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The Resume

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Resume Basics

A resume should provide a focused, positive and accurate review of your work experience, skills, and education.

The intent of your resume is to market your abilities and get an interview.

Your resume is a presentation- provide structure and craft a cohesive message. A resume that portrays twenty or more things you have done is not effective. Instead, select three or four core competencies and build resume content:

The Chronological resume is the employer preferred format and should be used. It presents employment history in reverse order (most recent experience first), followed by education.

The functional resume is useful for individuals who are returning to the workforce after a period of time or recent graduates who lack formal work experience.Please refer to example below.

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Resume Design

I. Summary with three key sections:

II. Professional Experience

III. Education, Training

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Summary

Create several versions of your resume, each tailored to the type of position sought. If you are applying for a specific job, research the position and company. Focus on the job requirements, and highlight your qualifications as they reflect the hiring company’s needs.

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Chronological Resume Examples

Summary Statements:

Non-college: Senior Technician with ten years experience in assembly of electronic parts and components, consistently meeting quality and productivity goals. Strengths in teamwork, team leadership and problem-solving to improve daily operations. Proficient in use of software for manufacturing operations.

Recent graduate: College graduate with training in Operations Management and Logistics.Experience includes sales, customer service and operations support in retail electronics and general merchandise. Proficient in Operations Management and Logistics software applications.

Fifteen+ years experience: Purchasing/Operations professional with three years experience in full cycle procurement of chemicals and materials for production of ink products, plus thirteen years in operations and service assignments. Strengths in sourcing, vendor relations, project management, contract negotiation and cost containment to meet margin goals. Technical competencies in process improvements/automation, installation/repair of commercial/industrial equipment, production of metal fabrication and machining processes products.

Twenty+ years experience: Retail Buyer/Merchandiser with experience in sourcing, product development, product marketing, and rollout of national merchandise campaigns for success in the marketplace. Strengths include:

Extensive international travel experience to Asian and European countries, coupled with fluency in Spanish language. Proficient in MS Word, MS excel and retail systems applications.

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Resume Format for Experience

Since the details of resume content would consume too much space, here’s the layout for presenting work history:

Company name, city, state               years of service

Job title

(optional) one line statement of duties

(repeat through work history)

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The Functional Resume

Name [Phone number]

[Street Address], [City, ST Zip Code] [E-mail address]

Professional Profile

[Briefly describe your professional background and education relevant to this position.]

  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]
  • [Relevant skill]

Professional Accomplishments

[Field or Area of Accomplishment]

  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]

[Field or Area of Accomplishment]

  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]

[Field or Area of Accomplishment]

  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]
  • [Achievement]

Work History

[Job title]

[Company Name], [City, ST]

[years of employment]

[Job title]

[Company Name], [City, ST]

[years of employment]

[Job title]

[Company Name], [City, ST]

[years of employment]

[Job title]

[Company Name], [City, ST]

[years of employment]

Education

[Degree]

[School Name], [City, ST]

[under 10 years, year of graduation]

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Resume Details

For more effective presentation, consider the following points:

 

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