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1 Building a Resume An Exercise in Positive Self-Evaluation (aka An Excellent Opportunity to Brag)

2 Purpose of a Resume Getting what you want in a job or career Painting a great picture of your personality Putting your best foot forward Highlighting your talents Demonstrating your responsible side Convincing others you are worth their $.

3 Current contact information Objective Education Experience References Skills Major Sections Continue to next section

4 Current Contact Information full, legal name local address –street and #, city, state, zip phone number address –recent addition website –not required. Back to “Major Sections” slide

5 Objectives specific to position you are applying for three or fewer related low and high level –what you’ll take –what you’d like adjust depending on job/employer. Back to “Major Sections” slide

6 Education relevant school name school address contact person –if possible area of study relevant classes timeline. Back to “Major Sections” slide

7 Experience preferably paid work relevant most recent first title and duties contact information supervisor name timeline salary/wages. Back to “Major Sections” slide

8 References adults –not related –known for 2 years or more positive relationships contact information –include phone # counselors, teachers, coaches, religious leaders, friends of family. Back to “Major Sections” slide

9 Skills character traits physical traits trained skills –word processing –coaching –web page development –drawing –dancing –auto repair –customer service. Back to “Major Sections” slide

10 Modesty: Can it be a bad thing? Having trouble boasting about yourself? Be creative, but stay honest Brainstorm about the following: –how do others describe you? –what do you like to do? –what are you good at? –what skills does it take to do? –how can those skills be translated onto a resume? Stay away from negativity and sarcasm.

11 Jacob: Jacob must have everything in his room in its exact location…he goes nuts if someone moves his things around… Could be described as – fussy, obsessive translated on resume as: translated on resume as:

12 Jo Anne: Jo Anne knows everyone, talks to everyone, is best friends with everyone… Could be described as – fickle, fake, social climber translated on resume as: translated on resume as:

13 Cory: Cory can talk himself out of a bad situation and can talk anyone into giving him what he wants… Could be described as – manipulative, sneaky translated on resume as: translated on resume as:

14 Richard: Richard plays video games every chance he gets, always get the highest score, gets so involved he ignores others… Could be described as – immature, slacker translated on resume as: translated on resume as:

15 Mary: Mary can talk on the phone, paint her fingernails, and do homework all at the same time… Could be described as – unfocused, off task translated on resume as: translated on resume as:

16 Elisha: Elisha is always in charge, gives constant advice, knows the best way to do anything… Could be described as – bossy, nosy, picky translated on resume as: translated on resume as:

17 Alternate Sections for Students Academic awards Athletic awards Community Service Volunteering Unpaid work Clubs School Events Honor Roll GPA (A or B) Sports

18 Resume Assignment Use Inspiration to gather and organize your resume information (Main idea: Resume) –contact information; education; experience; references; skills Use Word’s Resume Wizard to create your resume –use the information from your Inspiration web Export your Inspiration diagram to PowerPoint and build a multimedia resume –use consistent design, professional style and layout, subtle animations, sounds and transitions –print as “handouts, 6 to a page” (see instructor for directions)

19 Online Resources 15-minute Resume.com, November 5, monster Resume Center, November 5, Gary Wills’ WorkSearch, November 5, Resumania, November 15,


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