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Business communication building critical skill 6th module027

Résumés

Module
Twenty Seven
McGraw-Hill/Irwin

Copyright © 2014 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.


Learning Objectives
LO 27-1 Demonstrate reasons for employers to
read your résumé.
LO 27-2 Apply principles for résumé design with
computers.
LO 27-3 Select résumés for different situations.
LO 27-4 Contrast differences among résumé
features.
27-2


Learning Objectives

LO 27-5 Compare similarities among résumé
features.
LO 27-6 Apply principles for appropriate résumé
length.
LO 27-7 Apply principles for electronic résumé
design.
LO 27-8 Apply principles for video résumé
design.
27-3


Résumés
 Résumé
 a persuasive summary
of your qualifications
for employment

27-4


Allocating Time in Writing Résumé

27-5


How can I encourage the employer to
pay attention to my résumé?
 Do more than just list what you’ve done.
 Emphasize achievements that
 Are the most relevant to the job.
 Show your superiority over other applicants.
 Are recent.

 Use industry jargon and buzzwords.

27-6


How can I encourage the employer to
pay attention to my résumé?


 Include skills that are helpful to almost
every job.
 Design one résumé for people, the other for
electronic scanning.
 Consider using a career objective with the
employer’s name.

27-7


Using a Computer to Create Résumés

27-8


What kind of résumé should I use?
 Chronological résumé
 Summarizes what you did in reverse order.
 Is the traditional résumé format.
 Is used to show a logical preparation for the job
or a steady progression leading to the present.

27-9


What kind of résumé should I use?
 Skills résumé
 Emphasizes the skills you’ve used
 Is useful when your job history does not directly
lead to the kind of job you’re applying for.

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How do the two résumés differ?

27-11


How do the two résumés differ?

27-12


Chronological Résumés
 Include for each job






The position or job title.
The organization.
The city and state.
The dates of employment.
Details such as full- or part-time status, job
duties, special responsibilities, or promotions.

27-13


Chronological Résumés
 Normally, include jobs as far back as the
summer after high school
 Use minimal detail
about low-level jobs.

27-14


Chronological Résumés
Too vague: Sales Manager, The Daily Collegian,
University Park, PA, 2008–10.
Supervised staff; promoted ad
sales.

27-15


Chronological Résumés
Good details: Sales Manager, The Daily Collegian,

University Park, PA, 2008–10.
Supervised 22-member sales staff;
helped recruit, interview, and select
staff; assigned duties and scheduled
work; recommended best performer
for promotion. Motivated staff
to increase paid ad inches 10% over
previous year’s sales.
27-16


Action Verbs for Résumés

27-17


Skills Résumés
 Use as headings the skills used in or aspects
of the job you’re applying for.
 For entries under each skill, combine
experience from paid jobs, unpaid work,
classes, activities, and community service

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Skills Résumés
 Use headings that reflect the job you’re
applying for.
 Logistics rather than planning; procurement
rather than purchasing.

 Use at least three headings related to the
job you’re applying for.

27-19


A Skills Résumé for Someone
Changing Job Fields

27-20


What parts of the two résumés
are the same?

27-21


Keywords for Sample Jobs

27-22


What should I do if the standard
categories don’t fit?
 Create headings that match your
qualifications:
 Computer Skills, Military Experience, Foreign
Languages, Summer and Part-Time Jobs,
Marketing Experience, Achievements Related to
Career Objective.

 Put your strongest categories near the top
and at the bottom of the first page.
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Should I limit my résumé to
just one page?
 A one-page résumé is sufficient, but do fill
the page.
 The average résumé is now two pages
 If you do use more than one page, the
second page should have at least 10 to 12
lines.

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How do I create a scannable résumé?
 Use a standard typeface
 Use 12- or 14-point type
 Use a ragged right margin rather than full
justification
 Don’t italicize or underline words
 Don’t use lines, boxes, script, leader dots, or
borders.
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