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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

Resume formats cont
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

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


Phone: 604-408-7274 ext. 2046

Address: 28 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 1R6

The Presenter’s Contact Information