Writing that Resume`

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Many a great Resume has been written replete with goals and career prospects yet the interviews just don’t come. Many people write Résumés that seem good to them but prospective employers don’t even take the time to look at them. How can you get an employer to take the time to review your qualifications and see just how good you are? Employers are busy people and when a Human Resources manager has to wade through 500 Résumés you can rest assured that very early on they will weed out the wordy applications.  Next a manager wants to know what you can do for the business and they are not interested in how you want to further your career, or what your projected goals are for the next 10 years or so. They want to know what you can do to make their business look and perform better. Below is a pro-forma of a Resume` that I have developed and found that answers most questions before they are even asked.

Résumé is a word that means ‘brief’ or a quick view of a Curriculum Vitae which is a detailed view at the course of your working life, so to make it convenient you should be able to fit your Resume` on one sheet of paper. At the most, you should have two sheets that can be printed back to back.

The Process

  • In the top centre of the page type the word Résumé in capital letters.
  • In the top left hand corner of your page two spaces down you should have an area subtitled, (Personal Details), where you put all your relevant details.
  • Next you should have a subtitle of your formal qualifications, that is, degrees and certificates that you hold.
  • Here you should detail all of your working experience beginning from the most recent.
  • The HR manager is not interested in what you think you can do he wants to know what you have done successfully. Remember, they look for longevity in a position as well as responsibility.
  • Next you should put a subheading for Skills. This is things that you are good at, or qualified for that make you an interesting person and useful to the company to which you are applying.
  • Next put a subheading of Hobbies and Interests, basically so the manager can see that you have a life outside of working.
  • Finally most employers will require at least three Character Referees who can attest to your character. Usually they do not want relatives included here.
  • When you have finished you should have approximately one page summing up all of your experience and abilities. When you are finished it should look something like the example below.

RÉSUMÉ

Personal Details:

            John Citizen

            43 Stewart Street

            Pittsburgh PA 34589

            D.O.B. 08 – 20 – 1968

            Phone: 281-345-9087

            Cell:     281-465-7865

            Email: ?

        URL:    ?

Qualifications:

            Master of Arts (TESOL) UNC Chapel Hill

            Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) UNC Pembroke

            Certificate of Baseball Umpires of America (1995)

            Certificate of Computer Technology Pope Community College

            Certificate of American Soccer Federation Referees Association

Work Experience:

                        Employer                                Position                                   Duties

2001 – 2009    Hull Community College           Lecturer                                   English Comp

1994 – 2000    Carter County Schools               Teacher                                    English Lit

1991 – 1994    Barker County Schools               Teacher                                    Language Arts

1987 – 1990    Burger King                                   Manager                                   Rosters, keys

1984 – 1986    MacDonald’s Rest.                      Cook, Cleaner                          Cooking/clean 

Skills:

            Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, French, German

            Other: PADI Advanced Scuba Diver, DAN 1st Aid Cert, Sports, Creative Writing,       Copy Writing, Guitar

Hobbies & Interests

            Reading, Creative Writing, Languages, Sports, Sciences, History

Referees:

            Rev Lester Hasbury, Pittsburgh Baptist Congregation, PA USA, 287-576-9876

            Mr. William Smith, Principal Pine High School, Barker, PA, USA 384-890-1235

            Dr. Mary Johnson, General Practice Physician, Barker PA, USA    383-876-4576

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