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					    Technical Writing Course
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                  Prepared By

              Dr. Ali Maqousi

                  Room: 7304
           Email: amaqousi@uop.edu.jo




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           TW–The   Job Search

• How to find job openings
• Criteria for Effective resumes
• Sample resumes




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    TW–   How to find job openings

• Visit your College or University Job Placement Center.
• Talk to your Instructors.
• Network with Friends and Past Employers.
• Get Involved in your Community.
• Check your Professional Affiliations and Publications.
• Read the Want Ads
• Read Newspapers or Business Journals to Find Growing
  Businesses and Business Sectors.
• Take a ”Temp” Job.
• Get an Internship.
• Research the Internet.

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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes

• Resumes are usually the first impression
  you make on a prospective employer.
• An effective resume will give you the
  opportunity to sell your skills.
• Your Resume should present an objective,
  easily accessible, detailed biographical
  sketch.

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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes

Key Resume Components:
•   Identification
•   Career Objectives
•   Employment
•   Education
•   Professional Skills
•   Military Experience (if applicable)
•   Professional affiliations

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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes

Key Resume Component

Identification

• Your name (Full Name, in boldface and font-size 14 (16)
  points)
• Your address (street address, city, state, zip code, and
  area code. if you have temporary and permanent
  addresses provide both)
• Phone numbers (2), (Don’t provide a work phone), fax
  number, and Email or Web site address.

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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component

Career Objectives

• Career objectives line is not mandatory (Optional depends on the
  prospective employer)
• Career objectives line is like a subject line in a memo or report. It
  informs the reader of your résumé's focus.

Examples:
- Career objective: An entry-level position as a computer programmer.
- Career objective: To market financial planning programs and provide
   financial counseling to ensure positive client relations.

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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component

Employment

• List the jobs you have held in reverse chronological order (Current
  job listed first, previous jobs listed next)
• In this section include the following:
        - Job Title
        - The name of the company you worked for
        - The location of this company
        - The time period during which you worked at this job
        - Your job duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments. (what
  did you achieve on this job, how you met deadlines, trained
  employee, cut expenses, exceeded sales expectations, and so forth.

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TW–    Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component
Employment (Continue….)
Quantify your accomplishments, as follows:

Example:


    Assistant Manager
           PC Zone, Amman, Jordan (JO)
           2003 to present
           - Tracked and maintained over $25,000 inventory
           - Trained a minimum of four new employees quarterly
           - Achieved a 10 percent growth in customer care count for three consecutive years
           - Developed a written manual for dangerous waste disposal, earning a Citizen’s
            Recognition Award from the Amman municipality council.

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TW–    Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component

Education

•    Document your educational experiences in reverse chronological order
     (most recent education first; previous schools, colleges, universities,
     military courses, and training seminars next)
•    In this section provide the following:
            - Degree (if you have not yet received your degree, you can write
     “Anticipated date of graduation June 2009” or “ Degree expected in 2009”
            - Area of specialization
            - School attended (don’t abbreviate)
            - Location
            - Year of graduation or years attended.



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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component

Education (Continue….)

To highlight a unique educational accomplishments, you may include one or
   more of the following:

        - Grade point average
        - Academic club memberships and leadership offices held
        - Unique coursework
        - Special class projects
        - Academic honors, scholarships, and awards
        - Club or union leadership offices held
        - Technical equipment you can operate


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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component

Professional Skills

To make the reader’s attention focus on your unique skills, you may include the following:

          - Proficiency with computer hardware and software
          - Procedures you can perform
          - Special accomplishments and awards you have earned
          - On-the-job training you have received
          - Training you have provided
          - New techniques you have invented or implemented
          - Number of and types of people you have managed
          - Publications you have created or worked on
          - Certifications you have earned
          - Languages you speak, read, and write


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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes
Key Resume Component
Professional Skills (Continue…)

Example:

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     Professional Skills

     •Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and FrontPage
     •Knowledge of HTML, Java, Visual Basic, and C++
     •Certified OSHA Hazardous Management Safety Trainer
     •Fluent in Spanish and English

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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes

Key Resume Component

Professional Affiliations

If you belong to regional, national or international clubs or have
    professional affiliations, you might want to mention these.

Examples are IEEE, JCS, JEA, etc.

Listing such associations emphasizes your social consciousness and
   your professional sincerity.




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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes

Optional Resume Components:

• Personal Data
• References (three or four colleagues,
  supervisors, teachers. Or Available upon
  request).




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TW–   Criteria for Effective Resumes

Style: (How the information should be presented, format and page
   layout is essential for writing effective resume)

• Avoid Sentences
• Itemize your Achievements (use bullets)
• Begin your Lists with Verbs ( accomplished, awarded, built,
  completed, created, organized, …)
• Quantify (Ex. Don’t write “Maintained positive customer relations
  with numerous clients”. Instead write “Maintained positive customer
  relations with 5000 retail and 90 wholesale clients”).
• Format your resume for reader-friendly ease of access. (Ex.
  Capitalize, Boldface headings, indent use white spaces,…).
• Make it Perfect (error free )


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