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resume writing


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this is a powerpoint presentation on how to write a resume and the different types of resumes which are functional, chronological and categorical.

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resume writing

  1. 1. RESUME By Daniel, Alan, Nghia and Anthony
  2. 2. HOW TO WRITE A RESUME <ul><li>A resume is a summary of your skills, education and work experience. A good resume demonstrates how your skills and abilities match up with the requirements of the job. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cont. <ul><li>How long should it be? </li></ul><ul><li>Resumes give you the opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer. A resume is not an exhaustive list- if its too long it probably wont get read at all. The best resumes are usually no longer than one or two pages. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cont. <ul><li>Do I need to change it every time? </li></ul><ul><li>You should change your resume with every job application so that it lists the skills and experiences you have that are most relevant to the job you are applying for. Changing your resume will give you more success. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cont. <ul><li>What if I don’t have much experience? </li></ul><ul><li>While things like your academic record and work experience are typical ways to show how suited you are to a particular job, these are not the only things you should include. There are other ways to demonstrate that you are the right person for the job, including your: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal traits – you’re an honest worker, you enjoy being part of a big team </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths – things you’re good at or enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences – volunteering or extracurricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Key responsibilities and achievements – any awards or recognition that you’ve received. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cont. <ul><li>How do I organise the information? </li></ul><ul><li>- The structure of your resume will cary depending on your work experience and education and training background. </li></ul><ul><li>- A resume usually sets out information in a reverse order. </li></ul><ul><li>- Your most recent work experience and study details should be first on the list. </li></ul>
  7. 7. DIFFERENT TYPES OF RESUMES <ul><li>Functional Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Categorical Resume </li></ul>
  8. 8. Functional Resume <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Often better for new graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to emphasise ALL aspects of yours kills, achievements, etc. And not just those used in previous jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Good for changing careers i.e. Previous jobs are not related to current aim </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>May not highlight a defined career path, if have had one </li></ul><ul><li>Does not emphasise your past employers (if they are prestigious). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chronological Resume <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasises career growth, i.e. A well-defined career path. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to understand since it is the traditional format </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights the name of your employer. (Great if they are prestigious) </li></ul><ul><li>Works well when you are staying in the same field as your previous jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Not ideal when looking for your first job </li></ul><ul><li>Shows up major jumps or breaks in your work history. </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t work well if you are making a career change. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers have to infer your skills and abilities because job titles and duties vary from employer to employer </li></ul>
  10. 10. Categorical Resume <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasises caried experience </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to highlight skills and experience specific to job advertisement </li></ul><ul><li>Good style when you have no formal qualifications but lots of ‘hands-on’ experience </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Not good for people with limited or focused work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate for jobs requiring extensive experience </li></ul>