resumes - writing RESUMES A resume is a summary of your...

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Quickly and succinctly capture an employer’s attention and interest. Most employers spend 15-20 seconds reviewing a resume. Emphasize and quantify accomplishments rather than just listing responsibilities. Try to add in facts and figures whenever possible. For example: “Designed and delivered math tutoring lessons to a group of seven fifth and sixth graders.” Do research and learn to speak the employer’s language. Research the organization to understand any jargon that is particular to the industry or trends that are developing. In addition, research skills required of the job, so as to highlight and promote relevant skills in the resume. Incorporate transferable skills. Although not directly related to the position, most skills are transferable to many positions and important to employers. Be sure to include such skills as: communication, teamwork, building strategic working relationships, organizational, etc., in a resume. A SUCCESSFUL RESUME WILL: o Be specific and quantitative whenever possible o Check the spelling of every word, and be on the lookout for missing words o Be consistent with formatting o Organize your resume in reverse chronological order o Pay close attention to verb tenses in your bullets o Keep your resume no longer than one page o Be truthful about your accomplishments without undervaluing your experiences o Use resume templates from word processing programs, such as MSWord o Use phrases like “Responsible for” and “Was in charge of” o Say what you were supposed to do; say what you did o Begin bullets with “I” or use complete sentences o Include personal information such as your social security number, age, or nation of origin o List unrelated, minor duties such as “opened mail” or ‘filed documents” o Limit yourself by including only paid experiences A resume is a summary of your education, experience, and skills. Its main purpose is to convince a potential employer to invite you for an interview – to make them want to learn more about you. Resumes are used to screen applicants and determine which candidates have the backgrounds which most closely match employers’ needs. resume DOs DON’Ts writing RESUMES resume
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CONTACT INFORMATION: EDUCATION: BASICS: • Name, address, phone number, and email address should be at the top of the page. • Always include area and zip codes. • For current students, list both a college and home address and phone numbers. SUGGESTIONS: • Be sure your answering machine message and email address are business-appropriate. • If you have roommates or if someone else could be answering your calls, make sure they use proper etiquette and relay the message to you. BASICS: • Begin with your most recent educational experience. Include the degree you expect to earn/ have earned,
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