The word resume is a French word, now used in English that means summary. In the American job market, you must represent yourself on paper. The resume is your calling card. Its purpose is to attract the interest of the prospective employer. It can be your ticket into the interview. That’s why people often have more than one resume. They choose the most appropriate one for each job that they apply for.
Your resume should show the employer how your skills match the job you are applying for. It should give the employer a sense that you would be a good investment for the company. To be effective, your resume should:
1. emphasize your accomplishments – not just your job titles and responsibilities, but also the results you obtained;
include only the work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for;
be easy to read and not too wordy;
have no spelling, grammatical or typing errors.
The following is an outline for an effective resume:
Heading. Name, address, and telephone number in the upper left/right hand corner or upper middle of the page. Include zip code and telephone area code.
Professional Objective and Summary. This can be very important. This is your goal around which all other items in the resume involve: include only your immediate goal. Be specific with a job title or a clear description of your area of interest. Sometimes a brief summary of your qualifications is helpful.
Professional Experience. List by chronology or function, according to what is most appropriate for your background. Give a description of what you did, your accomplishments, a sample of significant that you did. Use action verbs like: planned, organized, developed, and managed.
Education. Use the comparable American degrees wherever possible.
Personal Data. Give your immigration or residence status and state that your employment is authorized. List the languages you are fluent in, making sure to indicate your native language and English!
Be prepared to rewrite your resume on the basis of information you gain from first few interviews or contacts. Pay attention to the questions you are asked and any comments about your experience. Use this information to improve your resume. Remember, your resume is you.
Task 2. Answer the questions:
Why do people often write more that one resume?
What is meant by professional objective or job objective?
When should you be prepared to rewrite your resume?
Task 3. Look through the newspaper and select a job you’d like to apply for. Write your resume.