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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.

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Resume tips and tools

Resume Tips and Tools

For students participating in SKILLS USA

Mindi Federman Askelson

Director of Placement and Student Life

Purpose of a resume

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.

Applicants use resumes to introduce themselves to the employer in hopes of be granted an interview.

Resume secrets

Resume Secrets

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.

Phases of building resumes

Phases of Building Resumes

  • Targeting a specific employer or employment opportunity.

  • Developing the content that documents your skills and abilities.

  • Designing and editing the document.

In this power point will cover developing and designing a resume

In this power point will cover developing and designing a resume.

Types of resumes

Types of Resumes

According to Resume Magic, 99% of business resumes fall into two distinct genres:





  • A historical timeline of your experiences.

  • Does not necessarily need to include dates.

  • Descriptions of what you did and how you did it should be listed under Experience or Employment History section.

  • Most recent employer is listed first and least recent is listed last.

    Example of a Chronological Resume



  • Relies on skills-based section to demonstrate qualifications.

  • Company names, employment titles, and dates are intentionally omitted.

  • Often the best choice for individuals with minimal or no paid experience.

    Example of a functional resume

Choosing a type of resume

Choosing a Type of Resume

To learn which resume style best suites your needs go to:

Choosing a resume style

Parts of a resume

Parts of a Resume

A resume can contain any or all of the following sections:

  • Resume Header

  • Objective or Focus Statement

  • Professional Experience

  • Skills, Abilities, and Special Interests

  • Education, Credentials, and Licenses

  • Affiliations

  • Awards and Honors

Resume header

Resume Header

A resume header can contain any or all of the following sections

  • Name

  • Address

  • Landline number

  • Cell phone number

  • Work phone number

  • Fax

  • Email address

John Doe Pitt

123 Green Tree Rd

New York, NJ 09092

(343) 341-8765

Using action verbs

Using Action Verbs

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.

Action words

Action Words

The internet is full of good examples of action oriented words for resumes. Here are just a few links:





Objective or focus statement

Objective or Focus Statement

  • Needs to grab the readers attention.

  • Is focused on the employer’s needs.

  • Is directed toward what the employer wants or is looking for and how you can be an asset to them.

  • Should be brief, one or two sentences.

  • Includes:

    • the position you want.

    • the key skills that qualify you.

    • the benefits or value to an employer.

Professional experience

Professional Experience

  • Largest portion of the chronological format.

  • Can include both paid and volunteer positions related to your career goal.

  • Includes job title, company name, company location and dates employed.



  • Offers employers a “menu” of your talents.

  • Largest portion of the functional format.

  • Provides a format for individuals with limited paid or recent job experience to showcase their abilities.

Turning experiences into words

Turning Experiences Into Words

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!



  • College experience worksheet

  • Transferable skills worksheet

  • Examining extracurricular, volunteer and community activities worksheet

  • Portray your skills as transferable worksheet

  • Writing an objective or focus statement worksheet

  • Previous work accomplishment worksheet

Education credentials and licenses

Education, Credentials, and Licenses

  • Where recent graduates can showcase their talents and experiences.

  • Includes and trade school or college training.

  • Should include required course work, internships, or testing process.

  • Can include name of schools, college major, honors, GPA, co-curricular activities, languages studied, degree received.

Turning education credentials and licenses into words

Turning Education, Credentials, and Licenses Into Words






If you have numerous affiliations split them into two sections: career and civic

  • Career – organizations dedicated to a profession or industry.

  • Civic – community, nonprofit, or for-fun groups.

Turning affiliations into words

Turning Affiliations Into Words

  • Listing affiliations

  • Where to put affiliations

Awards and honors

Awards and Honors

Can include awards related to career accomplishments, community based volunteering, contributions to service organizations, or academic awards and scholarships.

What not to include on a resume

What Not to Include on a Resume

  • Date of birth

  • Marital status

  • Personal data

  • Photograph

  • Salary history or requirements

More resume don ts

More Resume Don’ts

  • Quintcareers Do’s and Don'ts

  • Forbes Do's and Don'ts

  • Resume Mistakes and Don'ts

  • 6 Resume Don'ts

  • TTG Consultants Effective Resumes

For more information

For More Information

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