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Résumé

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So what is a resume? Many people think that a resume is simply a list of your education and work experiences. But your resume is actually much more than this. It's very important that your resume be an advertisement of who you are. It's a chance for you to sell yourself, your education, and your work experiences and to show off to an employer that you might be the best candidate for the job. When an employer looks at your resume, they'll see that you have the work and educational experiences that they're looking for, so it's important for you to sell yourself and your resume. Perhaps you'd like to see samples of resumes and what they may look like. On the PEPNet website you can look for the Getting a Job video series. And there you'll find a link entitled Supporting Documents. By clicking on the word resume, you'll bring up a number of different sample resumes that will help you in starting to create your own resume. Let's talk about what the purpose of a resume is. Many people seem to think that the purpose of a resume is to get you a job. To clarify, the reality is, the purpose of a resume is not for getting a job. It's for getting you an interview. Your resume must show the employer that you're right for the job, based on your skills and your education, and this should make the employer want to bring you in for an interview. When an employer is reviewing your resume, they feel that you are not the right fit for the job, they'll eliminate your resume from the pool of applicants, and they'll make that determination within 30 seconds. So it's a very short time for you to impress them with your resume. Now, how should you begin making a resume that will lead you to an interview? The first thing you need to do is focus on the position that you're interested in, and that means everything on your resume needs to show that you are the right person for that particular job. Your resume should list your skills and abilities, your education, whether you graduated high school, gone on to vocational training or college. And from your resume, you want to show the employer that you are, in fact, the best candidate for the job. In the job description, it should list the duties of that particular position. And you can see what the employer is looking for in hiring a person for that position. You can also look online to see what types of duties and responsibilities there are in that particular position. In addition, you can talk to any number of people who have worked in that type of job. You can get a sense of the job duties and responsibilities from them. The more information you can gather about the position and what the employer is looking for, the better you will be able to tailor your resume to the specific job description. I would strongly encourage you to develop something called a master resume. This will describe your work history, your skills and abilities, and your educational experiences in one document called the master resume. And this will be helpful to you because as you create new resumes, you can tailor them to the specific jobs you're applying for, based on the information contained within your master resume. In your resume, you want to show off your accomplishments, perhaps awards that you've received on the job or promotions that you have had at work. Really, anything that shows a history of good job performance should be included in your resume. Now, if you happen to be a first time job seeker, this can be strange because you really have no work experience. However, what you can do is list extracurricular activities, such as clubs or sports that you've been involved in or volunteer activities that you have participated in. It's critical that there be absolutely no errors whatsoever on your resume. This includes spelling as well as grammatical errors. These types of errors will disqualify you. It's also important, once you've created your resume, to have family members or friends proofread your resume. Along your job search, you'll be collecting a number of different documents which you should be compiling in your Job Search Portfolio. Likewise, your master resume, as well as your specialized customized resumes, should be included in your Job Search Portfolio. When creating a resume, let's talk about some things that you should do and some other things that you should not do. First, let's talk about the things you should do. You should provide your contact information, whether it's a pager or e-mail address or videophone number. You should also include a list of job references. However, these should be listed on a separate paper and not included in your standard resume. You also should ask someone to proofread your resume and make sure that it is just right. Now that we've talked about the things that you should do in your resume, let's look at some things that you should avoid. You do not want to include personal information, such as your age, your social security number or you marital status on your resume. You should also not list reasons that you've left a previous job, whether you quit or were laid off or let go. Another thing you should avoid is when creating your resume, you may go from one to two pages. But you really want to limit it to that. A resume should only be two pages long at most. And finally, you should not lie on your resume. It's best for you to be truthful with all the information that you provide. This may disqualify you from being hired for the job. But that's alright. Because if you were to lie on your resume and be hired into a position only to have the employer discover your lie, it would be grounds for having you fired from the position, and its better to not have lied in the first place.

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What is the purpose of the resume? This segment focuses on tailoring a résumé for a specific job posting. Viewers also learn what belongs on a résumé and the best format to use. Part of the "Getting a Job" series.

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