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Resume Writing 101

Miesha Carr

Resume Writing 101

Miesha Carr

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Creating a resume that stands up must include great content. Resume writing is one of the most intimidating steps in the job search. In this self-paced course,  you will learn to detail your work experience, accomplishments, and education for potential employers. This course introduces the fundamentals of your talent assessment and goals. Get ready to professionally compose your resume.

What you’ll learn

  • You will learn the purpose of a resume.
  • Identify what information to include in your resume.
  • You will learn how to format your resume.

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • Experience with any version of Microsoft Word.
  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Who this course is for:

  • Rated: Everyone interested in learning how to compose a resume.

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Miesha Carr


My day-to-day role is coaching and mentoring staff on the successful adoption of processes. Having served as an Operations Support Specialist in my past life gave way to preparing and implementing recruiting strategies for Military Veterans.  As an avid jogger, racing against the clock is a favorite pastime.  A wife, Mom to three, and lover of self-help books, that's me. Hello, I'm Miesha.

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1. Resume Writing 101 : Hello. Welcome to resume writing 101 I am your instructor, My east. Your car. Here's what we're going to talk about today we're going to identify the purpose of a resume . We're going to go over the resume format and the content, and we're gonna talk about what you should include in your resume and what you definitely should not include in your resume. So the purpose of a resume is it serves as your marketing tool. It's a 1 to 2 page document summarizing your skills, abilities and qualifications. It's the first impression of you for hiring manager because it gives higher and managers and overview of what you bring to the table for the organization. I recommend you put your best foot forward. Use this opportunity to brain dump your experiences as you start to write your resume here . Here's a simple format for you. It must be professional and polished again. This is your first time your first impression for hiring managers so you want to be professional and polished upfronts. You want to ensure your resume is ledge a ble. Hiring managers received dozens of resumes, and they spend less than 30 seconds on each resume. Essentially, don't spoil your chances by submitting a resume with grammatical errors, multiple colors or fought too big or too small. Best practices to stick with the basics. The basic fonts, such as times New Roman and she was a font size between 10 and 12 points. Also, if you learn nothing else from this course, remember to tailor your email address to fit a professional tone. An unprofessional email is a sure fire way to get your resonate tossed into the trash. Also, stick to a bullet it format as you go in to describe your work experiences. It gives a clear, concise readability for the higher managers. Using a resume to Bleidt can save you a lot of time as it relates to resume formatting. Google Docks offers templates. Microsoft Word offers templates, and there are several other software programs that can help you with ensuring you meet a professional look. Help you ensuring that your margins are one inch on all sides, that your text is flushed to the left and not centered. So my recommendation to you is to start with a templates from any of those particular Softwares that I just mentioned and it will help you definitely save you a lot of time, because if you start on a blank sheet of paper of just a normal document, you you run the risk of losing that professional look. So basically, my guidance to you is to start with a A resume template of some sort as you start to compose your resume. Whether you're using a templates or not, here's some basic information to include in your resume. First, your contact information. Definitely important. The hiring managers need to know how to get in touch with you in case they want to interview you, ends or offer you the position in question. An optional section is the professional profile. Um, then you move into your work, experience your education and then your accomplishments. I did not include references as a section on this pity in this particular course Onley, because I've found that if you add a sentence such as references available upon request, hiring managers will abide, and if they're interested in the position, they will ask you for those references. Also, I reframe from adding references because we live in a world a digital world where information is obtainable and identity theft is rampant, so I try not to include personal information about other people that I know that are in my Cirque cols such as their name and their phone number, because it then puts them at risk when they don't need to be or they don't. They don't have a reason to be listed on my resume at that point. Essentially, I would not list the references, but again, it's your resume. Do as you see fit just for basic purposes. I would not go in terms of your contact information. This should be at the top of your resume again. Hiring managers are spending less than 30 seconds on any given resume. At the very least, they should know who you are. And so you want to ensure that your name is at the top and that the thought size is a little bit larger than the other. Information contains within and or under your, uh, your name. So you start with your name, your address. If you want to include your complete address, by all means go for it. However, I do caution you again. We do live in a digital world. Identity theft is rampant and I'm not comfortable with people knowing exactly where I lived . But whatever your conference level is, proceed us, such after your name. Your address, in short, include a phone number or somewhere, or somehow the hiring manager can get in touch with you Should they find interest in hiring . You are interviewing you, and definitely you want to include your email address. As I mentioned earlier. Ensure your email address is professional. A sure fire way to get your resume tossed into the trash is to include an unprofessional email address after your contact information. Um, an optional section, as mentioned earlier, is the professional profile section. This is my favorite section because it gives a brief summary of your skills, your experiences and qualifications as they relate to the job in which you're applying. They are. This section also doubles as an elevator speech. If at any point someone acts you, what do you do for a living? What have you done for a living? You can tailor this to fit the conversation and fit the job. For example, it appears the individual here is applying for a technician, an automotive technician position here, he's outlined his years of service his experience in repairing and maintenance of not only domestic but domestic and foreign automobiles. So it's a snapshot of his qualifications up front under his contact information. One of the most essential sections parts of your resume is your work experience. It's recommended that you include your work experience in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent job, and then proceeding with ones that are relatable to the job in which you're applying. Also, you want to ensure your account for any gaps in employment years. For example, if if you left corporate America for three years to complete your degree, ensure you can account for that lost time in the education section and so forth. Feel free to include part time and full time positions. Internships and any volunteer work ensure this section is bulleted. It's a more clear, concise read when they're bulleted. You also want to start with the the organization's name your position. You can include the location of of the organization as well. That's optional, and you also want to include the dates and which you were employed there, and if it's one of those positions in which you're still there, you're still employed in that particular role you can do. Just as this example shows on this second line, it says Autumn Automotive technician Backslash mechanic, comma January 2017. It's a present, which tells me he still employed with this organization in that role. Also, you want to ensure you use action verbs. Some examples of action verbs include, but are not limited to administered, directed, investigate it or specialized. You want Teoh? Let the hiring manager know that you have what it takes to get the job done, and that you can show that in previous times you have actually completed a task successfully. There's no better time than the presence to brag on yourself. I mean, seriously, you've done the work. Why not give yourself credit for it? And if you're anything like me, you probably struggle with bragging on the work that you've done. You probably look at it as it's my job. That's what I'm supposed to do. Well, in this case, especially if you're looking to promote or if you're looking to change jobs, you have to step out of that box of it's my job and move into. I have to set myself, apart from my peers, that may be applying for the same job. So this is where you add an accomplishment section, or you include your accomplishments under the job in which you achieved the accomplishment . You want to do this by either quantifying or qualifying your achievements in terms of quantifying. Maybe maybe you are applying for an auditor position. Perhaps you cut the department's audit findings by 15%. If you just quantified your accomplishment, it's a new miracle value to what you did. If you were, achievement is not easily quantifiable. You could use qualitative language. For example, if you're in a staffing rule, maybe you reduced staff turnover so you can say something along the lines of greatly reduced staff turnover or greatly increased staff participation. Remember, brag a little and use action verbs. Action verbs such as increased, reduced, created, eliminated to name of you. You can elect to include the achievements again under the particular work experience or create an accomplishment section. But keep in mind you don't have a ton of space. Your resume is 1 to 2 pages long, and the hiring manager is own Is spending less than 30 seconds looking at your resume. Make it counts. Next, you want to include the degrees in which you've received. You want to write these in reverse chronological order listing the most recent burst, including the name of the institution. Its location ends your graduation date or you're expected graduation date. Ensure you include the degree in which you received or their certificate in which you received. If you received a master's in sociology masters of sociology, be sure you document your degree, especially if it is relatable to the job in which you applied. If you feel so inclined, you can include your GP A. To kind of set yourself apart from your peers on Lee. If it was ah, high G p A. I do not recommend including a low GPS. Time is a precious commodity. That's why hiring managers been less than 30 seconds looking at your resume. And because resumes air typically 1 to 2 pages in league, you should only include information that relates to the job in which you're applying. Here are a few words sections and miscellaneous items you should shy away from reframe from including your age, date of birth, race, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation names of family members. So it's a security number. Your driver's license number, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, photographs unless specified by the job announcement. You you don't need to add a photo. Trust me. If ah, hiring manager or organization wanted to know what you looked like and British, you're your own social media. They'll go find you on social media, which leads to a different points of Be careful what you put on social media. But that's a different class. Anyway, continuing on, uh, don't add your your heights, are you? Wait. Congratulations. You lost a few pounds. Okay, great. You don't need to add that to your resume. You don't need to add your hair color. Onley include information that is relevant to your job in which you're applying that that's for your work history and your hobbies. If your hobby is basket weaving, but you're applying for a job, it's an auditor. You don't need some glue that you like basket weaving. Great that you like that, but you don't need to include that on your resume. When it's all said and done, you have a finished product similar to the resume on the screen. You have your margins set up correctly. You have your text flush to the left. You have your name in your contact information. You did it in this case. She did a qualification summary, which is similar to a professional profile. However you see fit, proceed with it. And then she moved into her professional work experience. Very clean, clear, legible, concise. Everything that we've discussed in this course can be found on this example. I think you're going to do well. You're going to do phenomenal when it comes to composing your resume. Yes, I understand. Writing a resume is one of the most difficult steps in the job application process. I get it. You just have to take a breath, revisit the slides as you see fit, revisit your notes and continue to increase your knowledge in resume writing. And then you, too will become a resume writer expert enclosing. Here's what you learned. The purpose of a resume is to serve as a marketing tool of your skills for potential employers. You learn that formatting a resume is easier done through a template. However, things to keep in mind is that it's a one inch margin on all sides. Basic Funt 10 to 12 point funds. You also learn that yes, you should include your contact information but excludes your political affiliation. You should include your work experience but excludes your heights. You should include your education but exclude your Social Security number. You've learned the basic concepts of composing a resonate. Here are a few websites Teoh. Further increase your resume writing knowledge. You have balanced careers that gives a great read on writing your resume and what to detail inside of your resume. Zetti dot com actually provides templates as well. So does Google docks. Check out these references. There are thousands of resume courses resonate simply, it's professionals that will write your resume for you. But you chose my course. And for that I'm thankful. I'm thankful that you have taken the time to increase your knowledge, learned a little bit more about resume writing and gain the confidence in composing your resume. Now, if you feel that you have additional questions and or concerns, you can reach out to me via email at M car instructor at gmail dot com. Also, if you would like for me to review your resume before you submit it, Teoh, a potential employer. Go ahead and shoot me an email and let me know that you're interested in that service. And we can discuss more again. Thank you. And congratulations on completing resume writing 101