Resume & Skill-
Champaign Housing Authority
Women of Opportunities
What do you think is the
purpose of having a resume?
Purpose of a Resume
● To help you obtain a job!
● To provide a summary of your skills, abilities
● Your resume acts as a marketing document
of yourself (paper or online)
● To introduce you to potential employers
● Promote what it is you have to offer and
entice them into wanting to know more
● Primary tool in job search
What should we put on this?
● this resume highlights the skills you have gained
through the experiences you have had in your life
● Ask yourself: What can I do?
● Here are five steps to get started
● Basic Components:
- Contact Information -References
-Skills & Abilities
-Activities, Honors, & Certificates
Step 1: Pick your Skills
● First things first:
○ Determine the job you want to target. The key skills required for the
job will help you to decide what to include on the largest chunk of the
resume: the “Summary of Skills.”
○ Pick three to four broad skill sets and that you can back up with
specific accomplishments or experiences.
■ Ex. Communication, leadership, and project management are
often-used skills, but you can get more specific, too.
Step 2: Craft your Bullets
● After you determine your skill categories, start drafting accomplishment
statements (in bullet form) that describe your experience with each skill
o Don’t worry about discussing the companies you worked for or the
exact positions you held—focus more on your specific achievements
● Make sure to use words that are universally known, for ex. if you worked in
health care instead of using the word “patient” you can use the word
“client” or “customer”
Step 3: Include Short Work History
● After the skills section, draft a brief work history section.
● Skip the bullet points here altogether, and just include: the c
o company name, your job title
o employment dates
o and the city and state of the organization
o Include volunteer positions or internships in this section, too—related
work experience doesn’t just have to be paid jobs.
Step 4: Add in Extras
● Lastly, add in any other headings that you think will sell
or highlight your experience.
o Feel free to get creative, but remember that
everything listed on your resume should have a
professional value Some options you might
Testimonials from professional references
Professional development courses or continuing
Step 5: Final Product
● Put it all together
● Check out these examples of skills-based
resumes to see how it looks: