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  2. 2. A resume is a written document that contains a summary of work experience, including positions held at each employer, and educational background. Resume Preparing a resume The combination resume borrows the best features of other resume formats. It uses the flexibility of a functional format.  It borrows the ordered work experience of a chronological format. It allows you to present your best skills early in the document.
  3. 3. Change Your Thinking The old way to prepare a resume is to look at your work history and then select the skills, experiences and achievements that stem from it. Times are changing and the job market is more competitive than ever. Because of this, it's important to prove your worth to employers. Not every task or skill in your work history is relevant. Know your skills and know the value of each.
  4. 4. Identify your job target. Know what you want to do. At least know the type of job you'd like to have. Once you do, you'll be able to create a resume that has direction and purpose. Identify Your Job Target In the current economic climate, jobs are fewer and the competition's fierce. Many of us are eager to accept any job that comes along.  If you find yourself in this position, you may want to create a resume for each type of job you're qualified to do. In each resume, highlight the skills that are relevant to the job type.
  5. 5. Gather Your Facts Before you begin writing, gather your facts. Later you'll need to provide the details of your work history. The process is easier if you have these details handy before you begin.
  6. 6. Process of writing an effective resume Heading The heading is the first section of your resume. It includes your name, address, telephone number and email address.  Employers will need this in order to contact you Name This piece of information may seem obvious. Because your name may be the first item a reader sees, don't use a nickname.
  7. 7. If your name is difficult to pronounce, make it easier for employers to contact you by adding a nickname, as long as the nickname sounds professional. If your name is unisex, you can ease the minds of would-be callers by using Mr. or Ms. in the heading. Don't abbreviate street names in your address. Spell out the words Street, Avenue. Spell out your state name as well, unless you're running short on space.  If you must abbreviate the state, use the two-letter postal abbreviation. Always include your zip code. Address
  8. 8. Telephone Number Employers are most likely to contact you by telephone or by email. Provide your telephone number and area code. Answer your calls professionally during your job search. Email Address Include an email address in your heading. One should have an email address dedicated to job search. Choose an email address that sounds professional as you set up your account.
  9. 9. Targeted Job Title To make your resume effective and compelling, give a targeted job title just after the heading. The job title tells readers what will come. It gives the document purpose and direction. Professional Profile The professional profile describes you. It tells what you have to offer.  It sums up your most relevant skills, experiences and qualities.
  10. 10. Skills The skills section of your resume is a list of skills that might help your job search. They prove your ability to perform the targeted job.  These are not the same skills included in your professional profile. Example: Core Competencies Key Competencies Core Skills
  11. 11. Personal Information (optional) List only interests or hobbies that support your target. Keep it brief. Don't list anything that's dangerous or risky. Layout Combination resumes are as flexible as you want them to be. Move sections within the body of the resume to make them more visible. This will help you emphasize what's important.
  12. 12. Finishing Touches Your resume isn't complete until it's polished. Limit your resume to one or two pages. If your resume does run into two pages, staple the pages in the upper left hand corner.  Be sure you leave plenty of white space.
  13. 13. 12 Common Mistakes In Résumé Writing Font is too small — Make sure that your document is legible. A recommended font size is 11 or 12. Spelling mistakes — Use the spell-check tool, but remember that the best proof reader is another set of eyes. Be sure that there are no spelling errors, poor word choice, or misuse of language. These mistakes are not acceptable as it might appear that you are negligent with your work.
  14. 14. Repetitive words — Do not use the same verb to describe your work experience. Use a variety of action verbs to prove your transferable and diverse skills. Utilizing different action verbs can highlight the wide range of skills and knowledge that you possess. Leaving out dates — Include dates on your résumé.  Leaving them out might seem like you are trying to hide certain information.
  15. 15. Inconsistent layout of résumé — Present your résumé in a consistent layout. Set your margins evenly (right and left sides 1" margins; top and bottom). Have an even amount of space between each heading. Be consistent with your verbiage. For example: If you are describing your current job, use all verbs in the present tense.
  16. 16. Using someone else's words — It can be obvious that what is written is not in your own words when you do not speak like you write. It is important to prepare your résumé in your own words. Just having one version — Résumés need to be "fluid." The critical part is to tailor your résumé content to the job for which you are applying. You may have several different versions depending on the jobs you are targeting.
  17. 17. No cover letter — A cover letter should be sent out with every résumé. The cover letter is your sales document. It will augment your résumé. Unprofessional email address — Use an email address that is professional. Your professionalism has to come through in your résumé. Cluttered information — Filter out information that might seem irrelevant to the position.  Be wise in choosing certain facts to be included on your final résumé.
  18. 18. Including personal information — Personal information, like age, gender, and head shot should not be included on your résumé (unless you are a performing art student). Using abbreviations or contractions — Remember your résumé is a formal document, be sure to omit abbreviations or contractions in your words or sentences.
  20. 20. The purpose of this discussion is to provide basic, comprehensive information to assist you in developing effective presentations.  The use of visual aids, coupled with good public speaking skills, work hand-in-hand to create effective presentations. Your speaking style and stage presence are personal talents that you can refine with much practice and experience.  Much emphasis is given to visual aids which are essential to all successful presentations.
  21. 21. The visual presentation must emphasize the relevant information among the rest of the data. This is of particular importance since presentations are often realized on print media, which allow for no or only little interaction. Visual presentation aims for communicating and sharing information in a dataset visually to others (e.g., experts for detailed analysis).
  22. 22. •developer/designer knows what is important •user not actively involved •highly specialized •little interaction •user: inform Main characteristics •main purpose: communication •The information to be communicated is clear/defined upfront