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Resumes

The 411 on writing resumes
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on 22 March 2011

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Transcript of Resumes

What is a Resume? A resume is a one page summary of your skills, education, and experience.

The resume acts much like an advertisement for a company trying to sell something. The resume is your advertisement.

A resume is one of the most important pieces of writing you will ever create. How long do employers typically look at a resume? A. Less than 30 seconds
B. 3 Minutes
C. 1 Minute “A” is correct.
Employers often receive hundreds of resumes for a single position. They do not have time to pour over every word on each one. This increases the importance of the smallest details. What should be included in a resume? 1. Heading
2. Objective
3. Education
4. Experience
5. Activities
6. Summary of Skills
7. References The heading should include the essential personal information.
Your formal name (not your nickname) should appear at the top and it should stand out above all else on the paper.
Also include your address and phone number. If you use email, include your email address. Objective - (Also called “Career Objective”)
Employers often say this is the most important part of a resume.
It is generally a one sentence explanation of the type of job you are seeking.
Your objective should be specific. Education - As students, this should be your next section of information.

You should specify the dates of attendance or graduation (or expected graduation).
If your education is particularly relevant to a job, you may want to include a section titled “Relevant Courses.” In this category, you can list classes that might contribute to your employability. Experience - (Also called “Work Experience” or “Employment Experience”)
Include previous employers, their locations, your dates of employment, and your job title. You may have to create a job title if you did not have one.

Include at least two one-line descriptions of what your job duties and responsibilities were. You can not assume that the job title explains what you did to all readers.

Use action verbs to start each of these descriptions.

Do not use “I” in descriptions. Activities
Employers like to see people who have been involved in school or community activities.
List special activities you participated in and organizations you joined (drama club, baseball team, etc.). Include the years in which you participated. Summary of Skills
Some people use this section to include special skills or talents that are not included elsewhere on the resume, but would be important to the employer.

An example could be:
Type 60 words per minute References
You should have 2 - 3 people who have observed your work habits (employers, teachers, coaches, etc.) and 2 - 3 people who can speak about your character.

Make sure you have asked their permission to include them as references.

Only ask people who will speak well of you.

Create a separate list of references including their names, addresses, employers, job titles, and phone numbers. It is best to list work numbers since some people don’t appreciate calls at home. How do I set up a resume? Your resume should be divided into distinct sections.

The words "heading", "objective", "education", "experiences", "activities", "summary of skills", and "references" are typical section headings.

Do not label the heading section. Headings should stand out as boldfaced, larger text.

Employers tend to have certain headings that interest them most. Make it easy for them to find them. So, Are you ready to write
your own resume?
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