Presentation on theme: " A resume is a personal summary of your professional history and qualifications. It includes information about your career goals, education, work experience,"— Presentation transcript:
A resume is a personal summary of your professional history and qualifications. It includes information about your career goals, education, work experience, activities, honors, and any special skills you might have.
Length: ◦ It is best to limit an entry-level resume to one typed page. ◦ Be as concise as possible in stating information in each section of your resume. Font: ◦ Avoid fonts smaller than 10 point and larger than 12 point Paper: ◦ Use 8½ x 11” paper. Print your resume with a high quality printer. Avoid flashy paper!
Full name Local address Phone number Professional/School address WATCH this one!!!! Your name can be a larger font size than the rest of your information so that it stands out from the rest!
In one short sentence explain the type of work you are looking for… “To obtain a secondary level teaching position in the area of Family and Consumer Science” “To obtain a teaching position that integrates my educational background with a challenging environment that allows me to develop and utilize my skills for my future in education” “To obtain a Family and Consumer Science teaching position at the secondary level; eager to coach or sponsor extracurricular activities”
Start with your most recent education…FHS SchoolLocation Expected Graduation Date GPA Weighted GPA You do NOT have to put your GPA on your resume…however, if you don’t your employers might think it’s lower than it really is. DO NOT ROUND YOUR GPA…A 3.66 is a 3.66 NOT a 3.67 List your school’s GPA Scale 3.66/4.00 At this point it is okay to list your junior high IF there is supporting evidence that you excelled there!
List courses that… ◦ Helped you stand out from the crowd ◦ Have provided you w/specific skills or knowledge Consider putting this information under the Education heading EX ◦ Spanish (3 years) ◦ Computer Science ◦ Business Law ◦ Business Writing ◦ Child Development ◦ Preschool Lab
Choose only those that would add value to your resume ◦ Dean’s list (Honor Roll) ◦ Perfect Attendance ◦ Student of the Month ◦ Viking Pride ◦ Any volunteer awards you have received
Start with the most recent job experience and work your way backwards List the name of the company, dates worked, and a few specifics about your job If you are a frequent job quitter…don’t list ending dates! If you baby-sit on a consistent basis for the same family feel free to list them.
Describe tasks and responsibilities using descriptive phrases Start each phrase with an action verb Avoid pronouns (I, the, a, an) Resumes are written in fragments, not complete sentences
If you have NEVER worked a day in your life that’s fine…but don’t leave this portion blank! It’s okay not to include it! What if I volunteer? (VIKES anyone???) Volunteer work can be included in its own section!
List all clubs, athletics, etc. If you held a leadership role in these organizations make sure you list it as well!
Include all skills that make you unique ◦ Computer skills ◦ Language abilities ◦ Military skills DO NOT EXAGGERATE!!! BE SPECIFIC!!!
In general, do not include the names and addresses of your references on your resume It is enough to state that references are available upon request Choose professional references rather than character references
Dr. Nina Collins Bradley Hall, 203 Bradley University Peoria, IL 61606 (360)852-3634 Dr. Collins was my academic advisor in FCS and my evaluating teacher. Include the names, addresses, and phone number of your references Always ask permission before you include any information on your reference sheet Consider giving your references a copy of your resume so they will be prepared to talk to employers
Organize your resume to highlight your unique skills and strengths Use whatever combination of organizational styles you think best highlight your individual qualifications The most common resume styles are: Reverse chronological Functional Skills Imaginative DO NOT USE A FORMAT already designed
Keep it Simply Stated 1 page (until you are older and have more to include) No paragraphs Simple sentences Specific...give examples Be positive and energetic Be honest; don’t exaggerate!!!