Applying for a Job
The resume is the key to any job search. Although a résumé may not be necessary for entry-level positions, it is still a nice touch that can help set you apart from other job applicants. A resume says, “I am professional, organized, and accomplished.”
It should give the employer an overview of your qualifications. It must include your education, skills, work experience, activities and interests.
Below is a list of the basic information usually found in a résumé. While résumé styles may vary, these sections are always included:
- Contact information: Give your full name, address, phone number with area code and e-mail address at the very top of the résumé. Use only a professional e-mail address, so avoid names such as email@example.com.
- Job Objective: State the job for which you are applying. Be sure to change this information as you apply for other positions.
- Education: List the schools you have attended and the diplomas and degrees that you have earned. If you are still in school, list it as “In progress.”
- W ork Experience: List your work experience starting with the most recent job. Include volunteer work if and when it relates to the position for which you are applying.
- Honors and Activities: Include any honors or awards that you have received or activities that you have participated in that relate to the job for which you are applying.
- Special Skills and Abilities: Identify any skills and abilities you gained in school, on the job or in any other situation. If you have completed special training and received a certificate, you may include it as well.
- References: If your résumé is short, you may include references. If not, state that they are available upon request.
Putting a Spin on Your Résumé
You’re probably thinking, “I’m too young to have a resume,” or you’re worried that you don’t have any experience that would
be appropriate to put on a resume. That’s where you’re wrong! Chances are you have plenty of things that could go on your resume. It’s just a matter of framing it properly.
Think about some of the things you’ve done to help another person. For example, have you ever babysitted before? As a person with babysitting experience, you have the typical skills inherent to a career at a daycare, a nursery, or even a maternity ward in a hospital. But instead of “babysitting,” on a resume you would talk about your experience as a background in “childcare.” You just have to put the right spin on it. Got it?
Your resume summarizes all your education, experiences, and skills. It is an infomercial you put together for yourself. And just like an infomercial, you’re marketing a product: You.
In the world of marketing words are powerful tools. Think about it this way: When a company is coming up with a brand, the first thing they need is a recognizable logo and a catchy slogan. This gives them an edge over the competition. The best
slogans are short and simple, but employ powerful words to convey the product’s desirability.
You are essentially doing the same thing. You are the product you need to market. Words are the tools you will use to market yourself. Here is a list of effective vocabulary to learn and use to market yourself on the resume. Identify the words from the list that accurately convey the special qualities that you possess. (Use a dictionary to define any words that you do not know.)
Use these words as you create your résumé, and remember: put a spin on it!
Directions: Now it’s your turn. The next exercise will give you the opportunity to develop your very own résumé. Using the
example provided on the previous page, create your own resume in the space below.