Resumes What Works. What Doesn’t. To a potential employer, a resume is “YOU” on paper. It may be the only “YOU” they ever see! Make sure your resume gives the impression you want a potential boss to have. - If you don’t take time and care to prepare an appropriate resume, they can only assume you also won’t take time and care to do a good job for them at their business. Be positive. Don’t overstate accomplishments, but avoid any negative statements. Resume-Writing Tips Resumes need to be ERROR-FREE! Computer-generate a neat, clean document. Pay careful attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar, and style. Proofread and have several others proofread. Organize in a logical fashion. Keep it clear and to the point. Keep it to one page. Resume-Writing Tips Continued Use a simple, easy-to-read font. Use good quality white or off-white bond paper. Include as much work experience as possible and appropriate even if it doesn’t directly relate to the job you’re seeking. Tailor information to the job you’re seeking. Do not include personal data such as height, weight, or a picture. Never send a resume without a cover letter. Contents of a Resume Heading: Includes name, address, and phone number (also include email address if appropriate) Objective or goal Skills and Qualifications Work History Education and Training Certificates and Licenses Accomplishments and Activities Other Information References Heading Heading includes name, address, and phone number (Include email address if appropriate). Your name should be larger than the rest of the heading and bolded (in access.bridges, your name will appear larger when resume is complete). Give home address (not work). Don’t forget your area code. Do not abbreviate! (ex: Street, Avenue, East) Make sure your answering machine has an appropriate message in case someone does call you. Heading Continued Example: Pam Tiefenthaler 4408 South Plains Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57106 (605) 362-1231 Email: email@example.com Objective or Goal In access.bridges, choose to “Continue without selecting a specific career goal”, so you can write your own. Make sure your objective or goal fits the job for which you are applying. Change it with each job for which you apply if necessary. KISS (Keep it simple, sweet). Example: To utilize my carpentry background and interest to obtain a position as a Carpentry Assistant. Skills and Qualifications This is an optional category that may be used to enhance your experience and education categories. List skills that are most relevant to the job you seek. Think of what the employer might need in relation to what you’ve done and who you are as a person. List examples of how you’ve demonstrated your skill. Skills and Qualifications Continued Examples: Team Player. Four years on the Roosevelt High School track team and two years in Tech Club have taught me to work cooperatively with others. Hard Worker. Being involved in activities, while also working part-time and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, has taught me to work hard to exhibit excellence and manage my time. Work History List your most recent (or current) job first. Include job title, name of organization or company, city, state, dates of employment, duties performed and/or skills developed. Use short bulleted statements to describe job duties. Keep all of these in the same tense. In access.bridges, you can use the “Action Words List” to help you get started. Include those duties which best fit your career goals. Be creative. Most fit more than you may first realize. Also list volunteer experience or internships, especially if related to your career goal. Work History Example: Construction Laborer, Service First Construction, Sioux Falls, SD, June 2000 – present Assist carpenters with residential construction processes. Select and retrieve appropriate tools Assemble parts according to necessary specifications. Clean work areas. Education and Training List most recent education first. Do not list anything below high school. Include name of school, location, and current grade or date of expected graduation. If above a 3.0, you might choose to list your grade point average, but be sure to list the academic scale (Example: 3.2 on a 4.0 scale). In access.bridges, you could include this in the “Other Information” section. Education and Training Continued You may also want to include specific career- related course work (Example: Computer Aided Drafting, Woodworking 1 & 2) certificates, or second language or computer classes. (In access.bridges, this can be added to the “Other Information” section.) Education Continued Example: Roosevelt High School, Sioux Falls, SD Expected Graduation Date: May, 2003 Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale Career-Specific Classes: Computer Aided Design, Woodworking 1 and 2, Spanish 1 and 2 Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Certificates and Licenses This category is optional. Include any certificates or licenses you have that would be mandatory or helpful in the job for which you’re applying. Examples: CPR Certification for a hospital position, or ASE Certification for an auto mechanics-type position Drivers license or CDL license for some type of driving or equipment operation job Accomplishments and Activities Brainstorm any type of honor or award you’ve received (Examples: Employee of the Week, Most Improved Spanish Student, etc.). List activities that you’re involved with. This shows time management, commitment and responsibility. List interests usually only if somehow related to your career goals. In access.bridges, the “Action Words List” is available in this category, too. Accomplishments and Activities Example: Honor Roll Student First place Technology contest Assist with local annual Angel Tree project Lettered in track, 3 years Student of the Month, February, 2001 Volunteer youth softball coach President of church youth group Your Interests This is an optional category. Use this section to list any of the interests you have that might be related or helpful to the job for which you’re applying. Example: Interest in flying if applying for a job at the airport Other Information Another optional category, but an important one to use if you have any other qualifications you’d like to share to make the best impression possible. This might be where you’d include your GPA, or courses you’ve taken (including any college- level courses you may have taken) or experiences you’ve had that would be of particular interest to the employer. Example: Spanish club took trip to Spain to gain first-hand knowledge of the culture. References Always ASK your references before you put them on a reference list. Ask supervisors, teachers, counselors, etc. who know your work habits best. Do not ask clergy unless you have some work connection with them. Never ask relatives. List at least 3 references, but no more than 5. References Continued If references fit comfortably on your resume, they can be listed at the bottom. Often, however, they are listed on a separate sheet. If listed separately, at the bottom of your resume, state that “References are Provided Upon Request” and have a list ready to hand to an employer. Most employers prefer that you give them everything they need at one time. References Continued List references name, title, place of employment, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable and appropriate). If you choose to use a separate reference sheet, make sure your name appears on top of the reference page, and on your resume, include a statement such as the one below: References: Provided upon request. References Continued On separate sheet: Rob Kurtenbach References Ms. Pam Tiefenthaler, Career Development Specialist Sioux Falls School District Instructional Planning Center 201 East 38th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57105-5898 (605) 367-7995 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Make it Look GOOD! And always include a cover letter, so the recipient knows why they’re receiving your resume.
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