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A personal summary of one’s background experience, and accomplishments A resume is a marketing tool in which you are the product and the employer is the buyer On average, the employer will look at a resume for only 20 seconds, so make those 20 seconds count! What is a resume?
ONE page only Print on high quality paper (watermarked) Make it attractive Proofread it for grammar, puncuation and speling errors Have someone else check for errrors Tips for a Great Resume
Functional – focuses on skills, experience, and accomplishments. A functional resume works best for young people with little work experience, just entering the job market. Chronological –list your most recent job duties and employment dates first. A chronological resume works best for those with experience and a steady job history. Resume Types
Heading Name Address Phone number – the phone number should be the one that has voice mail or an answering machine with a professional recorded message to take messages Email address (this should be an email address that is professional) Parts of a resume
Education Your most recent educational experience should be listed first – “currently attending” Date of graduation – if you have yet to graduate, have a statement that says “expected graduation date XXXX” Special workshops, seminars, coursework, or senior projects (include these items only if they strengthen the resume by relating to the job being applied for) A GPA higher than 3.0 should be noted Parts of a resume
Skills Identify skills that would strengthen you as a candidate for the job Skills should include things such as knowledge of software, foreign languages, leadership, teamwork, etc. Parts of a resume
Work Experience – required Describe your work responsibilities with an emphasis on achievements using action words to communication your skills Identify the position held Name and location of the organization Dates of employment List the most important and related responsibilities first Include part-time, seasonal jobs, internships, etc Parts of a resume
Honors, Awards, Activities, Volunteer Work – optional If the activities involved work responsibility, note it in some detail. If you were elected to offices or committees, mention it (shows leadership) Include dates Parts of a resume
References – required References should be available as an attachment, but NOT listed on the actual resume A section titled “References” with the phrase “references available upon request” should be written on the bottom of the resume A person should have 3 -5 references DO NOT use family and friends as references Parts of a resume
References continued Information to include with references is the name of the person, their job title, address, phone number, email address ALWAYS ask reference’s permission before submitting a name to a potential employer. They will be more likely to give you a positive reference if they are expecting it. Parts of a resume
Weight Height Social Security Number Birth Date Marital Status Photographs Salary histories Reasons for leaving past jobs Hobbies, activities, and memberships not related to the job being applied for Information to NOT include in a resume
8 ½ X 11 cotton bond paper Minimum margins of 3/4” One to 2 pages in length (1 is recommended) Neat and easy to read Have heading, education, experience, and references Free of staples and folds How a resume should look
BE HONEST – do not stretch the truth Never list exact dates, just month and year Never list the date your resume was created Do not use “I statements” such as: I can type 60 words per minute instead, use action words and statements such as: skilled in typing 60 wpm Use acronyms only after defining them General tips for resumes
Common action words to use in your resume Accommodated, achieved, applied, assisted, budgeted, chaired, combined, compared, cooperatively, created, decided, delivered, developed, earned, experienced, explored, educated, established Validated, taught, supervised, skilled, selected, solved, responded, received, managed, guided, formed, implemented, improved, ordered, provided, persuaded, presented, supplied, etc.