Employment Research & Resume Writing

Step 1. Conduct a job search for positions available currently in your current field of study. After reviewing no less than five job postings, choose one that you would like to apply for (Please note, I am not asking you to apply in real life!). If you do not have the skill set needed to apply for the position, it is okay to assume that you are applying to be an intern in the role.

Step 2. Draft a personal resume. You are welcome to use the templates that come with Microsoft Word, however, keep in mind that these are widely used so your resume may not stand out as it would if you used your own formatting.

Step 3. Review the course materials on resume formats and do some internet research on your own to look for sample resumes for the type of job you wish to apply for.

Step 4. Revise, edit, and proofread your resume so that it is professional in appearance and appropriate based on your background and the industry you wish to work in. Consider what key words should be on the resume so that it would be selected for interview during a computer generated selection process. PLEASE PROOFREAD! In some companies, a typo on a resume results in the immediate rejection of that candidate. Research what may legally be on a resume for your industry. For example, many industries will not even consider your resume if it has a photo, but including photos is common in some.

Step 5. Once you have completed the revision and editing process, SAVE your resume using the following protocol for the file name Word_Resume_yourfirstname_yourlastname . Upload/Submit your file.

Grading will be based on the following criteria:

Format: Appropriate type of resume format selected for chosen industry (In most cases, a chronological format is appropriate. This is not the case in ALL industries.) Resumes should be easy to follow, visually appealing, and free of clutter. Sections and headings should be logical and easy to understand.

Content: Content should be clearly written and present a TRUE representation of you and your background. Past employment must include title, name of business, and beginning/end dates of employment. Include your current education with an anticipated graduation date. Volunteer experience should be included when appropriate. It is NOT acceptable to include or mention references on the resume. Do NOT include date of birth, personal photo, etc., unless you are applying for an industry that requires/allows this information.

Errors: There should be ZERO spelling, grammatical, typographical, formatting, or any other errors.

Word Formatting: Margins should be no less than 1/2 inch and no greater than 1 inch on all sides. Font size should be 11 or 12 point (name may be slightly larger). Font selected should be common, simple, and consistent throughout (multiple fonts are not acceptable). If bullets are used, they should be simple (no pictures). Resume file name (Word_Resume_yourfirstname_yourlastname) is correct.

Page Count: Resume must fit on one or two full pages.


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