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Resume Writing 101

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Transcript of Resume Writing 101

Education:
List the parts of a resume

Identify a quality, interview-worthy resume

Use acquired knowledge to begin a personal resume
Professional Experience
PLATFORMS
Social
SOCIAL
SEO
CMS
Resume Writing 101
Learning Targets
What to Write
Objective Statement
Header
What is a resume?
Paper or electronic version of you
Employer's first impression
First step toward getting a job
Not an autobiography or novel
How long does it take to impress or not impress a potential employer
from the moment you
hand over your
resume?
15 SECONDS!
Make the resume fit the job you are applying for
Use bullet points, bolding, and consistent spacing to help with formatting
Check for spelling and grammar errors
Use strong action words
DO...
DO NOT...
Lie
Use abbreviations and acronyms
Exceed two pages
Use binders, covers, or fancy fonts
I'm still a little hazy on what I should write...
What does
a resume
look like?
James Rogers
777 Overhill Way
Topsham, Maine 04086
(207) 777-1111
james@samplecoverletter.com
Name
Address
Phone
Email
Things to Remember
Use your first AND last legal
name (no nicknames)
Use an area code with your
phone number
Use a professional email
address
Header
Objective Statement
Summary
Education
Professional Experience
Activities
Skills / Certifications
References
PARTS
1-2 sentences
Summarizes your
career goals
WHAT IS IT?
THINGS TO CONSIDER
How can you help this company?
Can you make it specific to the job you're applying for?
Which sounds the best?
Objective: I want to work in a kitchen cooking food. I will be good at this job because I can cook well and I like to eat.
Objective: To work with an org. that will provide me great chances of applying my best skills and cooking through challenging assignments and will help me in advancing my career to higher level
Objective: Ambitious professional ready to embark on an entry level position in a dynamic environment where I can utilize my culinary skills to contribute to the organization's growth
Make sure to...
Include the most important information appropriate to the job
Ex) Emergency room experience, quick thinker, able to multi-task
Use strong and grammatically correct vocabulary and statements
Ex) Intuitive, thrive, integrity
Strong Vocabulary
Collaborative
Propelled
Adjectives
Verbs
Inventive
Flexible
Dedicated
Resilient
Implemented
Enhanced
Analyzed
Pioneered
Weak Vocabulary
Helped
Earned
Created
Used
Team

Player
Organized
"I did"
-List in reverse chronological order (AKA most recent first)
-Include expected completion date for degrees
-Mention honors classes, scholarships, AP classes, PLtW, magnet programs, etc.
What would that look like?
Jefferson High School
2013-present
-GPA: 3.4/4.0
-
AP Computer Science
-
Culinary Magnet Program
-Expected Graduation Date June 2016

Lightning Mountain High School
2012-2013
-GPA: 3.1/4.0
-
Honors Algebra
-
Honors Earth Science

Education:
-Include Grade Point Average (GPA) if 3.0 or higher
List employment in reverse chronological order
Include both the month and year for each job
Give a brief explanation of your job requirements
Highlight skills that may be required in the job you're applying for
What's missing?
Not impressed
What if I've never had a job?
Include volunteer opportunities you've had that may relate or show experience valuable to the job
Highlight courses you've taken that have equipped you with important job skills
Things like this...
Student Council 2013-2015
Not like this...
Call of Duty - Black Ops
Hiking
Cross Country Captain 2014-2016
ACTIVITIES
Skills / Certifications
Watching Netflix


List of 3 people
Name, job title/company, relation to you, phone number, email address
Mike Worthington
Math Professor, Clark College
Former professor
360-323-4444
mworthington@gmail.com
Name
Job Title
Phone Number
Email Address
DO NOT INCLUDE
DO INCLUDE
Family members or close friends
People you have not already asked
Former employers
Family friends
Teachers
Mentors
Religious figures
NOW WHAT?
Resume Workshop
: An opportunity to have your resume reviewed by volunteer hiring managers
Date
: November 17th
You Should:

-Come with FOUR copies of your updated resume
-Practice introducing yourself
-Arrive to class on time
-Dress professionally if possible
WHO WOULD YOU INTERVIEW?
Each group receives a packet of resumes and a job description
Choose who you would interview and why
Decide who isn't a good candidate for the job
YOU SHOULD:
NOT
crazygurl4evs@gmail.com
What are references?
References are people who can talk about your work experience, work habits, character, and skills.
It's a good idea to choose people who can speak or write favorably about you.
What will it look like?
Students
Volunteers
I'll announce a one
minute warning before
it's time to rotate
When you hear the triangle, rotate to the next table
ADVERTISE YOUR
STRENGTHS!!
Key Club 2013-2015
DECA 2013-2016
EXTRA TIPS
If you're filling out a paper application, attach your resume unless it specifically asks you not to.
- NOTE: Make sure you read the application requirements before you submit your resume!
If you're emailing a resume, save it as a PDF before
you attach it to the email.
- Other person can't edit it
- Formatting stays the same
If you're going to Google resumes, look up resumes specific to the type of job you're applying for.
-Ex) landscaping resumes, retail resumes, mechanic resumes, etc.
Vancouver Community Library, Clark College, and WorkSource offer free resume workshops!
WHO WOULD YOU INTERVIEW?
When the event is over, please sign the thank you cards for the volunteers!
Josè
Francesca
Keith
PRO
CON
PRO
CON
PRO
CON
Have multiple people read over your resume to
catch any mistakes and give you feedback
before you hand it out!
Wait...what if I'm just emailing my resume, not meeting the employer?
How long does my resume have to impress?
6 SECONDS!!
Find any mistakes made in the resumes and make
notes on how to fix them
FORMATTING
Use a simple,
easy-to-read font
Length is
2 pages
MAX!
-Try to keep it to 1 page if possible
-You can alter the margins
A LITTLE
Use bullet points to describe job
requirements and activities
Print in black ink on white paper
ALSO INCLUDE THINGS LIKE...
Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certified
Washington State Food Handler Certified
Fluent in Spanish
Hola
d
Relation
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/mar/07/first-impressions-snap-decisions-impulse
http://info.theladders.com/inside-theladders/you-only-get-6-seconds-of-fame-make-it-count
https://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Documents/Reference%20and%20Background%20Checking%20Survey%20Report.pdf
Cold Chillin'

Have them ready, but you don't need
them on your resume.
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