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what should i include when filling out a resume?

what things/subjects should i put into my resume to insure that i get the spot of employment/stand out from everybody else that has applied for the position #job-application #job-search #resume-writing

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John’s Answer

Hi Jose, first lets identify Do's and Don'ts of a resume.

Here a list of the Don'ts

√ It isn’t a log of your job history.
√ It isn’t a summary of skills.
√ It isn’t going to automatically get you a job.

Think of your resume this way: It’s an advertisement, and you are the product. Your goal is to get hiring managers to buy into your skills.
Remember simply having a resume isn’t enough to get you an interview, you need market your skills.

Here a list of Do's to create a winning resume

√ Contact Information – Contact details must be outlined near the top.
√ Resume Objective – Use this a introduction of your job-seekers goals (tailor this section of your resume to each employer).
√ Work Experience – For this format, you must have a consistent work history (or one that isn’t too patchy).
√ Additional Skills – Your skills section can still be used to highlight personal attributes you’re proud of (again tailor this for each employer).
√ Education – Your degree(s) and certifications (if relevant) should be prominent.
√ Accomplishments – Be sure to mention your most impressive awards and honors.

Hope this Helps Jose

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Blake’s Answer

Most recent job history and references.

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Hanleigh’s Answer

Hi! First, you do not need to include a summary or an objective. Your experiences should include 3-5 robust descriptions about relevant skills and accomplishments acquired on the job. I think any experience like internships, organizational leadership, jobs, and many other positions can be great experiences to include on your resume. Remember, not all of your experiences have to be a traditional job. You also have an opportunity to include any volunteer, awards, and education.

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Carole’s Answer

Hi Jose: Good Question!1. Obviously, you must have name, address, phone#, e-mail address; 2. Career Summary a few lines of explaining what you have done and what you would like to do. The Qualifications Area on your resume should give the interviewer an idea of what you have done such as: Career Counselor, Coach ,Manager, Coordinator for workshops etc., 4. your experience gives them name of company, dates that you work and what you did.(This area should show what skills you have and how you would be a good fit for this company.); Your education should also be known to the reader and if you took special classes in the area that the company wants, you make provide that for sure and let them know that your skills will be beneficial to this company and how.; 5 If you have special award of any kind list them under awards or if in education list them under education.6. In listing education put the name of school and the dates you were enrolled, and if you are/or were in college put your major and if you graduated put what sort of degree you have. 7. There are several books that you can use for checking out the different way to set up a resume and you can find those in the library, or on line just type in: HOW TO SET UP A RESUME!

Carole recommends the following next steps:

Before you start going on interviews it would be a good idea to go through some questions that the interviewer might ask: the book that I use is called "The 250 Job Interview Questions. Very important book, because you will have more knowledge of how to answer the question for the interviewer. by Peter Veruki
If you want to check out a good Resume Book is titled "175 High Impact resume" and it is set up for all different careers, such as: finance, teaching, technical, human resources and many more. This book will also give some ideas of the process for getting an effective resume.
If you do some of the points that I suggested, I am sure you will have a great resume, and feel confident when you go on an interview. GOOD LUCK WITH THE JOB HUNTING

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Sandra’s Answer

Hi, Jose,

Your resume is often your first impression when applying for a job, so you want to make sure it puts your best foot forward.  My best advice is that your resume won't necessarily be the same when applying for Job A as it will be when applying for Job B.  That doesn't mean that you make stuff up!  The main parts will remain the same (education, experience, skills), but you will want to tailor the details to the job you are applying for.  Some of your experience will be more relevant to certain positions than to others. 

When listing your experience, include volunteering if you haven't had many jobs yet to list.  Make sure that in addition to a list of responsibilities, you include accomplishments for each position.

If you are applying online, keep in mind that many Applicant Tracking Systems use keyword recognition to prioritize applicants.  Look for keywords in the job description and make sure your resume reflects those same keywords.

I hope this helps!

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Kim’s Answer


I used to work at the Texas Workforce office helping folks find jobs. I put together these tips. Basically, you stand out first by being neat and spelling correctly. Beyond that, you want to show that you can do what the job requires. That means you read the job description and, to the best of your ability, show that you have done what they are asking for. You also want to show that you understand business is all about making or saving money. See this link for my hints, resume websites and a template, etc. Let me know if you have questions!


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Simeon’s Answer

If you have any relevant experience, make sure that it is near the beginning and is clear and easy to read. If it's relevant experience, add some bullet points about your responsibilities. Make sure to list ones that will be relevant to the position you're applying for. Same thing for education. List your education and add bullet points for any classes that are relevant to the job you're applying for.