a statement that the information on their resumes & application forms is complete & accurate. If an employer learns you have lied, you may be fired.
      • The purpose of the resume is to open the door for an interview; it is not a guarantee for a job offer.
      • Make sure your references are readily available in case the prospective employer asks for them.