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									                      THEME: Career Guidance and Transitions

Lesson: Resume Writing

Learning Outcomes
 Students will understand the components of a resume and prepare a resume of their own.

Essential Questions:
 What is a resume?
 When would you use a resume?
 What information should be included in your resume?

Grade Level
 Grade 10 & 11

Time Required
 6 x 15 minutes


Materials
 Information sheets:
            o What is a Resume?
            o How to Write a Resume
            o Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Resume
            o Sample Resume
 Student sheets:
            o Resume Outline
            o Reference List

Procedure
1. Discuss the essential questions
2. Review the sheet How to Write A Resume with the students. Provide the students with a copy of
    Resume Outline. As you are discussing the information about what needs to go in the resume, the
    students can jot some notes on their paper that will help them when they fill in the sheet with
    their own information.
3. Show students an example of a Sample Resume as provided.
4. Review the Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Resume
5. Students will fill out their Resume Outline using their own information.
6. Student will fill out the Reference List.
7. Upon completion of the Resume Outline and Reference List have students work in pairs to review
    the information they have collected for their resumes.
8.   Students should type their resume on a computer. They can use the Resume Wizard on
     Microsoft Word. This program will format the resume and insert headings and the proper
     spacing.
        Create A Resume on Microsoft Word
        a. On the File menu, click New.
        b. In the New Documents under New for Template, click General Templates
        c. Click on The Other Documents tab.
        d. Double click Resume Wizard

9.   Have students bring their completed resume to class. Have them partner up
     And proof read their resumes. Check for spelling and proper wording.

10. Have students correct any mistakes and bring a good copy of their resume to
    class. Students put the resume in their 3-Way Conferencing Portfolio.

11. Remind students that they will need their resumes in the future so they should
    keep a copy of it so they can make changes as necessary for the future.

Extending:
 Students may use the internet to explore web-sites that provide resume writing strategies.
 Students may bring other sample copies of resumes.
 Students may use various templates on the computer to personalize their resume.
       o www.saskyouth.net
       o www.youth.gc.ca
       o www.sasknetwork.com
       o www.nextsteps.org
       o soyouwanna.com
                           What is a Resume?
A resume is a quick easy to read summary of your educational background, work and
volunteer experience, and skill. It is an advantaged designed to present and sell your
skills and abilities to an employer. The first contact an employer will have with you is
through your resume. Your resume allows the employer to see at a glance how you can
contribute to their workplace.


When Do You Use a Resume?
The primary purpose of a resume is to get an interview for a job. You can use your
resume in the following ways:
    Enclose it with a letter when you apply for a job in writing
    Attach it to an application form that you will fill out during your job search
    Take it to a job interview as you can refer to it in responding to questions (you
      may then leave it with the employer if he or she doesn’t have a copy).

Resumes are useful in other situations too:
   When applying for a scholarship
   When obtaining admission to an educational program
   When obtaining a work visa for a foreign country
   When providing background information for someone who has to introduce you.
                       How To Write A Resume
BACKGROUND PREPARATION
Creating a good resume requires some preparation. Now that you have examined
yourself your interests, as well as your skills and abilities you need to outline the things
you have done.

Employers are looking for different kinds of information. Each kind of information makes
up part of your resume. There are essentially six parts to a resume: personal
information, skills educational history, experience and work, interests and activities, and
references.

Personal Information
All resume formats must contain your personal information. Place this at the top of the
first page and include the following:
       your full name, address (including postal code); and
       a telephone number where you can be reached during the day.
Your date of birth, sex, social insurance number, health, citizenship or marital status is
NOT required as part of your resume.


Skills
A section on skills and abilities are included in all types of resumes particularly in the
functional resume. These should be included under a separate heading.
This section is where you want to highlight your greatest strengths and qualifications.

For example:
   Do you work well with others?
   Are you computer literate?
   Do you have the ability to plan and organize projects?
   Do you have good communication skills?
   Are you bilingual?


Educational History
When listing your formal education include high school and highest grade completed as
well as any special training (ie: lifeguard training, food safety course). Put this section
under a separate heading and include the following:
     Name and location of the school(s) attended.
     Type of program or major area of concentration.
     Grade completed or certificate received.
     Year in which studies were completed.

When you are recording your educational information start with your most recent
educational experience first and work back from there. If your education is limited,
provide more detail. Include your major field of study or names of significant courses
completed.
Your informal education is important too. A list of general interest courses, workshops,
conferences, or special training courses you have attended can provide more
information for employers. You may want to list these in order of importance.

Work and Experience
Employers are interested in knowing about your previous work and experience. The
most common way is to list your employment history in chronological order starting from
your most recent position and working backwards from there. This method should be
used regardless of the format you use to write your resume.
When listing your work and experience include the following:
     position held
     location of employment
     the dates you were employed
     responsibilities
     experience acquired from this position

Emphasize previous jobs that are directly related to the kind of job you are interested in
obtaining. Volunteer work experiences are also important so be sure to include them,
especially if this is your first job.

Interests and Activities
List activities you are involved in outside of work or school hours indicating something
about your interests, personality and level of energy.
Items you may include are:
      Hobbies, sports, activities, community service, reading, membership in
       organizations and any experiences involving public speaking.
      Significant achievements or accomplishments in your education, your work, or
       your personal life are important.
      Certificates (swimming, or music for example), scholarships, and other awards you
       have received.


References
Employers will almost always ask for references. It is a common practice for them to
question others about your skills, abilities, attitudes and experience.

Tips on choosing references
 Choose 3 or 4 individuals who are work-related including supervisors, peers or a
  customer.
 A personal non-work related reference may be used if you have no work-related
  references to use.
 Always ask the person you want to use if they will provide a reference for you. This will
  allow your references to be prepared to provide such information if called upon to do
  so.
 When requesting someone to provide you with a reference it is a good idea to ask
 them ahead of time what they plan to say if an employer contacts them. Will they give
 you a good recommendation?

Remember - when you are choosing your references it is important to choose
references who can speak about your skills and abilities that relate to the particular
position you are targeting.

Where to include your references
Most career counselors will advise that you not include your references in your resume.
The reason is that talking to your reference before you are interviewed may bias
employers. Your objective is to control any access to information about your past until
after you have been interviewed.

However, if the employer wants to talk to your references before your interview, they will
want to see your references along with your resume. Some employers may not even
bother to contact you if no references are included. If you know that your references will
provide you with a good reference then it does not matter if they are contacted before
they interview you.

The choice is yours if you want to or do not want to include your references along with
your resume. If you choose not to include them then it is a good idea to make a
statement in the reference section something like this:
     References available upon request
     References will be supplied at an interview
     A list of recommendations can be shown at an interview

f you are supplying your references at the time of the interview you should have a list of
them prepared. The references list should include:
     Name
     Title
     Company
     Address of the company
     Phone numbers
       Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Resumé
    Type your résumé on a computer. Use good quality, white or off-white, standard
(8.5" x 11") paper. Print only on one side of the page.
   Be selective. Employers will formulate their first impressions from the information
you provide.
    Be brief and concise. Ensure that the résumé is easy to read. Remember,
employers are probably going to have to go through a pile of these and won't be
attracted by long, cluttered résumés that take up a lot of their time. If your résumé is one
of the successful ones, you can expand on all your great qualities in the interview.
   Include lots of white space on the page. This makes it easier to read. Use at least
one-inch margins. Choose a simple, easy-to-read font at a size that will not strain the
reader's eyes (12 point is a good choice).
   Don't fold your résumé. Keep copies in an envelope or folder.
   Make sure the information is accurate. Don't exaggerate or misrepresent yourself.
The employers will check! On the other hand, don't sell yourself short either.
   Make sure you have listed all the correct personal data, including your address
and a telephone number where you can be reached during the day.
    Have an employment counsellor or teacher help you identify your skills and help
with the format. It is always a good idea to have someone else look over your résumé,
even if it is just to proofread it.
   Have at least three references. You won't include these in the résumé, but you
should have them ready to give the employer if (I mean when!) you get an interview.
References can be personal, but academic or work-related ones are preferred.
    Proofread, proofread, and proofread! Make sure there are no spelling, grammar
or typing errors. If employers get a lot of résumés, they will look for any excuse to
quickly "pitch" as many of them as possible. Bad proofreading gives them an easy out.
    Don't sign or date your résumé. Do update it regularly and retain past versions for
future reference.
   A cover letter should be sent along with the résumé.
                          SAMPLE RESUME

                                    SARA SMITH
                                 123 Lincoln Avenue
                                 Regina SK S2S 2S2
                                   (306)222-2222

SKILLS

            Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
            Ability to work as a team member, as well as independently
            Computer experience with word processing, spreadsheets and databases
            Good organizational skills

EDUCATION

2006-2007
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and
Technology, Wascana Campus, Regina Saskatchewan Office Education Certificate
Courses Studied

            Word Processing
            Interpersonal Communications
            Business Communications
            Accounting
            Grammar/Punctuation
            Office Procedures



2003-2006
Campbell Collegiate, Regina Saskatchewan
High School Diploma
Courses Studied

            Computer Science
            Typing
            Accounting
Sara Smith
Resume...p.2


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sept. 2007 to Present
Receptionist, Schellview Insurance Ltd.,
Regina, Saskatchewan

Client correspondence, setting up appointments, prepare daily accounting reports,
processing of claims, arrange work schedules. Received outstanding evaluations form
supervisor.

June 2004 to August 2006
Cashier (part-time), McDonalds
Regina, Saskatchewan

Balanced daily cash register receipts and sales, customer service, janitorial duties, and
maintained customer satisfaction during busy hours.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Special Olympics - Sept. 2006 to June 2007
Canvasser for Heart and Stroke Foundation - August 2006-October 2006
Volunteered at local library - June 2005 to August 2005

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

        Sports, basketball, swimming and tennis
        Writing novels and poems
        Reading

REFERENCES

Available upon request
                                RESUME OUTLINE

The following resume outline can be used as a guide. Fill in the blanks and you will
have your history recorded for use in your resume.

Personal Information

Name:____________________________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________

Postal Code: ___________       Telephone:_________________

Skills

_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________

Educational History

_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________

Work Experience

_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________
Volunteer Experience

_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________

Interests and Hobbies

_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________

References

_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
               Power Packed Verbs
    The following verbs may help you describe your activities:

accelerated     handled            redesigned       uncovered
accomplished    implemented        researched       unified
achieved        improved           revised          utilized
administered    increased          revitalized      vacated
analyzed        initiated          scheduled        validated
approved        introduced         serviced         visualized
built           invented           set up           waged
completed       led                simplified       washed
conceived       maintained         sold             weighed
conducted       managed            solved           widened
controlled      motivated          started          withdrew
coordinated     negotiated         strengthened     worked
chaired         organized          stressed         wrote
created         operated           stretched        raised
delegated       oversaw            structured       resolved
delivered       performed          succeeded        reviewed
designed        planned            summarized       specialized
developed       prepared           supervised       specific
directed        presented          supported        studied
edited          processed          taught           submitted
established     produced           traced           suggested
evaluated       programmed         tracked          translated
executed        projected          traded           made
exhibited       promoted           trained          marketed
expanded        proposed           transferred      mentored
facilitated     purchased          trimmed          learned
generated       recorded           tripled          listened
guided          recommended        turned           lobbied
                                     REFERENCE LIST
Your Name ______________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________ Province: ________   Postal Code: _______
Phone: ______________________________ Cell Phone: _________________________
Email: __________________________________________________________________

Reference 1
First & Last Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Position: ____________________________________________________________________________
Company Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________ Province: ____________ Postal Code: ________________
Day time phone: ___________________________ Evening phone: ______________________________
E-mail address: ________________________________________________________________________
Relationship to you: ____________________________________________________________________

Reference 2

First & Last Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Position: ____________________________________________________________________________
Company Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________ Province: ____________ Postal Code: ________________
Day time phone: ___________________________ Evening phone: ______________________________
E-mail address: ________________________________________________________________________
Relationship to you: ____________________________________________________________________

Reference 3

First & Last Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Position: ____________________________________________________________________________
Company Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________ Province: ____________ Postal Code: ________________
Day time phone: ___________________________ Evening phone: ______________________________
E-mail address: ________________________________________________________________________
Relationship to you: ____________________________________________________________________

								
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