RESUME’ YOU on paper . . . A well-prepared resume’ Contains all important information Is neat, complete, and accurate Shows an employer that you are: Serious Educated Experienced Thorough Accurate Three basic types of resume’ Chronological – lists education and experience in reverse chronological order. Functional – lists skills and abilities with sections at the bottom for education and employers. Dates are minimized. Mixed – lists by skills and abilities but includes dates also. A resume’ can be prepared: Using a Resume’ Wizard Using a template from the internet From a sample in a book Formatted by you in a word processing program There is no ONE right way to format a resume’ Some common resume’ categories are: Objective Education Experience Skills and Abilities Interests Volunteer Activities References You choose categories to include or omit by what you want employers to know. Objective: States your objective in preparing your resume’ Part-time or full-time Entry-level or management Field of interest: sales, food service, computers, general office Education (sample) Francis Howell Central High School, 5199 Hwy N, St. Charles, MO 63304 (636) 851-4600 Will graduate June 2006 GPA 3.7 Business/Cooperative Work Program, Senior year Subjects: Keyboarding, Supervised Business Experience, Accounting, Marketing, Chemistry, Statistics Keyboarding speed: 45 wpm Trained in word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation software, telephone, voice recognition software and 10-key calculator. Experience List company name, address, telephone number, and name of supervisor to contact. State job title and important duties. If preparing a chronological resume’, state dates employed. If listing your current job, put “(year) to present.” Skills and abilities List things an employer should know about you: Excellent attendance Punctual Reliable Work independently Show initiative Team player Follow through Interests Employers like to know more about you: Could lead to interview questions Scouting Computers Sports - participant or fan Travel Reading Anything you do on a regular basis for fun Never lie or exaggerate about interests or volunteer activities! Volunteer Activities Things you’ve done to help your community Habitat for Humanity Highway cleanup Hospital volunteer Canned food drive Nursery volunteer Nursing home visits Blood drive References Personal references should be someone who could vouch for your honesty, commitment, and reliability: Teacher, coach, scoutmaster, counselor, employer, supervisor, neighbor you’ve worked for, parents of your friends, friends of your parents NOT your parents, grandparents or anyone with the same last name, or anyone under 25. Before you use your resume’ Spell check Proofread on screen Proofread hard copy Have someone else proofread for content and appearance. Make any necessary corrections Use good printer and paper for your final copies Use your resume’ PLUS . . . Always take two copies of your resume’ One to leave with the employer One to use for completing the job application if required to do so at that time Dress appropriately Go alone (not with a parent or friend) Use good manners Remember interviewing skills we will be discussing in class. Good Resume + Interview Skills You’ll stand out from the rest of the flock!
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