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Creating a Resume. Competencies. Participants will gain knowledge and skills on how to effectively assist job seekers in obtaining and retaining a meaningful job . Participants will have knowledge of basic job search skills.

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  • Participants will gain knowledge and skills on how to effectively assist job seekers in obtaining and retaining a meaningful job.
  • Participants will have knowledge of basic job search skills.
  • Participants will have knowledge and skills of how to do research using automation


  • Practice Critiquing Resumes
  • Explain Resume Writing Guidelines and Styles
  • Format
  • Guidelines
  • Content
resume formats
Resume Formats
  • Chronological
  • Functional
  • Combination

Always Targeted



  • Widely Used
  • Logical Flow / Easy to Read
  • Shows Skill, Responsibility, & Growth
  • Shows Promotion & Titles
  • Demonstrates Company Loyalty


  • Points Out Employment Gaps
  • Highlights Frequent Job Changes
  • Emphasizes Lack of Related Experience
  • Shows Demotions / Career Set Backs


  • Emphasizes Skills Over Employment
  • Organizes a Variety of Experience
  • Disquises Gaps in Work Record or Series of Short Term Jobs


  • Viewed With Suspicion By Employers
  • De-emphasizes Growth / Job Titles


  • Combines Skills
  • Highlights Most Relevant Skills
  • De-emphasizes Less Relevant Jobs
  • Minimizes Gaps & Unrelated Experience


  • Confusing if Not Well Organized
  • Requires More Effort & Creativity to Prepare
targeted resumes
Targeted Resumes


Personalized to Company

Shows Research

More Impressive

Addresses Employer Needs

Time Consuming to Prepare

Confusing if Not Well Organized

Should Revise For Each Employer


resume components
Resume Components
  • Objective
  • Summary
  • Key Skills / Areas of Expertise
  • Experience / Employment
  • Education / Training
  • Volunteer Experience

An objective statement (in a targeted resume) is a sentence that details the job you are applying for and a company name.

For Example:

Seeking a position as an Assistant Chef with Riverfront Restaurant.


A summary statement provides the business with a snapshot of your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate for the position.


For Example:

A resourceful, results-driven professional with over 7+ years of experience including: project management, sales, marketing support, customer service, and administration. A strong communicator who understands business core values and is adept at building client relationships and providing excellent customer experiences. A life-long learner who has a passion for exploring new aspects of business.

key skills areas of expertise
Key Skills / Areas of Expertise

Also known as Summary of Qualifications, this section emphasizes the main points of a person’s expertise. It is a condensed glance of skills and accomplishments that directly relate to the position.

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Key Skills / Areas of Expertise

For Example:

  • 7+ years successful sales experience
  • Well organized and thorough in completing project in a timely manner
  • Establishes excellent relations with customer, building loyal repeat business
experience employment
Experience / Employment

This section focuses on accomplishments and skills related to the position and company. They should begin with action verbs and can be bullet statements for readability.

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Experience / EmploymentSAR Method

For Example:

Created a team of 10 people to review insurance transactions which improved the accuracy of claims by 55%.

The situation implied is insurance claims were not processed accurately.

experience employment sar examples
Experience / Employment SAR Examples
  • Produced over 15 fashion shows to showcase merchandise. Arranged for photography and design of all advertising images, boosting sales to $600,000.
  • Developed on-line newsletter with staff of three. Newsletters delivered through 3rd party email software, resulting in 400% increase in client interaction.
education training
Education / Training
  • Include relevant training and classes
  • List degrees/certificates
  • Use simple descriptions and bullets
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Education / Training

For Example:

  • B.S. Engineering, Utah State
  • Electro Magnetics, U.S. Navy
volunteer experience
Volunteer Experience
  • Only include extracurricular activities that relate to the position
  • Shows community involvement and locational stability
cover letters
Cover Letters

“Resumes should show you can do the work required, while cover letters should show you want to do the work required”

cover letter tips
Cover Letter Tips
  • Targeted
  • Standard Business Format
  • Don’t Repeat Resume
  • Proofread
  • Examples
  • Ask permission to use someone
  • Inform them of the position you are seeking
  • Make sure they all have professional contact information
  • Give them a copy of your resume
  • Do not include on resume unless requested by company
  • Have several names ready
  • Want to rotate names
  • Use both professional and personal
  • Co-workers, supervisors, vendors or customers, professors, clergy, etc.