If you already have a resume from a previous class, use this new knowledge to update your details and ensure you’ve included all the necessary parts.
At the end of this section, you should have a completed resume created in Word (or PowerPoint). Read the information below, then move on to the project, using the information you’ve learned.
- Know Yourself
- Know Your Audience
Brainstorm what skills and experiences you have in a Microsoft Word document. Be sure to include dates. Think about:
- Work experience
- Volunteer experience
- Academic honors
- Extra curricular activities
- Special skills
- Your objective for writing a resume.
What are you trying to convey?
Know Your Audience
What you created in the Know Yourself section is a great starting point. It represents the baseline of your skills, experience, and achievements. What we have to do now, is tailor that to your audience. It’s common to have multiple resumes tailored to different industries, or even individual job opportunities. It is important to ask yourself “what is it my audience is looking for?”
When you create your resume,
- Ask yourself “what is the reader thinking”
- Are they thinking what I want them to think?
Project: Putting it all Together
Now, use Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to create and format your resume. Consider your examples and the sections covered in part two. Create a draft and ask yourself, are my three Fs from part one clear? To format your resume, you can get creative and make your own layout, or you can use a pre-made Microsoft template. 🙂
Something fun: You can look at my high school and college resumes in the V: drive. Ah!
What should your resume include? It should have your real information and it should have at least 1 reference.
Turning it in
At this point, you should have three unique parts, all saved in your U: drive.
- Part one: Three Fs worksheet.
- Part two: Two examples.
- Part three: Completed resume.
You can find an example of an acceptable final submission in the V: drive. Print each, staple them together, and put them on my desk!
You should save a copy of your resume on your own USB or by emailing it to yourself. You may print one extra copy for yourself, as well.