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1 Creating a Resume Business Technology Applications Stanley

2 What is a Resume? One page summary of your… ◦Skills ◦Education ◦Experience Is your advertisement for yourself! The key that will open the door

3 How long do employers typically look at a resume? Less than 30 seconds Employers typically receive hundreds of resumes for a single position This increases the importance of the smallest detail

4 What should be included in a resume? Heading ◦Essential personal information ◦Formal name at the top – should stand out above all else ◦Include your address, phone number, and address

5 What should be included in a resume? Objective ◦Employers often say this is the most important part of a resume ◦One sentence explanation of the type of job you are seeking ◦If you are applying for different jobs, change your objective to match each type

6 What should be included in a resume? Education ◦As students, this should be the next section of information ◦Specify the dates of attendance or graduation (or expected graduation) ◦Include education-related honors in this section

7 What should be included in a resume? Experience ◦“Work Experience” or “Employment Experience” ◦Include previous employers, their locations, your dates or employment, and your job title ◦Include at least two one-line descriptions of what your job duties and responsibilities were ◦Use action verbs to start each descriptions  Do not use “I” in descriptions

8 What should be included in a resume? Activities ◦Employers like to see people who have been involved in school or community activities ◦List special activities you participated in (prom committee) and organizations you joined (drama club, baseball team, etc)  Include years in which you participated

9 What should be included in a resume? Summary of Skills ◦Use this section to include special skills or talents that are not included elsewhere on the resume, but would be relevant to the employer  Some possibilities are: ◦ Type 60 word per minute ◦ Fluent in French

10 What should be included in a resume? References ◦Have 2 to 3 people who have observed your work habits (employers, teachers, coaches, etc) ◦And 2 to 3 people who can speak about your character ◦Make sure you have asked their permission to include them as references ◦Only ask people who will speak well of you

11 How do you set up a resume? Your resume should be divided into distinct sections ◦Major Headers: Objective, Education, Employment History/Work Experience, School Activities ◦Minor Headers: (to be used if appropriate) Computer Experience, Associations, Certifications, Community Activities, Honors/Awards, Interests and Hobbies, Projects, Relevant Courses, Volunteer Experience

12 Do’s Do use a standard font such as TNR for text to ensure readability Do use bold or caps to make all section headings stand out Do use action verbs Do list all computer skills and office equipment skills you possess Do have someone proofread your resume Do use quality paper Do limit the length of your resume Do be honest

13 Don’ts Don’t use the word I, me, my or we Don’t overuse highlighting techniques such as bold, italics or too many font sizes Don’t use long complicated sentences Don’t switch verb tenses Don’t include job references as part of the resume itself Don’t give personal statistics or profile (appearance, health, marital status) Don’t include photographs Don’t submit a handwritten resume Don’t use liquid paper. Start over. Don’t leave gaps of employments, unless they can be explained in interview.


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