Page A-2 / NH JOB NOTES 2003-2004 The Resume “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up where you’re headed.” —Dr. Rod Gilbert, professional trainer Your resume is an important • You can demonstrate measurable requirements. marketing tool. It is essentially an results from their work activities - • End with a brief work history advertisement of your qualifications for example, “Marketed departmen listing job titles, company names and abilities. Its purpose is not to get tal events, resulting in 50% increase and years employed. you a job, but to get you an interview in attendance.” Combination for a job. It should entice prospective • You’ve held impressive job titles, employers to want to meet you by and/or have worked for big-name The combination resume highlighting what you can do for employers. utilizes the best them with your experience, components of the education, and skills. This format is excellent for people functional and with steady work histories or chronological styles. Because employers may receive previous jobs that relate closely to More recently, the combination hundreds, even thousands, of their career objective. It is not the best Layout and Format Tips resume has included resumes a week, it is important that format for career changers, people accomplishments under each yours be visually appealing and brief with inconsistent work histories, or • Indent and use bullets to break up position or function, rather than but informative. Keep it as short as new entrants to the work force. paragraphs. simply outlining duties and possible. One page is best but never To create a chronological resume, list • Use white space to make the page responsibilities. This style allows for more than two. One page of well- each position you have held, starting visually appealing. flexibility in designing a resume. organized, relevant information will with the most recent and working • Use bold type to bring attention to say more about you than several backward. important information, but don’t pages of unnecessary details. With many variations, a common one overuse it. • Give the job title, name of the is to begin with a chronological • Use one easy-to-read font. Typical resumes get 20–30 seconds of company, and number of years you format, but then subdivide each job attention the first time through, so worked there. description into skill categories. You decide which style resume will make it easy for the readers to find • Relate the duties and Another variation uses the functional work best for you. Take some time to what they are looking for (see Layout accomplishments of each job using format, but lists where you were look at the exampleshere then pick & Format Tips box). action statements, not sentences. employed after each example of a the one that will best present what • Be specific, but not too detailed. skill. you have to offer. Format • Three to five statements per job is Adapted from: Nebraska Careers and Education 2002, Three Kinds To Choose From usually sufficient. Consider this style when: Nebraska DOL and University of Minnesoata Resume Your first decision will be to choose • Describe jobs relevant to the Tutor <http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/ecep/resume/ step2.htm> an appropriate resume format. There position you are applying for more • Each position you held involved a are three formats for resumes: chrono- thoroughly than others. different job description. Brought to you by: logical, functional, and combination. • You have held internships or NHCRN Functional Deciding what format to use is an volunteer positions that directly important decision...so give this some This style resume became popular in relate to field of interest. the 1970’s and 1980’s but is still New Hampshire Career Resource Network thought. Choose the one that shows New Hampshire Employment Security your experience to its best advantage. viewed skeptically by some Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau 32 So. Main Street (603) 229-4489 Concord, NH 03301 employers. The functional resume Chronological format summarizes your professional Ivana Caree This is the traditional style resume “functions” or experience and avoids Current Ad r dress that lists your professional experience or minimizes your employment 228 Residen ce Hall, Univ Permanent College Tow ersity of St Address chronologically, starting with your history. Keep this in mind: since n, NH 0300 ate 43 Elm Stree (603) 777-99 1 t most recent position. The majority of employers are used to seeing 66 Mytown, N ivana_career H 03000 resumes are written in this format, chronological resumes, make sure @university (603) 555-77 .edu 88 and this is also the format most you have a definite reason for Objective icareer@web server.com employers are accustomed to seeing. selecting a functional resume format. To obtain a position in pu This style is particularly effective in This format is often used in the promotiona blic relation l skills. s using my communicat the following cases: following instances: ions and University of State Bachelor of Art • You have professional experience • “Older workers”, since it minimizes Minor: Busin s, English, expected May ess 2002 in the field of interest. dates. GPA: 3.5/4. 0, English H • “Career changers”, since it outlines Related Co onors Societ y The Resume and The Employer urses transferrable work skills. Public Relat • Recent graduates - they don’t have Marketing ions When preparing your resume think The Adverti a lot of professional experience in Consumer B sing World about the employer’s perspective: ehavior Writing for Mass Media their field, but they do have relevant Writing for Program C Business coursework or training. oordinator, • Keep the information relevant to the Campus Act 1999 to pre • “Returning employees” after an Initiated an ivities Coun cil, Universi sent job you seek. d organized ty of State absence from the workforce, since it the Campus • Use clear, concise language and Promoted ev ent with flye Run for Cha minimizes dates. Over 1,000 rs, newspap rity proper spelling and punctuation. students part er ads, and ra • You want to emphasize skills you icipated dio announce • Use present tense for current jobs; Campus To ments have that haven’t been used in recent ur Guide, 1 past tense for past jobs. Office of Rec 998 – 1999 work experiences. ruiting, Univ • Emphasize achievements and Led weekly tours for pr ersity of St ate skills. Answered qu ospective st estions and udents and To create a functional resume: addressed co parents • Avoid pronouns (such as “I was Wrote inform ation sheet ncerns Selected to explaining ca the person who….”). train new g mpus housin • Identify three or four primary skills uides g policy • Use action verbs (such as “Wrote Administrat required for your target job. ive Assistan and edited the weekly newsletter“). Better Busin t, summers • For each skill identify three to five ess Compan of 1997 an • Be 100% honest and accurate. Drafted corr espondence y, Hometow n d 1998 concrete examples to demonstrate • Never exaggerate or misrepresent Used Micro soft Word an that ability. Complimen d Excel to ty yourself. ted for accu pe and edit • Use action phrases, not complete racy and atte reports • Ask others to review a draft copy ntion to deta il sentences. and give you suggestions. References av • Arrange skill headings in order of ailable on requ • Update resume and tailor to the est importance, or to match a job’s position you are currently seeking. Combination Resume
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