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1 Writing a Winning Resume The University of Minnesota’s Broadband Access Project © 2010 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All Rights Reserved. Public Computer Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption - Broadband Access Project (BAP) The Broadband Access Project (BAP) is a $3.6M initiative of the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, funded in part by a $2.86M grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce (Award #27-42-B10003), and $740,000 of in-kind support from the University of Minnesota and community partners.

2 By the End of this Lesson Why a resume is important. The differences between chronological, functional, and combination resumes. What is included on a resume. How to write a resume that produces results! You Will Know:

3 Why do I need a resume? Introduces you to employers Demonstrates how your skills and qualifications suit you for a specific position Gets you an interview!

4 Types of Resumes ChronologicalFunctionalCombination

5 Chronological Resume Starts with your most recent job and works backwards. Best for people with a clear career path and a strong work history. Preferred by employers.

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7 Functional Resume Highlights skills and abilities placing little emphasis on where you have worked and when. Good for people with limited work experience.

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9 Combination Resume Showcases your skills and experiences first and lists your detailed work history second. Allows you to customize your experiences while still providing the chronological format that employers prefer.

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11 Process BrainstormWriteReview

12 Starting Out Resumes should be specific to the industry or position you are applying, so grab a job description! Start out by making a list of all items that could be important to your resume.

13 Ideas: Job Descriptions Performance Reviews Education/ Certificates Volunteer Experiences Awards

14 Parts of a Resume Contact Information Objective Work Experience Education Activities Special Skills ReferencesProjects

15 Decide what to include: What skills do I want to use in my next job? What do I do best? What work experiences have I liked? If I am looking at a specific job description, what skills and experiences are identified? What is important about my education? Are there unique experiences or talents I want to share?

16 Contact Information Full Name Current Address Professional Email Address Working Phone Number that has a professional voice mail


18 Objective, Profile, or Qualifications Summary State your skills, values and interests to gain the attention of the reader. Show how your experiences relate to requirements in the job description. Written in sentences or bullet points and is 3 -4 sentences.

19 Examples:

20 Work History Presented in chronological order, starting with your current or most recent job. Unless you are using a functional resume format, you should list a set of skills, duties, and achievements alongside each position. Make sure to keep the format consistent. Every listing in your work history should look the same!

21 Getting Ideas: To get ideas, try using the job descriptions on I-Seek. Click here to see a quick tutorial on determining what skills to put for a customer service job: xe

22 Examples:

23 Education List all education and course work relevant to the position. Keep the formatting the same throughout your list. If you have graduated more than 20 years ago, you may want to leave off the graduation date. Example: Lifetrack Resources, Saint Paul, MN 2010 Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

24 Extras Decide what other accomplishments to include and add sections accordingly. If you are volunteering or serving on a committee of a smaller organization, make sure to include some background information for the reader. Additional sections can include Volunteer Work, Computer Skills, Languages Spoken, and Awards Received.

25 Reminders: Resumes should be written specifically for a job or position. Have at least two separate people check over your resumes. Spelling or grammar errors can get your resume tossed! If your resume is not producing positive results, change it!

26 Additional Resources What Resume Type is Best for You? tml tml Words to get Hired By _Press/Words_Hired_By/ _Press/Words_Hired_By/ Ten Ways to get your resume tossed! Letters-and-Resumes-10-Ways-to-Get-Your- R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9-Tossed/

27 Additional Resources (continued) Ten Tips for Successful Resume Writing resources/careers-resumes/11115-1.html resources/careers-resumes/11115-1.html How to Fix a Spotty Employment History articles/how-to-fix-a-spotty-employment-history/ articles/how-to-fix-a-spotty-employment-history/ Resume Writing for people with a background cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/resume- dilemma-criminal-record/article.aspx cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/resume- dilemma-criminal-record/article.aspx

28 Additional Resources (continued) How to Upload Your Resume Online ow_to_upload_your_resume_online.html ow_to_upload_your_resume_online.html Free Resume Writing Classes

29 Works Cited Bales, Patty. “Resume Tutor.” The University of Minnesota. No creation date. August 31 st, 2010. sume/ sume/ “Job Search.” GCF Learn Free. 2008-2010. August 31 st,2010.

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