Build Your Own Resume

We are going to use Microsoft Office Word 2003 (or 2007), if you do not have the program, go to your local library. Provided below is a list of other things you may need in order to build your resume:

  • Computer
  • Basic computer skills
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003 (or 2007)
  • Printer
  • Work history
  • Certificates
  • Skills
  • References
  • Valid email
  • Working phone number

Step One: Imagine if you will, a resume compiled of a few short sentences for each section, tons of blank space, and extra room to spare. BORING. This resume won’t line you up with a job.

I know you may be thinking, “But, I don’t have any certifications, awards, or tons of skills.” Thinking like this is normal for people who are writing their first resume up, or even their 2nd or 3rd.

You’re resume only looks like this because you aren’t THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. You need to start looking at the bigger picture.

Step Two:Find a computer.

Because there are many types of computers and I don’t exactly know where to find this particular program on each different one, go to your COMPUTER’S search engine (not the Internets).

Search for Microsoft Office Word. It may come up as 2003 or 2007, either one is fine. Open up the program and proceed to the “File” button and go down to click on “New.” 

You’ll either get a column on the right or a pop up window. Either way, you want to look at the list shown for “Resumes.”

Step Three: Clicking on “Resumes.”

This is basically going to take you to a “Resume Wizard,” which is going to help you choose your style and different sections on your resume.

You want a resume that is pretty basic if you don’t think you have a lot of information to put down. You want it to have your name BIG and CENTERED. When a job employer searches through resumes hes going to remember yours because the name really stuck out to him/her.

Only choose the sections that you have information to fill them out with. For example, you don’t want to choose the section “Certifications,” if you have no certifications or awards to list.

Step Four: Address, Email, Phone and Name.

Your address should NEVER be abbreviated in a resume. So, instead of putting “Craig Dr.” you’d want to put “Craig Drive.”

You want the email you put down to be an email account that you actually plan on checking at least 2-3 times a week. This email needs to be clear of spam and used solely for Jobs.

Make sure the email name is appropriate. For instance, you don’t want to put some clever little named email address, you want to seem professional so you should make an email that is your name at whatever host you may choose.

Your phone number should be a WORKING phone number, and a number that you would answer from at any given point of the day. Make sure the answering machine doesn’t sound inappropriate either (Playing a song or some funny little phrase in unacceptable, it should be simple, “Hi you’ve reached ___ I’m not able to come to the phone, but do please leave your name and number.”)

Step Five: Work history, Skills, References, Volunteer work, education etc.

When filling out your work history, you don’t have to get the exact dates right, as long as it’s along the same time you can put something like “May 2007 to May 2008.”

You want to list the last 3 jobs you’ve had, starting it with the most recent.

For your skills you want to list any kind of certifications or awards you may have. Lots of people don’t know what to say when it comes to skills, THINK ABOUT IT. Examples of skills are:

People friendly

Team worker

Group leader

Basic computer skills

Etc.

If you’ve done any kind of volunteer work it’s ALWAYS good to list it. When I say volunteer work, I mean something you did because you WANTED to, not because your probation officer made you.

For references, you don’t have to list them unless you really think you don’t have enough information on your resume to fill the page up. It is suggested that you simply put “References available upon request.” 

You ALWAYS want to have your education listed on your resume. NEVER leave your education out.

If you follow these simple steps and tips, then you should be able to compile a good solid resume and get that job you’ve been looking for.

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