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  1. Creating an Effective Resume

  2. By the end of the class period you will be able to… • understand the purpose of a resume • identify critical attributes of a resume • use professional vocabulary and grammar in your resume • correctly format a resume • apply the “tips” covered in class • create a winning resume

  3. Agenda • Introduction • PowerPoint Presentation • 20 Second Critique Activity • Complete Final Draft Brochures

  4. Purpose of A Resume • To get you an interview • Designed as a marketing tool • Brief, concise document that presents, and effectively sells, your most relevant and positive credentials for employment • Establishes your credibility • Creates a lasting first impression

  5. What Does A Resume Do? • Summarizes your work-related skills and accomplishments • Describes educational background, relevant experiences, achievements, activities and interests • Helps you get your foot in the door! • Gives potential employer a first impression

  6. Where Do I Begin? • Assess you skills • Decide what type of job you want • Search to find businesses needing this type of service • Research business

  7. Critical Attributes • Heading • Objective • Experience • Education • Skills/Activities • References

  8. Heading • Name • Address • Phone number • Email address (optional)

  9. Objective • Brief statement about desired position and organization for which you want to work • Short or long-term goals may also be included • Examples: • Objective: To obtain a position as a legal secretary in real estate law. • Objective: Seeking an administrative/managerial position in a non-profit organization offering opportunity for professional growth.

  10. Experience • Begin by listing four facts: • Job title • Company name • Location of employer • Dates employed • May be listed by months or years • List in reverse chronological order • Create statements using “power words” • Bad Example: “Took customer request” • Good Example: “Processed customer request”

  11. Experience • May include volunteer, internships and fieldwork experiences • This section should be specific to the particular job you are describing • Example: Processed customer transactions

  12. Education • Highest level of attainment is listed first • Type of degree or certificate • Name of institution • Location of institution • Date of attendance or acceptance • Anticipated date of graduation

  13. Skills • Identify 3 – 6 key achievements or skills gained through work experience that support your objective • This section should be a generalization of skills you’ve acquired throughout your experience • Example: Exceptional communication ability

  14. References • Always obtain permission • Should be listed on separate sheet • Name • Title • Work/home address • Phone number

  15. Power Words • Accomplishment • Established • Improved • Restored • Transformed • Resolved • Management • Administered • Delegated • Executed • Implemented • Managed • Prioritized • Scheduled • Supervised • Strengthened • Communication • Attended • Demonstrated • Facilitated • Informed • Presented • Influenced • Financial • Administrated • Analyzed • Budgeted • Managed • Calculated • Planned • Function/Task • Collected • Compiled • Distributed • Generated • Implemented • Operated • Organized • Helping • Collaborated • Demonstrated • Ensured • Facilitated • Provided

  16. Polishing Tips • Formatting • Use 1” margins • Allow plenty of white space • Keep on one page whenever possible • Use bold for emphasis • Use consistency

  17. Polishing Tips • Printing • Print on one side only • Use quality paper • Use neutral colored paper • Use laser printer, never photocopy

  18. Polishing Tips • Proofreading • Avoid spelling mistakes • Use a dictionary • Perform spell check • Have a friend proofread • Avoid punctuation mistakes • Do not use periods when using bulleted lists • Avoid using abbreviations • Avoid using exclamation points

  19. Polishing Tips • Proofreading continued… • Avoid grammatical errors • Do not switch tenses • Present tense verbs should be used for current duties • Past tense verbs should be used for past duties • Capitalize proper nouns • Write out numbers one through nine, use numerals for 10 and above • Use consistent date formats