What is a Resume? A personal summary of one’s background, experiences and accomplishments. Tailored to the job you are applying for. A resume must interest the employer enough to want to call and learn more.
General Guidelines Length: limit to one page (typed) Font: Arial or Times New Roman 10-12 point font Paper: 8.5” x 11” white or gray printing paper
Resume Importance? 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!
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 words (catch phrases, mottos) Where can this information be found?
What to Include on a Resume Heading (aka Contact Info) Objective Educational background Work experience Special skills Honors, awards, activities and volunteer work References
CONTACT INFORMATION/ HEADING NAME – Full Name (first middle and last) ADDRESS – A permanent address where you can be reached TELEPHONE NUMBER – Include Area Code E-MAIL (if available) FAX NUMBER (if available)
CAREER OBJECTIVES Briefly state your 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 Example objective: A retail management position in the Seattle area.
CAREER OBJECTIVES Three characteristics: Job type, industry, desired qualities
EDUCATION Present EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES in reverse chronological order. List the last school attended first and then go backwards. Include NAME and location of SCHOOLS. List CURRICULUM studied (College or University). Include DATES of attendance (2000-2003). List DIPLOMA or DEGREE earned. List the Relevant COURSES. Include the Grade Point Average (only if it is about 3.0 or higher).
WORK EXPERIENCE Include all PAID work. Include VOLUNTEER work that may relate to your objective or shows responsibility. Include responsibilities gained at each experience. Use reverse chronological order Include DATES (month and year) of employment, the NAMES and LOCATIONS of the companies or organizations and job titles.
SKILLS These must be related specifically to the desired job. Should include statements that clearly describe how he/she used and developed that skill in the past. Can include knowledge of software, foreign languages, leadership, teamwork, etc. An example of a special skill: Proficient with all Microsoft programs and Adobe packages.
WORK SKILLS Computer programs MicroSoft Office, PowerPoint Presentations, Photo Shop, etc. Equipment Cash Register, Copying Machines, etc. Personal work ethics Dependability, Punctuality, Honesty, Creativity, Organization etc.
Awards, Honors, & Volunteer Work List any type of HONORS or ACHIEVEMENTS in School - Community – Church: School Newspapers, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Eagle Scout, City/County Youth Council, Volunteer Hospital work, etc. Any leadership roles should be mentioned because these skills can be very valuable to employers. Example: Received 1 st place at the State Music Fest in a performance for 250 people.
REFERENCES “References available upon request.” – Usually included on the JOB APPLICATION. Ask people who know your strengths to be references: – Former Employer, Teacher, Religious Leader, Close Friend/Neighbor (adult, known for 1 year +) Example Ms. Kissel Ask them for permission first! Include NAME, POSITION (Business Title), PHONE NUMBER, E-Mail Address Cannot be family members or spouse. Why?
Think-Pair-Share 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
WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE ON A RESUME Weight Height Social Security Number Birth date Marital status Photographs Salary histories Reasons for leaving past jobs Hobbies, activities, and memberships that do not relate to the sought position.
Remind me of the target Can someone read aloud what today’s target was and give me two qualities of a hirable resume?