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Title: Resume Writing


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Resume Writing
  • Preparing a winning resume

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The Purpose of a Resume
  • Win an interview
  • Advertise yourself
  • Demonstrate skills writing, organization,
    layout, etc.
  • Help clarify your direction, qualifications, and
    strengths
  • NOT just a list of past experience and education

3
Job Statistics
  • A single job offer attracts between 100 and 1,000
    resumes.
  • Your resume will get between 10 and 20 seconds of
    the recruiters time.
  • Only 1 interview is granted for every 200 resumes
    received by the average employer.

4
Writing a Resume
  • Focus on the needs of the employer.
  • Emphasize how you can meet their needs.
  • Be persuasive sell yourself!

5
Parts of the Resume
  • Heading located at the top
  • Includes your name, address, telephone, fax, and
    e-mail
  • Make your name stand out 16 font
  • Email address should be tasteful

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Parts of the Resume
  • Objective located under the heading
  • States the title of the position you are applying
    for.
  • States the qualities and abilities that will make
    you stand out.
  • Is optional
  • Example A position teaching English as a second
    language where a special ability to motivate and
    communicate effectively with students will be
    needed.

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Parts of the Resume
  • Education locate next if it is noteworthy.
  • Includes
  • Name Central Texas College
  • Location Killeen, Texas
  • Major Field of Study Communication
  • Degree Associate of Science
  • Date of graduation or intended graduation Dec.
    07
  • GPA if above 3.0
  • You may also list specific courses that apply
    directly to the position being sought.

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Parts of the Resume
  • Work Experience place above education if more
    relevant and important.
  • List jobs in backwards order most recent first.
  • For past jobs use past tense descriptions.
  • List three to five previous jobs.

12
Parts of the Resume
  • Work Experience, cont.
  • Include
  • Employers Name Chase Bank
  • City and State Austin, Texas
  • Date you started and ended the job May 2002 to
    June 2006
  • Most important job title Customer Service Rep.
  • Significant duties Responsible for efficient
    management of customer finances.
  • Activities, Accomplishments, Awards

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Parts of the Resume
  • Work Experience, cont.
  • Emphasize management, communication skills,
    interpersonal capabilities, leadership
    opportunities, and teamwork experience.
  • Tips
  • Be concise, not vague
  • Dont say, Worked with customers
  • Use past tense if you are not currently working
    in that job position. Managed two
    problem-solving teams.

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Parts of the Resume
  • Extras
  • Capabilities and Skills emphasize skills or
    talents i.e. computer software, language
    fluencies
  • Awards, Honors, Activities include awards,
    scholarships, honors, fellowships, recognitions,
    commendations, certificates, or group
    memberships.
  • Personal Data use only if directly relevant to
    the job position!
  • References do not put on resume, but have ready
    on another piece of paper.

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Resume Formats
  • Chronological
  • Advantages
  • Lists work history job by job.
  • Quickly reveals education and job history.
  • Disadvantages
  • Not always good for college students.
  • Highlights only experience and education.

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Resume Formats
  • Functional
  • Advantages
  • Focuses on skills rather than past employments
  • Good for students because it can demonstrate
    transferable skills attained through experience
    gain in nontraditional venues i.e. school,
    organization
  • Disadvantages
  • Takes more time to construct.
  • Not always good for a generic resume.

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Resume Formats
  • Combined format
  • Advantages
  • Draws from the best of both formats by listing
    skills and previous job history
  • Great format for recent graduates.
  • Disadvantages
  • Not a Word template format.
  • Takes time to construct.

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Six Ways to Make Your Resume POP!
  • Visually enticing use white space, bolding,
    italics, lines, and bullets.
  • Include all necessary information
  • Be consistent spacing, indents, punctuation,
    and verbiage.
  • Use power words action verbs i.e. strengthened,
    identified, streamlined, managed, researched,
    distributed, etc.
  • Be Truthful
  • Be Flawless

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