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Resume format? - July 29th 2010, 11:20 PM

My friend and I have started applying to colleges and doing all that fun stuff and I was curious if anyone knew of where I could find a resume format?

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Re: Resume format? - August 1st 2010, 04:09 AM


One of my classes had someone come in and speak about this. I don't have a link to give you, but here's what some of the handouts say. Hope it helps. Sorry it's so long.

Purpose: A professional representation of your education, experience and skills. The purpose is to obtain an interview.

Types of resumes:
Chronological - consists of a list of education, job experience and accomplishments. List each section in reverse chronological order starting with current experience. Recommended for students, professionals staying in the same career field. Usually one or two pages long. Most common.

Functional - highlights your professional skills you have gained throughout your career. Recommended for professionals with a variety of work experience/skills, interested in a career change, do not have direct job experience to the postition applying for, or have changed employers frequently or have gaps in employment. 1-2 pages.

Curriculum Vitae - a special type of resume used within academic community to highlight specific work experience as well as research interests and professional development within an academic setting. Recommended for graduate students or those pursuing teaching positions in a college/university.

Resume checklist:
*focuses on most recent/relevant information
*use a professional e-mail address
*print on high quality paper
*be consistent in style and format (usually Arial 12 with your name bold 14)
*avoid using I, me, or my
*avoid listing salary
*be honest, but don't exaggerate/falsify
*avoid acronyms or abbreviations
* don't include personal info such as hobbies, age, or social security number, unrelated interests
*update often
*include relevent unpaid/volunteer experience

Required components:
Contact information
-most current contact infor at top. Use full name, address with zip code, telephone with area code. E-mail is optional/not necessary.

Objective Statement
Usually one complete sentence summerizing the type of position you are seeking. Third person.

Usually, once a higher degree is earned, you can drop the previous. List any study abroad experiences. Write out institution's name, city and state, full degree title and graduation date. Not necessary to list GPA unless it is 3.5 or higher. Start with most current.

Paid/unpaid experinces. List most recent first.
Indicate the company name, city and state, dates of employment (month & year) title of postition.
What I did --> Skills I used --> Results I got

Optional Components:
Awards, academic honors, scholarships, honor societies. Do not include dates or amounts.

Activites (Volunteer)/ Leadership experience
Do not list dates. If you have significant experience use bullet pts

Be specific - fluent, proficient, conversational

Relevant/Significant Courses
For expample - specfic classes you've taken, CPR/First Aide, Life gurad training etc
Just list course title, not numbers

Endorsement in . . .
Example - accountants, and teachers require licensing

Professional Affiliation
To show your involvement in field.

A Summary of your qualifications

Remember -
*use an objective statement if you do not have a cover letter
*if you provide any information, then legally they can ask you about it
*it is not an open book of your life
*if you use bullet pts use at least 3
*have others critique your resume
*focus on skills and achievements
*suggested margins are 0.5 for the top and bottom - 0.9 for the sides
*on cover letter address the contact person by name, avoide 'to whom it may concern' if possible
*references should be provided on a seperate page and only upon request
*avoid 'references available upon request' - it's assumed

Following up
If you don't hear anything within a week it is ok to contact empoyer to see if the position has been filled. Be polite, be persistent.

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