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Resume Writing Assignment


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Gather Your Information

STEP1:  GATHER YOUR INFORMATION

Gather the information needed to write an effective resume

Click on the following link to print a copy of the Resume Worksheet at:

Resume Worksheet

Education

STEP 2.  EDUCATION

Record your education.  If you are currently a student, consider presenting the experience from a goal perspective, such as:

A.A. Liberal Arts   
Santiago Canyon College        In Progress

or

A.A. Business Administration    
Santiago College                     In Progress

Transfer Program

B.A. Business Administration Marketing   California State University Fullerton

Work Experience

STEP 3:  WORK EXPERIENCE

Record your job title, the company in which you were employed, and the job tasks.

NOTE - just list the work components at this time; the descriptions will be developed later in the resume writing assignment.

Make a list of your work experiences; include child or adult care, school or church activities or projects, internships, volunteer experiences, helping in a family business, hobby activities, fund raisers, etc.  Enter each work experience as a job title in the form.

Break these work experiences down into job functions and list them in the comment box labeled "detailed job description"; the descriptions will be developed later in the resume writing assignment. 

For example:  major duties of a secretary may include components of: receptionist, typing, data entry, forms designer, public relations, trade show coordinator, travel agent, bookkeeper. 

Your work history does not have to be paid experience.  Include whatever you can think of if you have limited paid work experiences.  When you gather the data you may be surprised at what skills you do have.

TIPS:

If you assist a supervisor directly, review the supervisor position.  You may be able to include some of the duties of the supervisor's job by prefacing the work experience with:  Assist supervisor in ...   Add these experiences to your list.

Many jobs require some clerical and look for employees who organize and pay attention to detail so consider including some administrative task experiences in your resume even if administrative is a small part of your responsibilities.  Don't forget the balancing of cash registers and bank deposits that are often a part of the responsibilities of a counter worker.

Also anyone working directly with the public has an unwritten job duty in public relations.  Showing your employer that you understand this can be very impressive.

Personal Characteristics

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STEP 4.  PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Review the * SCANS Skills by clicking on the link below and identify and list personal characteristics you possess that are transferable to another job. 

SCANS Skills

For example:
Personal Characteristics:  Excellent Time Management Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Decision Making Skills, Team Player and Independent Worker, Problem Solver

Think of others such as:  Honest, Ethical, etc.

Job Descriptions

STEP 5:  JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Then find and printout job descriptions of your work, volunteer, and internship experiences you have done from O*NET and/or other sources
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O*NET
http://online.onetcenter.org/ 
(see ** Sample O*NET Job Listing for Secretary)

Occupational Guides

http://www.calmis.ca.gov/htmlfile/subject/guide.htm

TIP:  If you are not able to find an exact match, look for related occupations.  Also break down your job functions into major job duties and print those out.  For example:  major duties of a secretary may include components of: receptionist, typing, data entry, forms designer, public relations, trade show coordinator, travel agent, bookkeeper.

The output will give you words, phrases, and sentences to use in your resume.  You can precede the sentences with: 
Responsible for ...     Additional duties include...     and your action words.

If you assist a supervisor directly, print out the supervisor position.  You may be able to include some of the duties by prefacing your sentence with:  Assist supervisor in ...

Click here for a Sample O*NET Job Listing for Secretary.

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Computer Literacy


STEP 6.  COMPUTER LITERACY

Knowledgeable in selecting equipment and tools, applying technology to specific tasks, and maintaining and troubleshooting technologies.

List all computer hardware and software you are familiar with. 

For example: 
PC Windows XP Professional  HP Scanner, Brothers FAX
Microsoft Office: WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS  Publisher  PowerPoint  Outlook  FrontPage 
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Also list any special software used in the industry in which you worked such as inventory software or bank processing software.

Complete your resume worksheet.

Make a list of bulleted task descriptions and then describe your work experience in paragraph form using your personal characteristics key words. 

For example:
Worked independently on project AAA.  Worked as a team member on project BBB.  Trained new staff.  Work well with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Focus Your Resume

STEP 7.  JOB DESCRIPTION FOR RESUME FOCUS

Find and printout job descriptions from O*NET and/or other sources
matching the title of the job that is the focus of your resume:

O*NET
http://online.onetcenter.org/

This information is also available in SCC's Career Center in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles books.  Call Dora Bright, the Career Center specialist, in the SCC Counseling Resource Center D-106 for guidance.

Replace as much of the wording in your work history that matches the task descriptions of the target job with the wording in the target job description as possible.  In other words, your resume should reflect the tasks of the target job wherever there is some match.

Return to the Workshop Instructions

STEP 8.  RETURN TO THE WORKSHOP INSTRUCTIONS

Resume Writing Workshop

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