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Resume Writing. Suddhodan Baidya Oct 5th, 2011. What is a Resume?. Resumes are a catalog of your skills, experiences, and education A honest representation of you A document that shows your qualifications for the job you are applying for. Goals of a Resume.

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resume writing

Resume Writing

Suddhodan Baidya

Oct 5th, 2011

what is a resume
What is a Resume?
  • Resumes are a catalog of your skills, experiences, and education
  • A honest representation of you
  • A document that shows your qualifications for the job you are applying for
goals of a resume
Goals of a Resume
  • Capture the attention of the person looking at the resume, “sell” yourself to the employer
    • A potential employer takes less than 20 seconds to choose whether your resume should be considered for further review
    • The visual impact of your resume is almost as important as the words written on it
    • Give the employer a reason to ask you for an interview
effective resume writing
Effective Resume Writing
  • Clarity
    • Accurate Information
    • Use simple words
    • Write in point form instead of sentences and paragraphs
    • Use 1” borders on Letter size paper
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Effective Resume Writing
  • Consistent
    • Use the same font throughout the resume
    • Use the same size font (12) except for Headings
    • Use the same tense e.g. present tense for current jobs, past tense for previous jobs
    • Arrange information logically and in order
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Effective Resume Writing
  • Concise
    • Be focused and truthful
    • Use specific descriptions of your duties
    • Highlight information in your resume that best matches the requirements of the job description
    • Keep resumes to appropriate length 1-3 pages
resume formats
Resume Formats
  • Chronological (or Time Oriented)
    • Most recent experience shown first
    • Use when you can clearly show you can show growth and development in your career ladder and want to proceed to the next step
    • Usually a good first resume to work on
    • Disadvantage:
      • More difficult to highlight what you did best
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Resume Formats cont…
  • Functional (or Relevant Skills)
    • Identify and highlight specific skills (3 to 6)
    • Use if you are changing occupations
    • If there are gaps in your work history
    • If you worked in the same job for an extended period of time
    • A recent graduate with no experience but have knowledge and skills
    • Disadvantage:
      • Difficult to distinguish which skill was obtained at which employer
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Resume Formats cont…
  • Combination (Functional/Chronological)
    • Highlight specific skills in a chronological order
    • If you have a variety of job titles and positions
    • If you have the same job title for a number of different employers
    • Disadvantage:
      • You may be repeating the same information on your skills and work history sections
      • Usually results in a longer resume
essential pieces of a resume
Essential Pieces of a Resume
  • Heading – Full Name, Full Address, Phone Number, Email Address
  • Skills and Experience (Work/Volunteer)
  • Education & Training
the heading
John Smith

3615 West 4th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6R 1P2

604 – 456 – 7890

[email protected]

The Heading

Do not include:

Pictures, SIN, marital status, weight & height, the title RESUME or CV, religion, salary expectations - do not belong on your resume

an objective
An Objective
  • Job Objective: Should be Clear, Concise & Relevant to the position you are applying for.
    • Objective: Premier with over 20 years of community leadership
    • Objective: Project Manager with 10 years experience leading innovative ventures
highlights summary of qualifications
Highlights/Summary of Qualifications
  • Your Highlights should include:
    • 5 to 7 points that clearly and briefly matches your skills with the employers needs
    • Pay special attention to the Duties of the job posting
    • What makes you unique
    • Personality qualities that is important for the opening
highlights summary
  • Employers tend to hire people on the following criteria points listed below:

- Attitude – Reliable/Dependable

- Communication Skills

- Team Player

- Flexibility, willing to have an open mind and learn new skills

- Ability to solve problems

skills section
Skills Section
  • Used for Functional and Combination Resumes
  • Recognize 3 - 6 skill sets for the job (i.e. management, customer service, technical/computer, organizational, administrative, communication)
  • List relative points under each skill set
  • Do not use personal pronouns like “I” or “my”
  • Use strong ACTION words like Coordinated, Organized, Managed, Directed, Conducted
transferable skills
Transferable Skills
  • Take inventory of your skills
  • What are transferable skills?
    • Any skills that you have gained through any activity in your life that can be moved and applied to a new occupation
      • Activities include: jobs, education, sports, hobbies, etc
work experience
Work Experience
  • List your work experiences from most recent to your very first paid job after you left school
  • Job Title, Company Name, Location, Dates
  • State what you did in that position relevant to the job applying for in Chronological and Combination resumes:
    • Increased revenue, projects worked on, customer satisfaction, reduced costs
    • Add an accomplishment/achievement section to highlight something significant
education training
Education & Training
  • Formal education up to and including University
  • Degree/Diploma/Certificate/etc and major/minor/honor, Educational Institution, Location, Date
  • Any education or training that you took on your own or provided to you by your employer
  • Any specialized courses that are required by your profession or association
  • Highlights in coursework relevant to position
  • Volunteer experience is work experience without a wage
  • Arrange experience in chronological order
  • Highlight skills and knowledge relevant to job posting
  • Awards & Achievements
    • Related to the job opportunity
    • Shows your abilities in the industry
  • Publications
  • Interests & Hobbies
  • “References are available upon request”
    • this is understood and may be left out
  • Ask for reference from your previous (volunteer) supervisor/manager
  • Make sure they will give you a good reference
  • Remind your reference after you forward their name to an employer
    • Avoid surprises!
resume tips
Resume Tips
  • Research the job before writing your resume and target the resume to the job
  • Use numbers whenever possible (how many staff you supervised, how many computers in the network)
  • Remove irrelevant information
  • Use tabs whenever possible
  • Do not draw lines – use the border function
more tips
More Tips
  • Use headers to put your name and page number
  • Make sure you send it in .doc format instead of .docx
  • Print a copy and look at it, is it visually appealing?
  • Proofread Carefully! Get a second person to proofread, then a third person.
  • Put your resume through Words’ spell-check but do not rely on it! Check every red/green underline.
  • five common words you don\'t want on your resume
thank you
Thank You
  • Thank you for attending this seminar
  • We are requesting your feedback on what we can do to make this a better seminar
  • We ask you to complete the evaluation sheet and write any comments
the presenter s contact information
Suddhodan Baidya

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Settlement Services

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 604-408-7274 ext. 2046

Address: 28 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 1R6

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