4 So what is a resume?A resume is your ticket to an interview where you can sell yourself!It’s a 1- or 2-page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience.A resume does it’s job successfully if it doesn’t exclude you from consideration.
5 A successful resume…To prepare a successful resume, you need to know how to review, summarize, and present your experiences and achievements effectively.If your resume is poorly organized or written, you’ll have little chance of getting an interview.
6 How do you do this???Before you write, take time to do a self assessment on paper.Outline your skills and abilities as well as your work experience and extracurricular activities.This will make it easier to prepare a thorough resume.
7 ACTIVITYComplete the “Personal Fact Sheet” in order to outline aspects of your resume!
8 What needs to be on a resume? All of your contact information should go at the top of your resume:NameAddressTelephoneaddressWeb site
9 Things to remember! Avoid nicknames. Use a permanent address (for example, your parents’ address, a friends’ address, or the address you plan to use after graduation).Use a permanent telephone number and don’t forget the area code.Use an address that sounds professional.Include a web site address only if the content reflects your professional ambitions.
10 When including your work experience… Use action words and phrases.For example, instead of saying “I was a supervisor for the customer service department”, say “Supervised the customer service department”.
11 If you include a job objective… State what type of position you want and how you can benefit the employer in that position.For example: “Career objective: To use my technical talents and abilities while providing superiod customer service”.
12 Don’t forget the cover letter! When you apply for a position, include a cover letter stating why your qualifications fit the particular position and why you want to work with the company.A good resume and cover letter should lead to an interview!
13 Additional tips for preparing your resume… Keep your resume to one page, if possible. Unless you have considerable experience, you don’t need two pages.Print your resume an cover letter on good quality paper.Be honest about your skills and work experience.
14 Textbook ReadingRead about resumes in your “Skills For Living” textbook.
15 Use your investigative skills to learn more about resumes! Check out the sample resumes online.
16 ASSIGNMENT You will be making your own cover letter and resume. You will be able to look at examples both in the classroom and on the internet.There is room for creativity as long is it is also professional!Questions???