A resume is a summary of “you.” It describes your education, experience, and job objective. It is an important advertising tool, an organized document makes it easy for the reader to see who you are at a glance. Employers expect all job applicants to have a resume. From the employer’s perspective, the resume is a screening device. They may look at it quickly, so it must be effective to get results
Resumes should attract the interest of the employer. Make your first impressions count; it will decide whether you move on to the next stage of the employment process. While the well-written, organized resume may open the door to a job interview, your personal contact with the employer determines whether you will be hired.
The following elements must be included:
1. Heading: Name, address, phone/message phone, e-mail
2. Objective: Make your objective specific enough to tell the employer what kind of job you are seeking, but general enough to cover a range of possible positions within the company.
3. Skills: List your work-related skills; these may include those you learned from occupational experiences, and settings. List computers and software you have used. Mention personal skills. Demonstrate your qualities by providing strong examples (e.g. I have not been tardy in the past three years).
4. Education: Current school first. List the name of each school, city, state, dates attended, certificates, diplomas, degrees obtained, honors earned and the year they were received.
5. Experience: Include paid and unpaid experience. Begin with your most recent and list these experiences in reverse chronological order. Include job title, name of company, city, state, telephone number, two or three major responsibilities and dates of employment.
6. Provide examples of at least two of the following: ACHIEVEMENTS or AWARDS, ACTIVITIES, STRENGTHS or ABILITIES, HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR QUALIFICATIONS. SPECIAL INTERESTS
Formatting Your Resume
Omit personal information (e.g. health conditions, religious affiliations or hobbies which are not job-related).
· Avoid long paragraphs.
· The resume should be one page long.
· Do not list references on resume.
Provided is a resume worksheet. It will help you focus and organize the information for your final document. As you begin the process of documenting what you have accomplished in your life, other talents may come to mind which will fit into your resume. Included are resume examples and a critique list.
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CLICK HERE for the Resume Worksheet
CLICK HERE for the Resume Critique List
CLICK HERE for a Sample Resume with NO JOB EXPERIENCE
CLICK HERE for a Sample Resume with JOB EXPERIENCE