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1 Resume (Re)Construction Putting together a new resume - or making an old one like new

2 Why Make a Resume? Many jobs require one Show off your “put-togetherness” Get your thoughts straight – even if you never show it to anyone Self-esteem boost – you’ve probably accomplished more than you realize!

3 3 Basic Layouts Chronological Focus is on WORK HISTORY Functional Focus is on SKILLS and EDUCATION Targeted/Combination Focus is on the needs of a SPECIFIC JOB

4 PROs: Shows off solid work history No negative connotations Can demonstrate commitment to a field or job CONS: Highlights gaps in employment history Highlights inexperience Tends not to favor: Recent Grads Career Switchers People with gaps in employment By far the most common. Chronological

5 Your Name Contact Information Objective Work History List jobs with dates far to the LEFT. Education Certifications Skills

6 Paul Jones 6 Pine Street Arlington, VA (home) (cell) Experience Key Holder, Montblanc April February 2005 Opened new specialty boutique Placed orders to restock merchandise and handled receiving of products Managed payroll, scheduling, reports, , inventory, and maintained clientele book and records Integrated new register functions Extensive work with visual standards and merchandising high-ticket items Sales Associate, Nordstrom - Collectors and Couture Departments July April 2001 Merchandised designer women's wear Set up trunk shows and attended clinics for new incoming fashion lines Worked with tailors and seamstresses for fittings Scheduled private shopping appointments with high-end customers Bartender Jigg's Corner February July 1999 Provide customer service in fast-paced bar atmosphere Maintain and restock inventory Administrative responsibilities include processing hour and tip information for payroll and closing register Education Ramapo College, Arlington, Virginia Computer Skills Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Internet

7 Functional PROs: Demonstrates and highlights your abilities Easily answers the question “What can you DO?” Can disguise inexperience and spotty work histories. CONS: May raise warning flags (“what’s he/she trying to hide?”) Does little to demonstrate experience A good alternative to Chronological

8 Functional Your Name Contact Information Objective Education This format is often used by recent grads. Skills Certifications Work History List jobs with dates far to the RIGHT

9 John Doe 123 Example Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota EDUCATION Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN  Bachelor of Arts. History (Major). GPA: 3.0. SKILLS Computers:  Windows Operating System  Adobe Photoshop  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Leadership:  Founded and co-managed Metro State Thespian Society Culinary:  Sharp knives, stovetop cooking  Baking cookies, cakes, pies. WORK EXPERIENCE Target, St. Paul, MN Sales Associate Center for Community Based Learning, Saint Paul, MN Homework Help Center Tutor

10 Targeted PROs: Targets a specific job Demonstrates intense interest in job Puts you at a distinct advantage Ideal sales pitch CONS: Will often have to make MANY resumes May not be considered for other jobs at same company When you know just what you want…

11 Targeted Your Name Contact Information Objective Summary of Qualifications Work History List jobs with dates far to the RIGHT Certifications Education

12 Jane Doe 123 Fraud Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota, SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS Experienced manager with expertise in human relations and project management Extensive background in staff recruitment and retention Staff training and development Superb written and oral communication skills Organizational and Strategic Planning Management Coaching PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Society of Human Resources Management Portland Human Resources Management Association PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE CLINICAL DIRECTOR Riverbend Inc., Senior Management of a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredited treatment facility. Responsible for recruiting, orienting, training and supervising 50 staff, was able to reduce staff turn over from 68% to 14% by Oversight of all aspects of staff performance; performance evaluation, progressive discipline, mediation of staff disputes and grievance procedures in accordance with state and federal laws. PROGRAM DIRECTOR R. Dykeman Center, Administrative, clinical, fiscal and human resources management of a large outpatient mental health center; 60 full time employees and 45 contract employees housed in various locations. Responsible for the recruitment and supervision and performance evaluation of clinical, administrative and medical staff. PROGRAM DIRECTOR Family Reconciliation Services, Provided program management of the largest FRS contract in Washington State. FRS was responsible for providing in-home crises counseling to families on a 24/7 basis. EDUCATION University of Heidelberg, Germany, Psy.D in Clinical Psychology University of California at Berkeley, BA in Philosophy and German

13 DOs and DON’Ts DO: list at least three jobs you’ve held. DO: list your highest degree of education above others. DO: list your most impressive qualifications towards the top of the page DO: list any military experience. Include rank, branch and dates of service. DON’T: list the following your previous salaries reasons for leaving earlier jobs any information not relevant to your ability to perform a job. Age Gender Interests DON’T: list any affiliations with political, religious or potentially controversial organizations.

14 General Guidelines Keep to one page – two pages maximum. PUT THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE TOP. Set the margins to between half an inch to one inch. Keep the font size between 10 and 12 bigger will waste space smaller will be too hard to read. Use a standard font: Book Antiqua Bookman Old Style Palatino Linotype Century Schoolbook Garamond Arial/ Arial Narrow Times New Roman

15 What Do I Include? Organization Name Location Dates Either years or month with years Job Title If you didn’t have one, make one up About 3 bulleted sentences describing duties.

16 Describing Duties Use ACTION verbs (see handout) to describe your responsibility. Easily Forgettable: General labor. Decent/Good Loaded/unloaded cargo. Excellent Loaded and unloaded heavy cargo with forklift in fast-paced environment.

17 Skills You have more than you think Consider: past trainings personality traits things you do for fun! See handout for suggestions

18 Thank You Time for questions!


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