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Preparing your Resume

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Mary Lastra

on 14 March 2016

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Transcript of Preparing your Resume

Brainstorm the Pieces
Identifying Information
Honors & Awards
What type is right for you?
A functional resume is organized by skills and qualifications. This is the right type of resume for you if you answer yes to most of the following questions:
Are you changing careers?
Have you had gaps in your employment history?
Does a chronological resume do a poor job of highlighting your most significant skills and qualifications?
A chronological resume is organized by date with your most recent experience first. This is the right type of resume for you if answer yes to most of the following questions:
Does your employment or educational background demonstrate a progression of increasing skill or responsibility within your chosen field?
Would you like to highlight your most recent accomplishments?
Are you looking for a job consistent with your education and employment history?
Preparing your Resume
Think of your resume as "an artfully shaped explanation of your life."
Some ideas about formatting
Identify your Skills
Think of the qualities you have that match those needed for the job you'd like to have.
Review your education and experience.
Think about all areas of your life.
Brainstorm skills you possess.
Document your Accomplishments
Think of accomplishments as evidence of your skills.
What problems have you solved?
How did you solve them?
What were the results?
Use strong verbs to describe your skills and accomplishments.
Don't be repetitive.
Choose those statements that best fit the job you'd like.
Write Strong Action Statements
Look at sample resumes.
Select a format that appeals to you.
Be daring; experiment with the layout.
Five Student Resume No No's
by JobBound
Purdue OWL Job Search Writing
UC Santa Cruz Career Center
Bing or Google image search: sample resumes
Internet, YouTube, eBook search: resumes

Gavilan College Writing Center presents:
The Writing Center will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this event. If you require an accommodation, contact us at (408)848-4811. Please include the requested accommodation along with your contact information.
Gavilan Writing Center LI168
(in the Learning Commons)
PHONE: (408)848-4811
WEBSITE: gavilan.edu/writing
Mon-Thu 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Online Resources
Brainstorm the Pieces
Online Resources

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