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After you write ten transferable skills

After you write ten transferable skills

Go to:

R sum s 101

Résumés 101

After you write ten transferable skills

What we will Discuss

  • What a Resume is

  • How long employers read Resumes

  • What is included in a Resume

  • Basic Resume Tips

What is a r sum

What is a Résumé?

  • A resume is a one page summary of your skills, education, and experience.

  • A resume is one of the most important pieces of writing you will ever create.

  • A solid resume is the key that will open the door for an interview which lead to good jobs.

  • The resume is your advertisement

What is the purpose of a resume

What is the Purpose of a Resume?

  • To get job

  • To get a good score in CPP4

  • To get an interview

  • None of the above

  • If you selected C, you are correct. The resume is used as a screening tool to see if it is worth interviewing you.

The resume is your a dvertisement

The Resume is Your Advertisement.

  • The resume acts much like an advertisement for a company trying to sell something.

  • Just as a sneaker company spends countless hours (and millions of dollars) designing their latest advertising campaign, you too must spend a good deal of time creating, proofreading, editing, and perfecting your resume.

How long do employers typically look at a resume

How long do employers typically look at a resume?

  • Less than 30 seconds

    B. 3 Minutes

    C. 1 Minute

    If you answered “A”, you are correct. Employers often receive hundreds of resumes for a single position. They do not have time to pour over every word on each one. This increases the importance of the smallest details.

What should be included in a resume

What should be included in a resume?

Not all resumes are the same, but there are some common elements that they all should include. The necessary elements are:

  • Heading

  • Objective

  • Summary of Skills, or Transferable Skills

  • Education

  • Employment History

  • Work Experience

  • Side Work

  • Certifications

  • On a separate page (not on your resume page itself) a Reference Page



  • Your heading should include the essential personal information.

  • Your formal name (not nickname) should appear at the top and it should stand out above all else on the paper.

  • You want them to remember who you are in less than 30 seconds.

  • Also include your address (both permanent and temporary) and phone number. If you use email, include your email address.



  • It is generally a one sentence explanation of the type of job you are seeking.

  • Your objective should be fairly specific.

  • If you are applying for different types of jobs, change your objective to match each type of job.

  • May be replaced by a Summary of Accomplishments

Summary of skills

Summary of Skills

  • Use this section to include special skills be relevant to the employer.

  • Some possibilities are:

    • Type 60 words per minute

    • Fluent in Spanish

    • Multitasking

    • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications

    • Computer Skills

  • For more search “Transferable Skills List”

Top ten transferable skill employers are looking for

Top Ten Transferable Skill Employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills (Verbal & Written)

  • Honesty/integrity

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Motivation/Initiative

  • Strong Work ethic

  • Teamwork Skills

  • Computer Skills

  • Analytical Skills

  • Flexibility/ adaptability

  • Detail -Oriented



  • shows your academic achievements and fields of study. This includes trades.

  • Include you most recent educational experience and work backward

  • If you went to college you do need to include high school but do include degree sought and number of credits earned.

  • If you did not graduate, you may choose not to put it on your resume. Job Corps becomes your high school in that case



  • Also called “Work Experience” or “Employment Experience”

  • Include previous employers, their locations, your dates of employment, and your job title.

  • You may have to create a job title if you did not have one.

  • You can not assume that the job title explains what you did to all readers.

  • Use past tense action verbs to start each of these descriptions.

  • Do not use “I” in descriptions.

Job descriptions

Job Descriptions

  • You should include at least one or two one-line descriptions of what your job duties and responsibilities were, such as:

    • Worked as a member of a team to ensure customer satisfaction

    • Cared for children ages 2-6

Some examples of action verbs

Some Examples of Action Verbs:

  • Performed

  • Presented

  • Proposed

  • Reorganized

  • Researched

  • set up

  • Supervised

  • Supported

  • Trained

  • Traveled

  • Worked (effectively, with others)

  • Accomplished

  • achieved

  • Analyzed

  • Adapted

  • Balanced

  • Collaborated

  • Coordinated

  • Communicated

  • Compiled

  • Conducted

  • Contributed

  • completed; created

  • Delegated

  • Directed

  • Established

  • Expanded

  • Improved

  • Implemented

  • Invented

  • Increased

  • Initiated

  • Instructed

  • Led

  • Organized

  • participated

Side work optional

Side Work (Optional)

  • This section is most important for those that did not receive an official pay roll check.

  • Highlight work you may have done like babysitting, tutoring, painting, maintenance work, lawn care, etc.

Activities optional

Activities (Optional)

  • Some employers like to see people who have been involved in school or community activities.

  • list special activities you participated in (prom committee) and organizations you joined (drama club, baseball team, etc.).

  • Include the years in which you participated.

  • Be aware, however, that some employers may view this information as irrelevant. For younger or inexperienced job seekers, this should not be a concern.



  • You should have 2 - 3 people who have observed your work habits (employers, teachers, coaches, etc.) and 2 - 3 people who can speak about your character.

  • Do not use friends and family

  • Although it is common practice to put “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom of a resume, most career advisors say it is unnecessary.

  • There is nothing wrong with taking a nicely printed list of personal references with you to an interview.

  • Make sure you have asked their permission to include them as references.

  • It is best to list work numbers since some people don’t appreciate calls at home.

  • You know an employer is interested when they request a list of references.

Resume tips

Resume Tips

  • Start with your present to most recent position and work backward.

  • Detail only 3-5 positions. Be brief with positions irrelevant to you desired one.

  • Use month and year only for dates.

  • Do not state obvious job duties like cooks who cook and cashiers who use a register.

  • Keep your next job in mind and describe things in your previous jobs that relate to your desired one.

  • Education goes on top of work experience if it occurred within the last 5 years.

More tips

More Tips

  • Be consistent with formatting of the page (make sure everything lines up from top to bottom, especially indents and bullets)

  • Format the dates consistently only using month and year

  • Describe job duties in past tense action verbs like:

    -Provided customer service

    -Cared for children

After you write ten transferable skills

We Discussed

  • What a Resume is

  • How long employers read Resumes

  • What is included in a Resume

  • Basic Resume Tips



  • Maine community college system: Center for career development: Career preparation curriculum (2003). Retrieved February 1, 2009, from



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