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Title: How%20to%20Create%20a%20Resume

How to Create a Resume
Before Getting Started
  • Ask yourself the following questions

  • It is a summary of your past job and school
    experience, skills, abilities, qualifications,
    and personal characteristics
  • Even if you dont have an extensive work history,
    you have the potential to become a valued
  • A positive attitude, a desire to work hard and do
    your best, and the ability to communicate
    effectively with others -will help you become a
    valued employee.

Suppose You Had To Go To Work Now!
  • What skills do you have?
  • What skills will you have when you leave high
  • What classes are offered in high school which
    will really help you in your future goals and/or

Are You Going to College?
  • What happens if you need part-time work to
    support yourself or to supplement your parents
  • What classes are offered in high school which may
    help you in your future goals and/or work?

Suggestions for an Effective Resume
  • There is no universal resume format. There are
    only guidelines you should follow.
  • The reader will be looking for reasons to
    eliminate as many resumes as possible.
  • Resumes with gaps of unaccountable time often
    reach the circular file.
  • Always send a cover letter on matching paper.

  • Select strong action verbs, concrete nouns and
    positive modifiers for emphasis.
  • Use concise phrases and clauses rather than
    complete sentences.
  • What can you include on your resume to make
    yourself stand out.
  • Remember your resume is only a door opener. YOU

Requirement for a Resume
  • Submit your resume on a paper the reader will
    rememberpaper that looks and feels valuable.

Your Reader will ask Three Questions
  • What do you want?
  • Thats the Objective
  • Keep it specific, simple
  • If your objective is too vague, theyll scrap it
  • Change your objective based on the job you are
    applying for

Objective Examples
  • To graduate from high school and continue my
    education at the University of Alabama majoring
    in Law.
  • Seek position as .. Using my training,
    experience, my communication skills, and my
    organizational proficiency.
  • Seek position as assistant drama coach for summer
    theatre company.
  • Desire position as , using my back-ground
    in .

  • Are you qualified for the job?
  • Experience section or you can make a section
    called Qualifications.
  • Ask yourself why they should hire me?
  • Convince your audience that the rest of the
    resume is worth reading.
  • Describe your job responsibilities that will help
    sell you and show your value.
  • Show your worth

  • What kind of person are you?
  • You may include the following sections depending
    on how it fits you.
  • Achievements
  • Awards
  • Honors
  • Related strengths
  • Interests/hobbies

  • If included as a section on the resume simply say
    References provided upon request
  • Use the same paper as resume
  • Must know where they work and what they do,
    address, and phone number
  • Change references based on each different job,
    companys need, and job qualifications.

Good References
  • School administrators
  • Teachers
  • Pastors
  • Present or former employers
  • Employees of the company you know
  • Friends of influence

Selling Yourself with Words
  • Choose words that describe your personality,
    values, and character traits.
  • These words tell a potential employer about your
    attitude, energy level, sense of purpose, people
    skills, and work ethics.

Self-Descriptive Words
Active Compassionate Disciplined Generous Kind
Adaptable Constructive Efficient Go-getter Leader
Aggressive Courteous Energetic Good listener Loyal
Ambitious Creative Enthusiastic Hard worker Organizer
Attentive Dependable Fair Honest Positive
Caring Determined Flexible Honorable Reliable
Action Words that can describe your work
Accept Create Guide Organize Require
Acquire Decide Handle Plan Review
Assist Demonstrate Identify Prepare Schedule
Consider Develop Maintain Promote Supply
Contribute Encourage Make Purchase Strengthen
Coordinate Furnish Meet Receive Teach
Resume Reminders
  • Use few abbreviations or no abbreviations are
  • Dont just say won an award-tell which award,
    and what you won it for.
  • Proofread carefully. Make sure that your
    grammar, spelling, and punctuation are completely
    accurate. Ask someone else to proofread your
  • Quality appearance.
  • Quality paper in white, gray, ivory
  • Make extra resume copies.
  • Update your resume periodically.