Writing Handbook :
write resumes for various reasons. The most common one is to apply for new jobs.
However, resumes are often used to apply for promotions within an organization,
or to provide the employer with important information when a position is
reclassified. Whatever your reason for writing a resume, its basic purpose is
the same: to communicate your experience, skills, and education related to a
specific position to an employer. In short, resumes are a marketing tool.
Think of your resume as a promotional flyer designed to get you an interview.
resume is not an autobiography, or a place to report every experience you have
had. It is a place to report the qualifications you have which relate to a
specific position. Writing a targeted, effective resume is time consuming,
however, it's not as difficult as many people think. The most important thing to
remember is that there is no one right way to do it. Your resume will be as
individual as you are.
reading this booklet and attending the resume workshop at Student Employment
Services, if you feel you need additional help with your resume, put together a
working copy and make an appointment to have one of our employment coordinators
first step in resume writing is to identify all of your skills, attributes, and
experiences. This is not always easy to do as people tend to be modest and to
overlook their own skills. In this case, however, it is important to "blow
your own horn" and not to underestimate yourself.
approach to getting started is to write down everything you have done. You might
make headings such as volunteer work, paid work, education, awards, memberships,
extra-curricular activities, and special skills, and then list all your
experiences under the appropriate heading. This is a good way to ensure that you
don't forget anything.
reason to start by listing your experience is that it will help you to identify
your skills. Once your experience list is complete, look at each item on your
list, and ask yourself "What could I have learned by doing this?"
"What skills did I develop?" Then, simply list the skills as they
occur to you. Some of these skills will have been developed through work
experience or extra-curricular activities, and others through your education.