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RESUMES THAT WORK. Metro Community College Career Network Center. Career Network Center Coordinators. FOC – Fayetta Steele 457 - 2202 SOC – Peg Liewer 738 - 4555 EVC – Julie Langholdt 289 - 1416. Objectives. List the advantages of developing a resume

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Metro Community College

Career Network Center

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Career Network Center Coordinators

  • FOC – Fayetta Steele

    457 - 2202

  • SOC – Peg Liewer

    738 - 4555

  • EVC – Julie Langholdt

    289 - 1416

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  • List the advantages of developing a resume

  • Identify guidelines for resume preparation

  • Develop a draft resume

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  • Tool to present an individual’s skills and qualifications to a potential employer

  • Advertisement of you and your skills

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Purpose of a Resume

  • To get you selected for an interview

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  • You may be eliminated from consideration due to your resume.

  • Employers get their first impression of your professional standards and talents from the resume.

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Components of a Resume

  • What is the single most important piece of information on a resume?

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Sarah A. Smith

123 South Wood Street

Omaha, NE 68103

(402) 555 – 1234

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Heading Tips

  • Your email address should be conservative and professional

  • Your answering machine message should clearly identify you and be professional sounding.

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  • Briefly tells the employer what position you are interested in.

  • Needs to be employer-focused.

  • Example:

    • To obtain (list the position) with ABC Corporation.

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Employment History

  • A section that emphasizes your past and present employment

  • Other Names: Professional Experience, Work History, Volunteer Work, Experience

  • Provide information to help persuade prospective employers that your experiences make you qualified for the job

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What goes in this section?

  • Company or organization

  • Location (City, State)

  • Position title

  • Dates of employment/involvement

  • Descriptions of skills, knowledge or accomplishments, etc.

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Cashier May 2002 to present

Super Target Omaha, NE

  • Balance drawer at beginning and end of shift

  • Enter charges for all items; total items; subtractdiscounts

  • Take payments; issue receipts; count change

  • Deliver outstanding customer service

  • Employee of the Month: August 2002, January 2003

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Getting started

  • List your past and present experiences.

  • Start with the most recent (reverse chronological order.

  • Include:

    • Jobs

    • Volunteer positions

    • Internships

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Describing Experiences

  • Use Action Verbs

    • Are more descriptive and powerful

  • Keep statements brief

  • Use bulleted lists

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Developing your descriptions

  • Answer the journalistic questions:

    • Who?...With whom did you work?

    • What?...What duties did you perform?

    • Where?... Where did your job fit into the organization?

    • Why?..What goals were you trying to accomplish?

    • When?...What timelines were you working under?

    • How?...What procedures did you follow?

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Developing your descriptions



  • Planned activities

    Questions asked: What kinds?, How?, When?, For Whom?


  • Planned arts, crafts, activities, and exercises weekly for physically-challenged children

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Column A

Recording OSHA regulated documents

Material purchasing and expediting

Prepared weekly field payroll

Responsible for charge orders

Column B

Recorded OSHA regulated documents

Conducted material purchasing and expediting

Prepared weekly payroll

Processed charge orders

Making your descriptions parallel

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Try to see you experiences as a professional would


  • Answered phone

  • Wiped tables


  • Acted as liaison between clients and legal staff

  • Created healthy environment for customers and maintained positive public image

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Ways to tailor this section

  • Select content that supports your qualifications and matches job descriptions

  • Consider organizing by order of importance

  • Use professional wording, integrating job specific terms

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A formula for success

  • Use appropriate headings

  • Include required content

  • Organize your section strategically

  • Develop your descriptions

  • Make your descriptions parallel

  • See through professional eyes

  • Tailor for your audience

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Education and Training Section

  • A section that emphasizes your educational background and formal training

  • Persuade employers your educational background is relevant to the job, providing evidence of your qualifications

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“Bare bones” education section

  • Schools you have attended, including universities, community colleges, technical schools, etc.

    • Do not include high school information

  • Location of school(s)

  • Date of graduation, actual or anticipated

  • Degree(s) earned or pursued

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

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What else may be included?

  • Extra information about your degree (major, minor or selective GPAs, funding sources, honors, etc)

  • Specializations and special projects

  • Other relevant skills and training (relevant coursework, computer skills, language proficiency, certifications, licenses, etc)

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Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

Pursuing an Associates in Applied Science Degree: Office Skills Technology

Anticipated Graduation: May 2004 GPA 3.23

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What are my major and minor GPAs?

Any honors related to my degree?

How is my education funded?

What are my major and minor? What are my areas of emphasis, specialization, or concentration?

What special course or degree related projects may be relevant?

What courses have I taken that are related to my career goals?

With what computer programs am I most familiar?

What language proficiencies do I have?

Any certifications or licenses?

Do I have any on-the-job educational training?

Questions to answer

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Write your own resume

Make it error free

Make it look good

Be brief and relevant

Be honest

Be positive

Be specific

Use action verbs and short phrases

Edit and edit again

Resume Writing Tips

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Selecting content for readers

  • Consider how much space you have on your resume

  • Read job ads closely

  • Select your most relevant educational experiences or those for which you have space

  • List in chronological order or in order of importance

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Using fonts

  • Size: how big is big enough?

    • For a professional look, you will want to avoid more than 2 different font sizes

  • Two major kinds:

    • Serif (Times New Roman and Courier)

    • Sans Serif (Arial and Helvetica)

  • Use bold type sparingly

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Types of Resumes

  • Chronological

  • Functional

  • Combination

  • Targeted

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Accentuates your formal qualifications

Appropriate for directly qualified candidates with linear career progression

Often the preferred format


May emphasize candidate’s lack of direct, in-depth experience

Underscores past identity rather than future potential

Chronological Resume

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Opportunity to establish transferability of skills

Not limited to paid employment, widens scope of all experiences


Challenges the standard presentation

May hide background information

Functional Resume

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Combination Resume

  • Combines elements of both styles

  • Gives equal focus to skills that relate to the job/position your are seeking and your work history

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Targeted Resume

  • Includes a “grocery list” of skills, responsibilities, accomplishments, and experiences that you have that relate to the job/position you are seeking

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Resume Presentation

  • Quality paper – off-white, cream, gray, white

  • Paper weight – 16-32 lbs., 100% cotton fiber

  • Producing – Word processor (do not use Microsoft Word resume wizard!)

  • Printing – Laser is preferred

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Tips for Using Your Resume

  • Send to the person in charge of screening by name

  • Always send with a cover letter

  • Mass mailing is not effective

  • Follow up sending your resume with a phone call

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Tips for Using Your Resume

  • When directly contacting employers, always have a copy of your resume available

  • Attach your resume to employment application, however do NOT say “see resume” on application

  • Give a copy of your resume to your references

  • Bring copies of resume to interviews

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