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1 Resume Basics Learning to create, format, and build your own resume.

2 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

3 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!

4 Resume Structure Personal Information Job Objective Relevant Skills and Experience Work History Education and Training

5 Personal Info Full Name Phone (with voic ) Address * * What to include: What NOT to include: Gender Age Photo Race/Ethnicity

6 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

7 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

8 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


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