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February 13, 2015 Entry task: What is a resume? Why is it important to know how to build a professional resume? Target: Explain what a professional resume.

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1 February 13, 2015 Entry task: What is a resume? Why is it important to know how to build a professional resume? Target: Explain what a professional resume is and identify characteristics which make up a professional resume.

2 What does a resume look like? What information is included? On the sheet of paper provided, create your resume! If you do not know what that may look like or include, that’s ok, give it your best shot!

3 Happy Friday! :) Please fill in your guided notes as we go! Vocabulary/Terminology are shown in BLUE These are important! Be prepared to practice using these words both orally and in writing!

4 What is a Resume? Resume - A personal summary of one’s background, experiences and accomplishments. Tailored to the specific job you are applying for A resume must interest the employer enough to want to call and learn more. You want your resume to be the best and kept at the top of the pile!

5 Traditional

6 Modern

7 Is it important? The average time a manager takes to scan a resume and determine if the applicant should be granted an interview is… 20 seconds! For this reason, the materials a person uses to market themselves must project a professional image! First Impression

8 General Guidelines Typed Length: Limit to one page Font: Traditional - Times New Roman or Arial Modern – may be more creative, but must be readable Paper: 8.5” x 11”, White, or “Resume Paper” Images: Traditional – None Modern – Limited, appropriate Easy to read and organized!

9 What to Include on a Resume Typically in this order: Heading (aka Contact Info) Objective Educational background Work experience Skills Honors, awards, activities, volunteer work References

10 Do Some Research For each job application and resume you prepare find out the following… General job information Desired job qualifications and skills Key values and company information (catch phrases, mottos) Where can this information be found?

11 Heading/ CONTACT INFORMATION Heading – a title or section at the head, or top, of the page which provides important information NAME – Full Legal Name (first and last) ADDRESS – A permanent address where you can be reached TELEPHONE NUMBER – Include Area Code E-MAIL – Appropriate and Professional FAX NUMBER (if available)


13 OBJECTIVE Objective – A statement describing your career GOALS and the type of job you would like to be considered for. This may need to be changed for different types of jobs. Should contain three characteristics: the job type, the industry and qualities desired

14 WRITING OBJECTIVES Think about your career goals What type of employment or experience are you seeking? Three characteristics: 1. Job type – Position (level, specific title) 2. Industry – Career cluster 3. Qualities desired – geographic location, company characteristics, or qualities you have No “I” Statements

15 OBJECTIVE - examples Three characteristics: Job type, industry, desired qualities Objective: Seeking entry level retail position in the Seattle area.

16 EDUCATION Education - Schooling or specified training which one has experienced Present EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES with most recent first List the last, or current, school attended first and then go backwards. Include NAME and LOCATION of Schools.

17 Education, cont. List CURRICULUM studied (College or University). Include DATES of attendance (2000-2003 or 2012-Present). List DIPLOMA or DEGREE earned (High School Diploma or Bachelor of Arts in Education). List Relevant COURSES. Include Grade Point Average (only if 3.0 or higher).

18 EDUCATION - examples

19 WORK EXPERIENCE Work Experience – all paid work, or unpaid work (volunteer) which relates to your objective and shows responsibility. List most recent FIRST, reverse chronological order Include: DATES (month and year) of employment NAMES and LOCATIONS of the companies or organizations JOB TITLE

20 Work Experience, cont. Include at least 2 responsibilities or skills gained under each experience. Write skills/responsibilities in past tense – Action Words Example: AMERICAN EAGLE Los Angeles, California Sales Associate June 2013 – July 2014 Assisted customers in locating items and correct sizes Collaborated with merchandiser to create appealing displays Responsibilities included checking customers out, utilizing cash register and answering phones

21 Action Words Action Words – Power words used to emphasize responsibilities related to work experiences. They bring life to tasks performed and communicate those skills to potential employers. Examples: participated, generated, implemented, organized and utilized.

22 WORK EXPERIENCE - example

23 SKILLS Skills – strengths, abilities or qualities one holds which are useful or desired in a workplace These must be related specifically to the desired job. May include statements that describe how you used and developed that skill in the past. Example: Proficient with all Microsoft programs. Used daily as an Office Assistant with ABC Law Firm

24 SKILLS, cont. Can include knowledge of software, foreign languages, leadership, teamwork. Computer programs Microsoft Office, PowerPoint Presentations, Photo Shop, etc. Equipment Cash Register, Copy Machines, etc. Personal work ethics Dependable, Punctual, Honest, Creative, Organized, etc.

25 Skills - examples

26 Awards, Honors, & Volunteer Work List any type of HONORS, ACHIEVEMENTS, or AWARDS in School - Community – Athletics : School Newspapers, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Eagle Scout, City/County Youth Council, placement in competition, etc. Any LEADERSHIP ROLES should be mentioned - these skills can be very valuable to employers. High School Varsity Basketball Captain 2012 Any VOLUNTEER work not listed under work experience– still shows responsibility!

27 Awards, Honors, & Volunteer Work, cont. May also include CERTIFICATIONS Example: First Aid/CPR Certified, Pierce County Food Handlers Permit Same rules apply: List most recent FIRST, and go backwards in time Include date No abbreviations, unless common knowledge Make sure title of section matches what is listed

28 Awards, Honors, & Volunteer Work - examples

29 REFERENCES Reference – Individuals who can attest to your skills, qualifications and abilities Professional Reference - has supervised you in professional setting Personal Reference – can give honest opinion of character CANNOT be family member or spouse! Why? Must know you for at least one year, adult Ask people who know your strengths to be references: – Former Employer, Teacher, Religious Leader, Close Friend/Neighbor, Coach, Club Leader

30 References, cont. Always ask permission first! Include: Name (First and Last) Position (Business Title) Phone Number Email Address May use same references from job application Include 3 to 5 references May state “References available upon request”

31 What NOT to include? Think- To yourself, think about what SHOULD NOT be included in a resume Pair- With the person next to you, discuss what you thought about Share- With a raise of hands share with the whole class what you came up with

32 WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE ON A RESUME Weight/Height Social Security Number Birth date “I” Statements Salary histories Reasons for leaving past jobs Hobbies, activities, and memberships that do not relate to the sought position. Complete dates (only Month and Year)


34 Exit Task On your entry task sheet: 1. explain today’s target in your own words AND 2. Write once sentence explaining why the target is important to learn and reach!

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