Unit 3 ORGANIZING THE WRITING OF YOUR RESUME

Unit 3 ORGANIZING THE WRITING OF YOUR RESUME

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Unit 3
ORGANIZING
THE WRITING OF YOUR RESUME


A
resume may be the one item that gets you an offer for a job interview. It is the
first impression the employer will have of you. Your qualifications, your
experiences, and the way you organize and present yourself on paper will be
determining factors when choosing you over all the other applicants for
consideration. And, you may not have a second chance; consequently, the resume has
to be your «ticket» in the door.


A
resume is a summary of your qualifications and experience and will be used as a
sales device to honestly sell your skills more effectively than other applicants
sell theirs.


There
are two kinds of resumes: chronological and skills. A chronological resume
summarizes what you did in a time line (starting with the most recent events and
going backwards in reverse chronology). It emphasizes degrees, job titles, and dates.
Use a chronological resume when
a) your education and experience are a logical preparation for the position
for which you’re applying; b) you have impressive job titles, offices, or honors.


A
skills resume emphasizes the skills you’re used, rather than the job in which or
the date when you used them. Use a skills resume when a) your education and
experience are not the usual route to the position for which you’re applying; b)
you want to combine experience from paid jobs, activities or volunteer work, and
courses to show the extent of your experience in administration, finance, speaking,
and so on; c) you lack impressive job titles, offices, or honors; d) your recent
work history may create the wrong impression.


Although
the resume is a factual document its purpose is to persuade. In a job application
form or an application for graduate or professional school, you answer every
question even if the answer is not to your credit. In a resume, you cannot lie, but
you can omit anything which does not work in your favor.


Resumes
commonly contain the following in formation. The categories marked with an asterisk
are essential.


*
Name, Address, and Phone Number


Career Objective


*
Education


*
Experience


Honors


Activities


References


However,
you have many options. You may choose other titles for these categories and add
categories that are relevant for you qualification: Computer skills, Foreign
Languages
.


If
you have more than seven items under a heading, consider using subheadings. For
example, a student who had a great many activities might divide them into Student
Government, Other Campus Activities
, and Community Service.


Resumes
differ from letters of application in the following ways:



— A resume is adapted to a position. The letter is adapted to
the needs of a particular organization.



— The resume summarizes all your qualifications. The letter
shows now your qualifications can help the organization meet its needs, how you
differ from other applicants, and that you have some Knowledge of the organizations.



— The resume uses short, parallel phrases and sentence
fragments. The letter uses complete sentences in well-written paragraphs.


RESUME

Shirley
A. Connors


1313
West Scott Street
Home phone: Monroe 6-1231





Des
Plaines, I 11. 60016
Work phone: Financial 6-1200




JOB
OBJECTIVE:


Professional
position as an auditor with a CPA firm and eventual managerial capacity in
such a firm.




MAJOR
QUALIFICATIONS:


University
education in accounting. Four years part-time experience in accounting firm.
Two years assistant manager in drive-in restaurant.




EDUCATION:


Bachelor
of Science degree, de Paul University’s College of Commerce-June 19___



COURSES IN ACCOUNTING:

Elements
Cost Accounting


Principles
Auditing Theory


Interpretation
Auditing Practice


Intermediate
Theory
Taxes I and II


Advanced
Theory
Consolidations


Systems
Governmental Accounting




COURSES
IN RELATED FIELDS:


Business
Law I and II
Corporate Finance


Economics
Money and Banking


Income
Determination
Business Communications


The
Stock Market
Business Report Writing


Marketing
Problems
Ethics




EXPERIENCE:


Martin
and Allen, certified public Accountants


315
West Wabash Avenue


Chicago,
I11. 60604


Period
from October, 19____, June, 19 _____.




Duties:
First Year –proofreading. Remaining three years –member of accounting
staff –auditing: preparing individual and corporate tax returns, both
state and federal: compiling financial statements, reports on examination
and SEC 10-k reports.


Kopper
Kitchen Restaurant


64
East Lake Street


Chicago,
Illinois 60604


Period
from September, 19___, to June, 19___.


Duties:
First year—waitress. Remaining two years—assistant manager at night,
supervising four persons.



Other part-time jobs: Stock person in pet shop; saxophone player in musical combo.

ACTIVITIES,
HONORS, AND ORGANIZATIONS:



National
Honor Society—High School


Des
Plaines Library Art Club


Writer
for De Paul University’s Literary Magazine, «Trajectories»


Winner
of De Paul University’s Art Contest




PERSONAL
DATA:


Physical
details: Age 23: height 5 feet, 6 inches; weight 120 pounds;


health
excellent


Marital
status: Single


Hobbies
and interests: Reading, art, music, sports, and painting.




REFERENCES:


Mr.
John L. Foreman, CPA
Professor Edwin T. Sloan


Audit
Manager
Professor of Accounting


Martin
and Allen
De Paul University


315
West Wabash Avenue
Chicago, I11. 60604


Chicago,
I11 60604







Mr.
Harold S. Jackson
Professor Martin M. Contrant


Kopper
Kitchen Restaurant, Inc.
Department of Finance


1900
East Queen Court
Northwestern University


Chicago,
I11. 60604
Evanston, I11 60200


ACTIVE
VOCABULARY

resume
[‘re(I)zjVmeI]


резюме,
зведення, конспект, підсумок




resume

[rI’zju:m]





resumption





office


to
persuade


option


career
objective


відновлювати,
знову продовжувати, підбивати підсумки

відновлення,
продовження (після перерви), одержання
назад

посада,
обов’язок, функція

умовляти,
переконувати

вибір,
право заміни

мета
діяльності (кар’єри)




USEFUL
EXPRESSIONS

You
lack impressive job titles.


Тобі
бракує службових титулів, що справляють
глибоке враження.

To
work in one’s favo(u)r.


Діяти
на чиюсь користь.

COMPREHENSION
QUESTIONS

1.
What purpose does a resume serve?

2.
Why does the list jobs held in reverse chronological order in a resume?

3.
Should major headings be presented in alphabetic order? Why?

4.
What headings do typically appear on a chronological resume?

5.
If you had little or no experience, which resume would probably be better: a)
chronological or
b) skills?

6.
Five years after graduation, which would probably appear first on a resume:
a) “Education” or b) “Experience”?

EXERCISES
AND PROBLEMS

Ex.
1

List
10 accomplishments that give you the most personal satisfaction. These could be
things that other
people wouldn’t notice. They can be things that you have done recently or
things you did years ago.


Answer
the following questions for each accomplishment.

1.
What skills or knowledge did you use?

2.
What personal traits did you exhibit?

3.
What about this accomplishment makes it personally satisfying to you?

Ex.
2

In
each of the following situations, will a chronological or a skills resume make the
applicant look stronger? How detailed should the applicant be? Briefly defend your
choice.

1.
Gene Di Salvo wants to leave his job as an auditor and find a position in
personnel.

2.
Ron Oliver has been steadily employed for the last six years, but most of the
jobs have been low-level ones.

3.
Andrea Barcus was an assistant department manager at a clothing boutique. As
assistant manager, she was authorized to approve checks in the absence of the
manager. Her other duties were ringing up sales, cleaning the area, and helping mark
items for sales.

Ex.3

As
Your Instructor directs, write a resume based either upon what you have already done
or including things you hope to do before you get your degree.

White
a chronological resume.

Write
a skills resume.

Ex.4

Prepare
a resume for a job you would like to have.




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