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What is a Resume?An effective tool to pave the way for an interviewA clear and appealing picture of yourselfA comprehensive summary of your education, work experience, past achievements and goalsAn expression of your personality, interests, work habits, and attitudesAn opportunity to show your creativity
Tips on Resume WritingResumes should be typedUse point form, not paragraphsAvoid I or My duties included these words and phrases are redundantBe neat; check spelling, grammar, and punctuationPresentation of the resume is important, have plenty of white space, not cluttered, this will give a professional impressionKeep it simple, clear and brief; no more than 3 pages without cover letter
Resumes should have:
Meaningful Language:Appropriate, accurate, consistentProfessionalAvoid abbreviations and acronymsUse positive action words
Steps to a Great Resume Gathering InformationPersonal InformationObjectiveSkills and AbilitiesEducation/Training HistoryWork/Experience HistoryAchievementsVolunteer ExperienceHobbies/Recreation ActivitiesReferences
Personal InformationName, address, telephone number, cell number, and email addressThese are always on the top of the first page of the resume and easy to read
Establishing a Job ObjectiveTarget it to the kind of work you want A generic objective for any job will not prove effectiveIf the objective is too brief or has no focus, do not have one
Skills and Abilities or Summary of QualificationsChoose your top skills that best support you and make you the unique individual you are. This could include:- Education: training or certification in that field- Key skills, talents or special knowledge related to this job- Number of years or months experience in that targeted job fieldFollow it up with your strongest attributes
Education/Training HistoryYou can include things like:ApprenticeshipsRelevant workshops or seminarsCertificates and/or Degrees
Work/Experience HistoryList your most recent job first, then your earlier jobs. Give dates, job titles and the employer Include any unpaid work that fills a gap or show you have the skills for that job
Achievements This is where you can display your awards, honors, and other achievements to exhibit more of yourself
Volunteer ExperienceEmployers are interested in those who contribute to the communityList present and recent past volunteer experience
Hobbies/Recreational ActivitiesInterests/hobbies also can be an indicator of your personality
ReferencesAsk your references before using their name3 references is usually enoughInclude their name, title, company, company address, and phone numberReferences upon request DOES NOT WORK
Choosing Resume StylesThere are many different resume styles and each person must choose the best way to present the information to the employer. There is no absolute right or wrong format or style. There are 3 styles that are used the most.
Chronological ResumeWork experience and education is arranged in order by dates (most recent first)+ Places emphasis on job titles and employment history+ Emphasizes a steady employment history- Exposes job hopping, lengthy stay in one job without a promotion, emphasizes work that may need to be minimized, and appears boring to read, if a number of similar jobs were held
Work experience is described by emphasizing the skills involved. Descriptive details are grouped under relevant heading of expertise+ Focuses on selected areas of accomplishment and experience+ Camouflages a spotty employment record+ Stresses areas of experience and interests+ Allows you to down play areas you wish not to emphasize+Immediately highlights strengths and why you should be consideredDoesnt highlight former employers or dates well
Combination ResumeChronological and Functional formats are combined+ Past employment history along with your responsibilities & accomplishments are emphasized+ Highlights your transferable skills+ Consistent work history with demonstrated growth+ You have nothing you want to de-emphasize
Things not to include in a resumeAge, race, sex, religion, political affiliation, names and ages of children, spouses occupation, any other personal information that is not relevant to your job qualifications.
Do not include salary requirement or salary history on your job resume. Salary should be used as a negotiation tool. Salary discussions usually take place during the end of the job interview.
Finalizing Your ResumeSpell CheckFormatting and layoutSave it on your computer, CD, or memory stickGet a second opinionProofread
Targeting Your ResumeDevelop a core resumeTailor it to every position you are applying forBecome knowledgeable about the job/industry you want (job descriptions, labour market, and talk to people in that line of work)
***Short, Easy to read, Well Organized, and Attractive*Words like provided, accomplished, participated, implemented, organized, installed*You may want your name and page numbering as a header for all your resume pages*You might want to target an auditing position in the company rather that then a accounts payable, accounts receivable, or payroll position.*Example in Resume Writing Package Marty Spencer Simple example, the next one is a more elaborate example*You put your highest level of education. If you have anything higher then grade 12, there is no need to add the grade 12.*Shows you do things for other reasons then just money.*Keep this to 3 or 4.*In Swift Current for sure and most of Saskatchewan references upon request just frustrates the employer.References should not be relatives unless you have actually worked for them. They should be someone that can verify your work ethics.**Sample on page 14 of the Job Search HandBookWhat ever you think will get you the job is what you put first, education or experience.*Sample on page 16 of the Job Search HandBook
*Sample on page 18 of the Job Search HandBook
*I have a master resume with absolutely everything on it, it is 13 pages long. Every time I take a course I put it on. When applying for different positions I can pull on that and not have to remember everything. I use only what is relevant.