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Resume Basics Learning to create, format, and build your own resume.
What is a resume? “A personal advertisement that shows off your job skills and their value to a future employer” 1 1. Parker, Yana. (2002) The Damn Good Resume Guide. California: Ten Speed Press. Purpose: To help you get a job interview Two types of resumes: Chronological – by date Functional – by skill …but the resume alone is not enough
Tips, Tips, Tips! No more than one to two pages length EDIT, EDIT, EDIT: Proofread like it’s your job! Appearance: typed and printed on clean paper Use short sentences Stress your accomplishments Highlight Results Emphasize Skills Don’t be humble… But don’t lie or exaggerate either!
Resume Structure Personal Information Job Objective Relevant Skills and Experience Work History Education and Training
Personal Info Full Name Phone (with voicemail) Address * Email * What to include: What NOT to include: Gender Age Photo Race/Ethnicity
Skills & Accomplishments Feature skills that are key to your target job success Be able to back up each skill with example of when you used it Recognize accomplishments - the PAR approach …and don’t be afraid to brag a little! Use language of embellishment – action words
Tips, Tips, Tips! Include work and education that is relevant Rearrange accordingly! Omit earlier jobs and education (eg. high school) if worried about age discrimination Include self-employment! Currently unemployed? Include volunteering, training, or parenting Gaps in your work history or odd jobs – try a functional resume instead of chronological
Design Consistency Clean Proofread DO use dark blue or black ink, good quality paper DO use a clear font in a readable size DON’T mix typefaces DO allow for some white space DO use bold type and bullets for emphasis DON’T use multiple colors