Resume Tutorial. Before you create your resume, brainstorm why an employer should hire you! If you do not already have a draft resume, Complete the Resume Building Sheet If you have a draft available go through the tutorial and review your resume for areas of improvement
Before you create your resume, brainstorm why an employer should hire you!
If you do not already have a draft resume, Complete the Resume Building Sheet
If you have a draft available go through the tutorial and review your resume for areas of improvement
Write down the 5 reasons why you believe you are the best candidate for the job
You need to identify why you are unique and what your accomplishments have been.
You can develop your resume by using one of the templates, below:
You will create this document, using tabs, fonts, and spacing.
Recommended fonts include: Times New Roman, Arial or Tahoma
Your margins can be adjusted: the smallest margin you can use is .5 – this is located in File, Page Setup
The resume typically has 6 different headings/sections.
Section 1: Contact Information
Section 2: Summary
Section 3: Key Words/Accomplishments
Section 4: Professional Experience
Section 5: Education & Training
Section 6: Additional Information
This presentation will guide you through each section and will provide information about how to create each section.
The purpose of the heading is to give the employer your contact information
Name, phone number, address, and email address. Your name should be in a larger font – suggested font is 14 point. Remember, you are selling you, so your name needs to stand out!
Street address is now optional on a resume. Email address is essential. The vast majority of employers will contact you by phone or email; rarely, if ever, by snail mail.
Make sure to have a professional email address. You may want to set one up just for job search that you can abandon when the search is over.
Type Your Heading
The summary is a broad overview of your skills. It guides the reader and provides an overview of what you bring to the position
The summary should be tailored to fit each job you are applying for
Your summary must include technical, organizational, and interpersonal skills and knowledge
You can use this example to fill in your experience
[Professional Label] with extensive [general functional area] background in [3-4 things you want to be hired to do] with [industry/types of organizations] at [organizational level/location] in support of [people you relate to] [Experience includes:]
Human Resources analyst with core competencies in classification, compensation and recruitment and selection.
Extensive knowledge of Federal and State employment laws and a thorough understanding of complex personnel rules and procedures.
Reputation for providing exceptional and timely customer service.
Demonstrated ability to direct and complete multiple projects while meeting strict deadlines.
Purchasing Manager with extensive experience in capital improvement projects and capital equipment purchasing in healthcare and government environments. Proven experience in leading negotiations, preparing business presentations, and developing business relationships. Strong knowledge of risk management and compliance issues pertaining to healthcare and government procurement practices. Excellent leadership skills empowering and motivating employees resulting in an organization of high performing, dedicated employees.
Customer service management professional. Excel in fast-paced environments as well as motivating staff to increase productivity. Demonstrated ability to identify customer needs and gain customer trust. Expertise in resolving escalated customer service issues. Works well independently as well as part of a team.
Type Your Summary
Key words are utilized to describe your skills.
Use 6-12 key words that describe your talent or skills. You should have an accomplishment statement to back up your key words in your professional experience section.
Below are a variety of key words that you can use to describe your experience:
Events Planning Seminars/Conferences
Policies and Procedures
Events Planning Seminars/Conferences
Type Your Key Words
Now you will begin the process of adding your work experience
Start with your most current/recent position and work backwards
Your focus for your work experience should be the last 10 years
For each employer include full name of employer,( do not use acronyms), your title, dates, city, state
For each job, write 4-5 sentences about your basic job duties and responsibilities
With each experience (within 10 years), you will need to write 2 or 3 statements qualifying and quantifying that experience. These statements are your accomplishments
You need to make sure to demonstrate your skills in this section
Typically, you use bullets to highlight this experience, but you will also see this displayed in a paragraph format
You need to start each statement with AN Action Verb - refer to the “ Action Verbs” handout
Put experience in Reverse Chronological Order
Do not use personal pronouns
Spell out all abbreviations; this includes agency information and titles. Not everyone will know what DES/FAA/PSE I means...
If you are currently involved in the experience - use present tense. If the activity is finished – use past tense.
An effective accomplishment statement consists of four parts:1. A potential problem, opportunity, or issue2. What you actually accomplished3. What you did about it4. Demonstrates how your results benefited the organizationEXAMPLES:
Reduced costs, processing errors (resulting in increased quality, sales, etc.)
Planned a program
Advocated legal rights at a domestic violence shelter by accompanying victims to their cases
Helped to create and implement various programs to teach those between the ages of 13 and 80 to canoe, windsurf and sail
Took the initiative to create a program
Improved a process
Initiated advanced assembly procedures to increase production 10% by reducing turn around time from 5 to 4 days
Planned and scheduled over twenty tours per week, organized and conducted monthly meetings for over 20 tour
Trained new employees in customer service and telephone procedures
Organized campus tours and served on informative panels for prospective students for the past three years
This section represents the
overall scope of your position and
Notice that by adding “key contributions
the reader will be to read more
Having a scope of your job and key accomplishments is ideal, but can be difficult to write
If you are not able to come up with specific accomplishments, you can bullet your experience
Type Your Professional Experience
Typically appears at the end because your work experience really is the lead in your resume
List schools attended for your degrees awarded or in progress
Dates are optional. If you add a date to your education the reader may be able to determine your age
Include professional development or relevant training. You may want to review your Arizona Government Transcript for your coursework.
Type your Education and Training
Include relevant information such as:
Licenses & certifications
Foreign Language Abilities
Awards & Recognition
Community involvement and volunteer positions
Note: This is an excellent way list multiple positions with one organization
Make sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors
Absence of personal pronouns
Appropriate tense in statements
Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
Short descriptive phrases begin with action words
Qualified and quantified descriptions
Dated entries listed in reverse chronological order
Categories arranged with most relevant information first