Gathering Resume Information 0

Gather Resume Information

Gathering Information For Your Resume

WRITING YOUR RESUME

Several resources follow to assist you in developing your resume. They include a personal biography form, a list of effective action verbs to use in describing your key job responsibilities and a list of useful resume headings.

Personal Biography

If you’ve never had a resume, this will be useful to you in documenting your background, which will also be helpful when you’re completing an application form.

Employment Background

List all of your previous work in reverse chronology (most recent experience first), giving year to year of your employment (months, no longer are necessary to indicate on your resume). Describe key responsibilities using incomplete sentences starting with an action verb. Use extra paper if necessary.

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Work-Related Accomplishments (write five that you are most product of)


Use an action verb like the ones listed below to begin each sentence (see total list of action verbs).

designedincreasedmanagedresearchedimproveddirected
trainedimplementedreduced costssupervisedestablishedwrote
contractedanalyzedsoldorganizedinventedpresented
developedcreatedprepared

For example:

Wrote a training manual which increased operation efficiency 20 percent.

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Education & Development

Post -Secondary: College/Technical School/UniversityDegree/DiplomaYear Graduated or Credits
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Have you taken or are you now taking any extension, adult education or other courses? ____ Yes ____ No

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Membership in Organizations – Past and Present (community, political, cultural, professional, social)

OrganizationHow You Are/Were Involved
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Hobbies/Pastimes/interests – List everything, past and present, even activities that may seem unimportant to your career.

Hobby/Pastime/InterestNumber of YearsDegree of Competence
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Do you see any work-related applications for your hobbies or interests? ____ Yes ____ No

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Headings

Below are some possible resume sub-headings. Choose the headings that will be the most effective for you. Select one heading from each category. Use your imagination and come up with more of your own.

The headings should be in the order in which they usually appear on your resume. The top two groups are optional and may not be particularly relevant for you.

Summary
Highlights
Background
Summary of Background
Profile
Skills Overview
Career Highlights
Achievements
Talents
Accomplishments
Strengths
Areas of Effectiveness
Professional Attributes
Results Achieved
Skills
Capabilities
Employment
Professional Development
Volunteer
References (available on request)
Contrary to wide-spread believe, resumes do not require a career objective, Job Target, Job Goal, Position Applied For, etc. headers. The targeted position, whether a particular competition or general application, is indicated in the accompanying cover letter.Always hold your references and reference letters for the interview stage or when you are requested to provide this information.

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