Resume Tips and Tools. For students participating in SKILLS USA Mindi Federman Askelson Director of Placement and Student Life. Purpose of a Resume. Resumes are effective tools for employers to use as a screening device to control the deluge of responses to job postings.
For students participating in SKILLS USA
Mindi Federman Askelson
Director of Placement and Student Life
Resumes are effective tools for employers to use as a screening device to control the deluge of responses to job postings.
Applicants use resumes to introduce themselves to the employer in hopes of be granted an interview.
There is a good chance that a support staff person, not the hiring manager, will review your resume and compare it to the job description.
Resumes are not read thoroughly, so it is important you bring your qualifications out front and center.
According to Resume Magic, 99% of business resumes fall into two distinct genres:
Example of a Chronological Resume
Example of a functional resume
To learn which resume style best suites your needs go to:
Choosing a resume style
A resume can contain any or all of the following sections:
Today’s job descriptions begin with action verbs, so should your resume. Start sentences with action verbs that list results and complete the sentence with the method used to achieve the results.
Ex: Increased sales 17% through introduction of consultative sales approach.
The internet is full of good examples of action oriented words for resumes. Here are just a few links:
Need help brainstorming experiences that will look good on a resume? Having trouble turning college experiences and coursework into transferable skills? Not sure what extracurricular and volunteer activities to list on your resume? We have some worksheets that can help!
If you have numerous affiliations split them into two sections: career and civic
Can include awards related to career accomplishments, community based volunteering, contributions to service organizations, or academic awards and scholarships.
about writing resumes go to: