Project ReStartWriting a Resume
What is a resume?Your resume is a tool to get aninterview with an employer.
What are the characteristics of aresume?ClearAccurateConcise
Questions to ask when writing aresume:Where is it going?Who is going to receive it?How will it be read or distributed?
Where, Who, and How• Be sure to research thecompany and the contact• Make sure it is in a readableformat▫ To email, save a...
You have30 secondsto grabthe attentionof an employer
How to grab resume attention:Employers receive many resumes!You must past the 30 second scan!• Always include a cover lett...
Importance of Formatting• Use the same professional font• Use alignment – center, left, right• Create white space• Make li...
Relevance:Will it help me get an interview for this job?• Never exaggerate, give false or inaccurate information• Use the ...
Grammar and Spelling• No passive language – Show confidence!▫ I have had a lot of experience with typing.▫ Correct: I have...
Types of ResumesSkills Based Chronological• Many years experience• Lots of things well• Employment gaps• Shows Transferabl...
Skills Based Resume• Objective• Accomplishments▫ Skill How you got that skill▫ 2nd Skill How you got that skill▫ Etc.• S...
Chronological Resume• Objective/Summary• Education (if not a big focus then put at the end)• Experience▫ Title, Date, Busi...
ChronologicalResume• Objective/Summary• Education (if not a big focusthen put at the end)• Experience▫ Title, Date, Busine...
Objective Statement• Give the employer:▫ Kind of employment seeking▫ Sense of your professional direction▫ Tailor it to th...
Summary Statement• Sometimes instead of an Objective Statement• Briefly summarizes resume with:▫ Employment history▫ Key a...
EducationConsider putting your educationafter work historyif you have greater accomplishmentsthan your educationORyou do n...
Work Experience• Begin with the most recent experience• Use action verbs• Summarize – Be brief and to the point!• Focus on...
Special Skills• Languages• Computer knowledge• Proven interpersonal skills• Written and oral communication• Creative abili...
References• Ask ahead of time if they are willing• Keep them well informed• Give a copy of your resume to your references•...
Don’t Forget!• Proofread• The “friend read test”:▫ Check for errors▫ What info stands out?
Part II:Using Technology for Your Benefit
Using Technology• Your ability to communicate well throughtechnology is the greatest hurdle for jobseekers to overcome• Yo...
Supplies You Will Need:• Computer with WordProcessing Program(Microsoft Word)▫ Will allow you to create yourresume on the ...
Supplies You Will Need:• Memory Stick/USB Flash Drive▫ Save your file on a portablesource▫ Stores your files using a USBpo...
How much is enough for me?• Storage Size▫ 1 Bit = Binary Digit▫ 8 Bits = 1 Byte▫ 1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte▫ 1000 Kilobytes =...
Word Basics• Create a newdocument• Alignment• Font• Size• Format• Bullets/Prioritize• Tabs• Highlighting• Line Spacing• Co...
Questions?Melissa McGinniswww.linkedin.com/in/mcginnismelissamcginnis.m.melissa@gmail.com
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Learn the basics of resume preparation and how to use technology for your benefit. This presentation was used at Project ReStart, funded by the AARP Foundation, to help job seekers 50+.

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Resume Preparation

  1. 1. Project ReStartWriting a Resume
  2. 2. What is a resume?Your resume is a tool to get aninterview with an employer.
  3. 3. What are the characteristics of aresume?ClearAccurateConcise
  4. 4. Questions to ask when writing aresume:Where is it going?Who is going to receive it?How will it be read or distributed?
  5. 5. Where, Who, and How• Be sure to research thecompany and the contact• Make sure it is in a readableformat▫ To email, save as a .pdf▫ DO NOT copy and paste yourresume into an email – itmesses up the formatting
  6. 6. You have30 secondsto grabthe attentionof an employer
  7. 7. How to grab resume attention:Employers receive many resumes!You must past the 30 second scan!• Always include a cover letter and intro email• Resume is Simple, Concise, Direct, Organized▫ no more than 2 pages• Formatted• Relevant information only
  8. 8. Importance of Formatting• Use the same professional font• Use alignment – center, left, right• Create white space• Make lists and use bullets for reading ease• Organize with bold, underlined, or italic text▫ Bold brings emphasis▫ Underlined is a great header for a section▫ Italic is excellent for titles or quotes• MarginsBarbara HowardBarbara HowardBarbara HowardBarbara HowardBarbaraHoward
  9. 9. Relevance:Will it help me get an interview for this job?• Never exaggerate, give false or inaccurate information• Use the job description to imagine the job• What skills do you have that makes you the bestcandidate?• Only include hobbies, professional affiliations, volunteerwork, etc. if you believe it will help you get the job –Relevance!• Not an autobiography – can mention experience brieflyif relevant▫ “Various Short-term Jobs” as heading and list companies
  10. 10. Grammar and Spelling• No passive language – Show confidence!▫ I have had a lot of experience with typing.▫ Correct: I have a lot of experience with typing.• In a resume make statements not sentences• No “I” statements
  11. 11. Types of ResumesSkills Based Chronological• Many years experience• Lots of things well• Employment gaps• Shows Transferable Skills!• Showing career progression• Same line of work• Well-knowncompanies/organizations• Highlight level of work activity• Entering job market for firsttime• Don’t use if:▫ Irregular employment▫ Change in careers▫ Change jobs frequently
  12. 12. Skills Based Resume• Objective• Accomplishments▫ Skill How you got that skill▫ 2nd Skill How you got that skill▫ Etc.• Software Proficiency/Instrument Knowledge/etc• Employment History▫ Date: Title, Business, City, State▫ Date: Title, business, City, State• Education• Awards• Affiliations
  13. 13. Chronological Resume• Objective/Summary• Education (if not a big focus then put at the end)• Experience▫ Title, Date, Business, City, State Responsibilities▫ Title, Date, Business, City, State Responsibilities▫ Etc.• Skills/Software Proficiency/Instrument Knowledge/Affiliations, etc• References
  14. 14. ChronologicalResume• Objective/Summary• Education (if not a big focusthen put at the end)• Experience▫ Title, Date, Business, City, State Responsibilities▫ Title, Date, Business, City, State Responsibilities▫ Etc.• Skills/SoftwareProficiency/InstrumentKnowledge/Affiliations, etc• References• Objective/Highlights of Qualifications▫ Statement/bullet list• Accomplishments▫ Skill How you got that skill▫ 2nd Skill How you got that skill▫ Etc.• Software Proficiency/InstrumentKnowledge/etc• Employment History▫ Date: Title, Business, City, State▫ Date: Title, business, City, State• Education• Awards• AffiliationsSkills BasedResume
  15. 15. Objective Statement• Give the employer:▫ Kind of employment seeking▫ Sense of your professional direction▫ Tailor it to the position▫ Provide a sense of knowledge and skills▫ Apply it to a given industry or position
  16. 16. Summary Statement• Sometimes instead of an Objective Statement• Briefly summarizes resume with:▫ Employment history▫ Key accomplishments▫ Or areas you want to sell to the employer
  17. 17. EducationConsider putting your educationafter work historyif you have greater accomplishmentsthan your educationORyou do not want to emphasize your age
  18. 18. Work Experience• Begin with the most recent experience• Use action verbs• Summarize – Be brief and to the point!• Focus on Accomplishments, Contributions, andOutcomes• Show how YOU made a difference!• Quantify your accomplishments; give amounts;dollars, staffmanaged, budgets, increases, reductions
  19. 19. Special Skills• Languages• Computer knowledge• Proven interpersonal skills• Written and oral communication• Creative abilities• Organizational leadership• Independent work• Teamwork• Presentation• Problem solving• Decision making• BUT only if they apply!
  20. 20. References• Ask ahead of time if they are willing• Keep them well informed• Give a copy of your resume to your references• Mix business and academic if possible
  21. 21. Don’t Forget!• Proofread• The “friend read test”:▫ Check for errors▫ What info stands out?
  22. 22. Part II:Using Technology for Your Benefit
  23. 23. Using Technology• Your ability to communicate well throughtechnology is the greatest hurdle for jobseekers to overcome• You may have a lot of skills, but if you areunable to use technology as a tool, thenyou are unable to communicate what youhave to offerLearn how to use technology to YOUR benefit!
  24. 24. Supplies You Will Need:• Computer with WordProcessing Program(Microsoft Word)▫ Will allow you to create yourresume on the computer• A Printer or Email Account▫ Can store your files on emailby sending the email toyourself
  25. 25. Supplies You Will Need:• Memory Stick/USB Flash Drive▫ Save your file on a portablesource▫ Stores your files using a USBport▫ USB ports are on all computers▫ Attaches to your key chain▫ Store the files and take themwith you to different computers
  26. 26. How much is enough for me?• Storage Size▫ 1 Bit = Binary Digit▫ 8 Bits = 1 Byte▫ 1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte▫ 1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte▫ 1000 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte▫ 1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte, etc.• 1 Word file = approximately 36.5KB▫ Walmart 2 GB drive for $4 32 GB drive for $15• Will a 2 GB USB Drive be enough for me?▫ A $4 – 2 GB flash drive will hold 2 millionKB▫ Your resume is only 36.5 KB▫ That’s over 27,000 resumes!
  27. 27. Word Basics• Create a newdocument• Alignment• Font• Size• Format• Bullets/Prioritize• Tabs• Highlighting• Line Spacing• Copy/Paste• Save/Save As• Save As .pdfFor more detailed information aboutWord, take our “Intro to Microsoft Word”class!
  28. 28. Questions?Melissa McGinniswww.linkedin.com/in/mcginnismelissamcginnis.m.melissa@gmail.com
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