RESUMES What is a resume?
What are resumes used for? What are the main categories on a resume? What do you put on a resume? What should you tell employers about yourself?
A Resume is…. • A resume is a short point-form document that you give to employers (1-2 pages in length). • It tells them about your work experience, education and skills. • Employers will expect you to have a resume. • There are lots of experiences, skills and interest areas that you can put on a resume even if you do not have a lot of work experience.
Do not include sensitive information such as bank account information, SIN.
What Should be Included on a Resume? • 1) Personal Information - Name, Address, Phone • Number, Email Address • 2) Job Objective • 3) Personal highlights, skills, awards • 4) Employment experience (relevant experience) • 5) Volunteer Experience • 6) Education • 7) Interests / Activities • 8) Reference Statement (References Available Upon Request) **Reference list should be included on a separate page not with actual resume
Personal Information • Your name, written in full • Your address, written out in full, without abbreviations. • Your home or cell phone number with area code and a contact number for messages if you don't have an answering service.
Personal information • Homer J. Simpson • 14 Evergreen Lane • Springfield, Ontario NON O20 • Tel: 519-287-4566 • email@example.com WRITE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Job Objective • In one sentence, describe your job objective. • This tells the employer exactly what type of work you're looking for. • Try to link your objective to the job you're applying for.
Job Objective • To obtain a position as a mattress tester. WRITE YOUR JOB OBJECTIVE IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Personal Highlights & Skills • List the special abilities and skills that relate to the job you're applying for. • They can be from paid work, volunteer experience school and even hobbies. • You have more skills than you think - even if you've never worked at a job before. • Don’t forget transferable skills.
Personal Highlights & Skills • General Skills • Punctual • Positive • People person • Specific Skills • Sleep experience • Mattress expert • Customer service skills • WRITE YOUR PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS AND SKILLS IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Education • List your education, starting with the most recent and working backwards. • Include the name and city for each high school you attended (your areas of interest and the years you have completed.) • Don’t include elementary school. • Certificates or diplomas should also be listed, including those for mini courses like a computer or software course, first-aid, small engine repair, etc. • Don’t forget all those SHSM certifications!
Education Springfield High • 1990 • Received High school diploma WRITE YOUR EDUCATION IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Volunteer and Work Experience • List the companies you have worked for • List the locations (city, province) • Add the dates you worked for each job or volunteer position. • Start with the most recent and work backwards • Outline the type of duties you carried out at each job. • Provide no more than 5 duties for each job. • Use actions words and quantities • For example ……. • Babysat two preschool children twice a week. • Prepared daily meals and snacks.
Work Experience • Burns Nuclear Power Plant Foreman 1998 to present Tasks Performed • Remove hazardous waste • First aid treatment • Repair hazard suits • Train employees • Moe’s Bar Server 1996 to 1998 Tasks Performed • Served Drinks • Cleaned bar • Cash duties • Closing up
Volunteer Experience • Springfield Zoo/Cage Cleaner 1994 to 1996 • Springy Orphanage/Diaper Changer 1990 to 1994 WRITE YOUR VOLUNTEER AND WORK EXPERIENCE INFORMATION IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Interests and Activities • Outline a few of your interests and activities. • This gives them an idea of what kind of person you are. Try to mention activities related to the job you are applying for.
Interests and Activities • Hanging out at Moe’s Tavern • Spending time with his family • Travelling • Rod and Gun Club WRITE YOUR INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Accomplishments • Use this section to include such things as the languages you speak, software programs you know, etc. • Include sports awards and honour roll etc. • You can include certificates you have earned. • You may add some of these items under Interests or Education instead.
Accomplishments • Citizen of the Year - 2000 • Nuclear Waste Disposal Training – 2002 • Neighbourhood Watch – 2000-2013 • Parent Council – Springfield Elementary 2008-present WRITE YOUR AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON THE WORKSHEET
Resume Quiz • Do the Quiz at the end of the Resume Worksheet Handout • Take up the answers and discuss CONTINUE TO THE NEXT SECTION ON REFERENCES
REFERENCES Go to the References section of your Worksheet Continue to fill in the blanks.
References • A reference is someone that an employer can contact to find out more about you and your work ethic. • References should not be included in your resume, but you should have them ready on a separate page. • Type the names, job title, company, city and phone numbers of up to three references on a separate piece of paper. Email address may also be • Your reference list should have the same headings and font as your resume. • Get permission to use them as a reference before you give their names. • If you can, give your reference an idea of the type of job you are applying for.
Who Can be a Reference? • Someone from your school (teacher, guidance counsellor, coach); • Someone you've worked for (summer, part-time or volunteer employer); • Someone you've worked for on a casual basis (babysitting, shovelling snow, delivering papers); • Someone who is a friend of the family and can give a personal reference
References ApuNaahshpeemapetilon • Owner • Qwik-E-Mart • 519-679-4321 Seymour Skinner • Principal • Springfield High School • 519-789-3456 Ned Flanders • Neighbour • 519-764-9876 WRITE YOUR REFERENCES IN THE SPACE PROVIDED ON YOUR WORKSHEET