WHPL Resume Creation

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WHPL Resume Creation

  1. 1. Resume Creation West Haven Public Library www.westhavenpl.org http://www.careeronestop.org
  2. 2. When writing your resume, remember to: <ul><li>Be truthful. State your abilities accurately. </li></ul><ul><li>Target your audience . Highlight skills and activities relevant to the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it brief. Limit your resume to one or two pages, and use fewer words for scannability. </li></ul><ul><li>Write and rewrite. Plan to write several versions of your resume before it feels right. </li></ul><ul><li>Be professional. Print your resume on high-grade paper using a quality printer. </li></ul><ul><li>Be accurate. Proofread your resume (and have a friend do the same) for any errors. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up.  Call or send a letter to the employer to restate your interest in the position. </li></ul>
  3. 3. When you’re done: <ul><li>Print a copy of your final draft. </li></ul><ul><li>Save in multiple places. </li></ul><ul><li>Email a copy to yourself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plain text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attachment </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Resume Features <ul><li>A career objective can focus you and help you write a tight resume. Each statement in your resume should reflect your objective. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a summary statement to show why you are the ideal candidate for your desired job. The summary statement is a place to highlight your past accomplishments. Emphasize the professional characteristics that make you stand out. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume Features <ul><li>Contact information tells the employer who you are and how to contact you for additional information. </li></ul><ul><li>Education background shows your academic achievements and fields of study. </li></ul><ul><li>Include information on any licenses or certifications to indicate your specialized expertise in a particular field. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Resume Features <ul><li>Your work experience tells the employer where you have worked and what you have done. </li></ul><ul><li>Your skills list shows what abilities you have related to your desired job. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cover Letter <ul><li>Heading and greeting Include the date, your name and your contact information. Address the letter to a specific name and/or title whenever possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Opening and introduction Explain who you are and your reason for writing, including how you found out about the position. </li></ul><ul><li>Body Sell yourself. Reveal why you are a perfect and unique match for the position. Explain why you have chosen the employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Assertive closing Politely take initiative toward further action and next contact. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cover Letter <ul><li>Be confident, positive, and focused </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise, accurate, and polite </li></ul><ul><li>Use short sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the letter to one page. </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread your letter thoroughly. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the reader for his or her time. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign your cover letter — blue ink is best to show the letter is an original. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Icons
  10. 10. Microsoft Word
  11. 11. Type settings Print, Spell Check
  12. 14. Word Resume Wizard
  13. 15. Word Resume Wizard
  14. 16. References: <ul><li>http://www.careeronestop.org </li></ul>

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