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Assembling a Resume

to Support a Job Application

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A résumé is all about getting your foot in the door by advertising yourself - who you are and why you're the best person for the job - to a potential employer. In order to stand out from other applicants, it is important to make a great first impression on paper.

DO tailor your résumé to the specific job.Highlight the skills and experiences you have that relate specifically to the position.

DON'T lie. A résumé should always emphasize the positives but should never talk up something that you haven't done or don't know how to do.

DO write a cover letter. Find out the contact name of the person to whom you should send your résumé, and address your cover letter to their attention. Applications that aren't directed to the appropriate person often wind up in the garbage. A cover letter should explain why you are sending your resume, why you are interested in the job, and convince the reader to look at your resume.

DON'T be too general. When giving examples of your achievements, make sure you include quantifiable results. For example, if you mention the charity car wash you organized, include attendance figures and the total amount raised.

DO be concise, clear and direct with your language and use lots of action words to describe your experience and accomplishments. A résumé is a marketing tool, not a biography. Flowery, run-on sentences are sure to get your résumé tossed aside.

DO include an objective and skill summary including any CO-OP experience, leadership in extra curricular activities & sports, whether at school or in the community.

DON'T forget to have your résumé proofread. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are sloppy and careless. Run a spell check on your computer, get a relative or friend to review your résumé for grammatical errors and then have a third person proofread it and correct misspelled words and awkwardly-worded sentence.

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What information should be included?

Information that should be on your Resume

Important Information you should include:

Name:
Address:
Phone: day and evening or where messages can be taken
E-mail-fax:

Career Objective:
Let the employer know what job you want and where your career path is heading. Whatever you write should be positive, concise and specific.

Summary of Qualifications:
List specific skills, qualities or achievements that relate to your job objective and that you want the employer to notice immediately. Items, such as the following, are examples of the type of useful information to include:

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Education: List any diplomas or certificates you've received as well as highlighting any courses or training you completed that relate directly to the job.

Demonstrated Skills and Abilities:
Highlights your skills and abilities to ensure that they will be noticed. You want to answer the employer's question: "What can you do for us"? Present your skills according to the job description and include those which are relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are looking for an administrative job you may list skills such as any office experience you've had as well as the communication skills or computer knowledge you possess. Each statement should be backed-up with an example focusing on where you have used these skills. You may be asked to expand upon your skills in an interview.Note: The following information will be presented differently according to the format you choose.

Employment History:
You can include paid as well as unpaid work. Always, though, include, dates of employment, your position/title along with each company's name.

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Fluently bilingual, English, French
Over six years experience as an administrative assistant
Excellent work processing skills, proficient in MS Word, Word Perfect, Loutus.
Strong communication skills and effective listener.

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