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Resume Writing for Computer Programmers & Software Engineers

teacher avatar Rich Blazevich, Job Search Author & Instructor

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7 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:28
    • 2. 1. Contact Information

      6:24
    • 3. 2. Summary Section

      6:41
    • 4. 3. Experience Section

      8:33
    • 5. 4. Education Section

      6:06
    • 6. 5. Additional Information

      5:26
    • 7. Conclusion

      4:58
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In less than an hour, you'll learn how to write a highly-effective resume for computer programming, software engineering, and coding jobs. You see step-by-step instructions for building a resume that can get you into interviews for the jobs you want.

An amazing resume is the first step in getting your dream job. Many employers require that you submit a resume with your initial application, and they use that resume to decide if you make it through to the next step in the hiring process. That’s why getting your resume right is so important.

In this course, you'll see how to build each section of your resume including your contact information, work experience, education, and more.

You'll also see how to use key words and formatting techniques that employers will love.

TOPICS INCLUDED:
✔️ How to get your resume through the screening software that most employers use
✔️ How to write a resume that will appeal to both computers and humans
✔️ How to include the most relevant key words on your resumes
✔️ How to format your resume so your most relevant information is easy to find
✔️ How to customize your resume to match each job opportunity

LEVEL OF MATERIAL:
✔️ Beginner to intermediate level
✔️ For people who have limited experience writing resumes 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
✔️ Write resumes that will get you selected for job interviews
✔️ Use key word stuffing techniques to give your resume a competitive advantage
✔️ Identify and leverage relevant skills and experiences to feature on your resume
✔️ Avoid making mistakes that lead t

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Rich Blazevich

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1. Introduction: Hey, this is Rich Blazevic. Welcome to the course. And in this introduction, I'll give you a brief outline of what we're gonna cover in the course, and then we'll jump into building your resume. I will show you the five sections of a resume that you will need to build. I'll show you the contact information, summary work, experience, education and additional information in in each section. I'll tell you what you should put in what you shouldn't put in those sections. So let's go ahead and get started with the first section. 2. 1. Contact Information: the first section we're gonna work on in your resume is going to be the easiest section, and that's your contact information. So what I want you to do is open up a word processing program, and it could be any word processing program. It can be Microsoft Word. Google Docks, Apple Pages Any other word processing program that can save a file as a document. Then when you have that pile open, go ahead and center your cursor at the top of the page. Put your font into times New Roman font. That's a very easy font for people to read. It's also a very common font that most computers have. And that way, if an employer gets an electronic copy of your resume and they printed out, it will look good because more than likely they have that point for your name. I want you to crank up the font size to 20 point want. I want you to make it bold and all caps, so this is gonna be big. It's gonna be easy for the employer to see your name at the top of your resume and then type in your name when you type in your name. It doesn't have to be your official legal full name. You should use the name that you prefer to be called. So it doesn't have to be the name that's on your birth certificate or your diploma or any of that. Use the name that when you start working at that employer, you want them to call you. For example, I go by Rich Blazevic instead of Richard Blazevic. If I went by my middle name, then I would put my middle name in my last name. If I had a really long name, I might abbreviate it. So I've seen people who their parents, for some reason gave him a super long name. But those people might want to be called by a shorter name or a nickname. It's absolutely okay, a matter of fact, it's preferred that you go by the shorter name, and that makes it easier for the employer to know how to pronounce your name. Some examples are if your name is Catherine, but you go by Katy. Then put Katie on your resume. If you go by your initials than put your initials on your resume. If you have a foreign name That's not common in the country where you're applying for a job , but you've adopted a name that is common in that country. You can use that name. What you don't want to do is you don't want to use a nickname that's unprofessional. So if your nickname is killer or foofie or something like that, don't put that on your resume. It should be a professional name, but it's okay if it's a shortened version of your full name or if it's just your initials. Next, I want you to center the cursor below your name. Stay in times New Roman font. Your entire resume is going to be in this month, but take the want size down to 11 point, make it not bold and then remove the caps lock. Now we're gonna type in your address. Your address is simply your mailing address. For most people, that's your building number. Your street name. If you're in an apartment, go ahead and put apartment and then your city, your state in your zip code. If you're applying for a job in a country that's different than your mailing address, go ahead and include the country for your mailing. address. And that way, if the employer needs to mail you anything, it'll get to the right address, then hit, enter and online. Below that, you're going to stay in the same font, the same font size, the same everything. And I want you to type in your email address and your phone number for your email address. This should be your personal email address, but it needs to be a professional looking email address. If your personal email address is beer guzzler at mail dot com or party chick at yahoo dot com, you shouldn't use that for your resume. You should have an email address that looks professional. It's customary to have either your first initial in last name or your first name and last name. If that's already taken for your email service, then go ahead and just put a number at the end of that. For example, my email address might be our Blazevic 22 at gmail dot com. It's a nice professional looking email address and then for the phone number. This should be the phone number that you use most often for most of us. This is our mobile phone number. There's one trick to the phone number. What I want you to do is call the number that you plan on putting on your resume and listen to your voice mail greeting. You should have a professional sounding voice mail greeting. If your voicemail greeting is silly or unprofessional or something, you wouldn't want an employer to here. Then change it. So it's something more professional. If your voicemail greeting is yo, this is rich. You know what to do, Beep than an employer will know what to do. They will hang up the phone and they will never call you back again because they don't want to hire someone that would be that unprofessional. So I recommend change a voicemail message to something like, Hi, this is rich Blazevic. Please leave a message and I'll call you back. That's it. That's how simple your voicemail greetings should be. So now that you have your contact information on your resume, remember to save your resume. I've known people that have written their entire resume, and they get to the end and they forget to save it, and they lose all of the work they put into it. So save it now. I recommend you save it using a file name that is the name on the top of your resume. So your name, the word resume and then which company you're using the resume for. And that way, if you write different resumes for different companies, you'll be able to keep track of which resumes going toe which company and then also put Dash and the month in the year that you created the resume. In that way, you'll know if the resumes up to date just by looking at the file name before we wrap up the contact information section, I want to give you some do's and dont's for this section. First of all, do make sure you have your preferred name and make it big and bold at the top of the resume . Next, include your mailing address, your email address and your phone number, and then finally remember to save the file. What you don't want to do is don't use a complicated or unprofessional name. If you have a silly nickname, don't put it on your resume, but it's okay to use a shortened version of your name. Also, Like I said, don't use an unprofessional email address your email address should be something very simple. I recommend either your first initial in your last name or your first name in your last name, and it should be a personal email account. It shouldn't be the email address for where you're currently employed. If you're a student, it's OK fits your university email address. Just don't make it the employer that you're currently working for. You don't want your future employers to send you emails to your current employer email address and then finally don't have an unprofessional voicemail message. Check your voicemail message. Now make sure it's professional. That's it. Now you have a great contact information section and we're gonna go on to the next section , which will be your summary section. 3. 2. Summary Section: The next section we're gonna work on is the summary section of your resume. And before you fill in this section, I want you to go to a job posting website and you go to any job posting website you want. You can do linked in jobs you can do, indeed, or glass door or monster, whatever job hosting put site you prefer and search for a job that has the same job title as the job that you would want so it could be computer programmer. Could be software engineer could be anything. And after you type in that job title type in the search location for a city where you'd like to have a job and hit search, what that will do is that'll pull up a listing of a variety of jobs that are available in that city For each one of those jobs, there will be a job description in this job description will be a gold mine. Looking at this will give you a huge advantage over other candidates who might not have researched the jobs they're applying for. So here's a sample job description. As you can see, it includes a summary. It includes required skills, job duties, it might have educational requirements. Additional information. This is absolute goal. This is what is going to set you apart from all the other job candidates that are applying for these jobs. Now that you have a job description, what we're gonna want to do is we're gonna want to take the content on the job description , and we're going to want to put it on your resume. The reason we do this is most employers use a system called an applicant tracking system, which is a computer software program that will scan resumes. And they will look at resumes to see how while those resumes match with the jobs they're trying to fill. And if the resume has a lot of the words from the job description on it, that resumes much more likely to get chosen to make it through the process. If the content on the resume doesn't match up with what's on the job description, then chances are your resume. I'll get deleted and no one in the company you're applying to will ever see it. So I want you to take the job description and use it to build your resume Before we do that , I want you to put to empty lines between your contact information in the next section of your resume. Keep your font at times new Roman, crank your font size back up to 16 point, put it in bold and all caps, and I want you to type in the title for the job that you want. Now, if you've had this job title before, this is perfect, because this is letting the employer know you are what they're looking for. If they're looking for a computer programmer, you're telling them that that's what you are. If they're looking for a software engineer, you're telling them right up front, right below your contact information, that that's what you are. If you haven't had that job before, then go ahead and put the word aspiring before the job title and you could say aspiring computer programmer, aspiring software engineer, aspiring whatever you want. And that way they know. Hey, you might not have had that job title before, but that's the job title you want. After that, go ahead and put one empty space left. Justify your cursor. You're going to stay in times New Roman take the font size, back down to 11 point font. Take it out of bold and remove your caps lock. And then I want you to pull up the job description again and look at the summary on the job description for the job you're applying for this one, says software companies seeking computer programmer to develop ideas and write code for gaming, business and network applications. If the job description for the job you're applying force says something like that, then you want to tell them that you are that person. So what I'm recommending for this person is right in enthusiastic programmer with experience, developing ideas and writing code for gaming and business applications, seeking position with software company and then put in the city where that company is located. And that way they know you're looking for a job in the city where they are located. Now let's see how well the summary on this resume matches up with the summary on the job description. The job description says it's for a software company, and the resume says somebody looking for a position with the software company. The job description says they're looking for a programmer. The summary says Programmer job description says develop ideas and write code. So does the resume. Same thing with the type of application job description mentioned. Gaming in business. Well, there it is, right there on the resume, gaming in business. So when a computer scans this resume and looks for the keywords that are on the job description, it's going to see that this resume is a really good fit for the job. Another section in the job description you can use in your summary is the required skill section. Ah, lot of job descriptions will list skills that they're looking for. So if they tell you what skills they want in an applicant, then tell them that you have those skills. The summaries air really good place to do this so you can write the skills that you have right below that summary line on your resume. And then the computer software program that scandal resume will say, Wow, this person has all the skills were looking for. Now, if you don't have some of these skills, you shouldn't list him on your resume it you should Onley less the skills that you have, so go to the job description If it lists, kills any of those skills that you have, put it on your resume. That's all you need to do for that summary section again, Tell the employer what job you're interested in. Give them a one or two line summary that describes who you are and what your experiences, and then list the skills that you have that air, the skills they're looking for. Now that you've completed your summary section, don't forget to save your file. And here's a list of Do's and dont's for your summary section. First of all, include the job title for the job that you want next, right, your summary So it matches the job description for the job you're applying for, and then make sure your skills match any skills that are listed on the job description. What you don't want to do is don't over sell yourself or don't exaggerate. It'll be really easy for an employer to tell if you put something on your resume. That's not accurate, because when you get into a job interview, they'll be able to tell whether or not you have that experience just by your answers to interview questions. So make sure everything on your resume is accurate. And don't exaggerate anything you put there and then don't write a lengthy summary. I've seen summaries that air 678 lines long and employers don't like that. They don't want to read paragraphs on a resume. They just want to see one or two lines. That gives them a summary of who you are and then don't list any unrelated skills. You might be the world's greatest hammering player, but if they're not hiring Tam Marine players instead, they want somebody to be good at Project Management, then putting Tam Marine playing on your resume isn't gonna help you take the skills that are on the job description in any of those skills you have. Those are the ones you should list on your resume because those are the ones that the employer is looking for. That's it. That's all you have to do to complete your summary section. Now that you have your summary section done, we're gonna move on to the Experience section next 4. 3. Experience Section: Now it's time to write the experience section of your resume, and this is the most important part of your resume. This is where employers are gonna look to see if you have the experience needed to do the job they're hiring for. What I want you to do is after the summary section put two more empty lines. Stay in times New Roman font. Put your font size back up to 16 point. You're gonna go back to bold and caps lock on, and you're gonna type in experience and then leave an empty line after that. Stay in times, Roman. But take your font size down to 11 point now, before you input the first employer, I want you to input, go back to the job description and look for something called job duties or job responsibilities. You want to see what tasks the employer wants someone to do, and that's going to tell you what they're looking for in terms of work experience. So once you find that information, think about jobs that you've done where you've done these duties. So in this example, if you've ever developed ideas for computer gaming applications, you want to put that job on your resume, and then you want to put a bullet point under the job that shows that you've done that type of work so you don't want to put every job you've ever done. You don't want to list every task you've ever completed. You only want to include the duties that you've done that relate to the job they're hiring for. And that'll let the employer know you have the experience to do the things they want someone to do. So go ahead and type in the name of the most recent company you've worked at, where you've done relevant duties. When you type in the name of the organization, you should be an 11 point font, and you should make the name of the company bold and all caps. And then I want you to grab this tab right over here. It's called a right justify tab, and it looks like a little backwards l and move it all the way to your right margin, and then you're gonna tab over there and you're gonna input the location of the company. So put the city, the state, if it's in a different country, put the country, and that way the employer will know where you have worked below that. Go ahead and enter in the job title that you had when you were working at that company as much as possible. Try and make this job title match the job that you're applying for. So if you were a summer intern, but you were doing computer programming, go ahead and list your job title as computer programmer summer intern. And that computer programmer is what this person's applying to be. Not with. The employer will say, Hey, this person's done computer programming Their job title even says it. Now again, Don't misrepresent what you did. Don't put a job title that isn't what you actually worked on. Make sure your job title matches the type of work that you did and ideally, the type of work that you're applying for and then tab over to your right margin again and put in when you worked at that company. If it was a summer job, just put summer in the year that you worked there. If it was a full time ongoing job, put the year you started in the year that you ended. If you're still working there. Put the year you started dash present. And that way the employer will know that you're presently working there. Below that, I'm gonna have you start adding in your bullet points. I recommend you invent a little bit and then turn on the bullet point feature and then start typing bullet points again. Go back to the job description for the duties. They're looking for someone to dio and think about whether or not you've done these duties . If they're looking for someone who has developed ideas for computer gaming applications and you've done that listed on your resume, right there developed ideas for two computer gaming applications. But don't stop there. That's the action that you took. Employers want to see that people can get results. So, as much as possible, your bullet points should say the action you took and the result you got. So if this person worked on those gaming applications and those gaming applications are projected to deliver over $100,000 in sales, that shows that they worked on a project that is planned to deliver results. Let's go to the next bullet point if they're looking for someone who can write, test and debug code, then tell him you can do that. If that's something you did in this job so wrote, tested and debugged. And then for the result, I'm going to say over however many lines of code so that employer will know. Not only have I done this, but I've done this on a quantifiable amount of code again. Your results as much as possible should have numbers in them. In that way, they can see quantifiable results. There we go. Another good bullet points. Now keep going through the job description and look at duties that you performed. If they're looking for someone to identify and repair issues, you can put, identified and repaired issues. And remember to put your result, you could say, with three existing business software programs or in a way that saved the company $10,000 or in a way that generated revenue. Companies want to see numbers on your results, so there's a really good said, a bullet points for a job. Let's say that's all you accomplished while you were working at this company that relates to the job description. Then you can move on to another job that you've had. So go ahead and go back into your history and think about what other jobs you've had that relate to the job description. Put the name of the company tab over. Put the location on the right margin below that. Put your job title and then tab over and put the years that you worked at that company. Then go back to the job description and look for duties that you accomplished. While you're at this job, let's say you installed uninsured proper functioning of computer hardware. Great. Put that on your resume and then don't forget your result. A sample result here could be for over 30 customers. In that way, the employer knows you've worked on a variety of projects. The next bullet point could have to do with the next job duty that you haven't covered yet , which is analyzing and addressing technical support request. Great. If you've done that on this job, go ahead and write that right there on your resume and then put another quantifiable results. It could be for over 100 customers, So there are two more really good bullet points and then keep going. I recommend you try and have two, maybe three jobs, maybe for it the most don't include more than four jobs in your experience section. If you do, it's either going to get very repetitive. If they were similar types of jobs or if there were very different types of jobs, you'll probably include some stuff that's not very relevant for the job you're applying for . Let's say you work this a student when you were at school, go and put in the name of the school and the location. Put in your job title and put in when you work there and then below that, go ahead and list a few more bullet points. The goal here is include as many of the job duties from the job description in your bullet points on your resume. Again, don't include every task you've ever done. Onley include the tasks that the employers looking to hire someone to dio and that will make your resume very focused. It'll be simpler than the really busy resumes that most employers hate, and it'll show them that you are a perfect fit for the job they're trying to fill. Now that your experience section is done, go ahead and hit save before we go on to the next section here, a few do's and dont's for your experience section do, lest your most relevant jobs. Those are the jobs that you've had that are most closely related to the jobs you're applying for and then also list your most relevant duties. Go to the job description, read the duties that they want someone to do and then any job you've done those duties list that on your resume and put bullet points on there that summarize those duties. And then, finally, your bullet points should all have an action. And the result. The action should be the duty that you did that matches up with the job description. The result, if possible, should be some quantifiable result that shows what you delivered for that company. What you should not do is don't list too many jobs by the time you get to four jobs. That's plenty you don't have to account for. Every year since you've been out of school, you don't have to account for every job you've ever done. Just list the most relevant ones. Don't list any unrelated or irrelevant jobs or duties in your experience section. Your experience sections should be just the things that match up with the job you want and then don't put any exaggerated results again. If you're applying to accompany, they might call your previous employer and check on your results. And if the previous employer says, Yeah, that person never got that result, then the employer will immediately eliminate you from the process. So make sure that your only including results that you actually accomplished That's it for the experience section. Now that you've finished it next up, we're gonna work on the education section. 5. 4. Education Section: next up, we're gonna fill in your education section. I want you to put two empty spaces after your experience section. You should still be in times New Roman font. Put that font size back up to 16 point bold and all caps and go ahead and type in the word education. Before you feel in your education, I want you to go back to the job description and look for any educational requirements. Then, if you've met that educational requirement, I want you to type in the name of the school where you met it. So in this case, they're looking for somebody with a bachelor's degree in computer science. If you have that list the name of the university tab over to the right margin and put in the city in the state or the city in the country for that school and then under it put the name of the degree that you've earned as much as possible. You should try and match the name that's on the job description. So if the job description uses the wording bachelors degree in computer science, your resume. If you have that degree, should say bachelors degree in computer science if it says B s in computer science or B B A in whatever, whatever wording may use. If you have that credential listed the same way if you don't have the credentials list, whatever your closest level of education is to what the job description is looking for, one thing I don't want you to do is if you have other degrees. I don't want you to put him on your resume. Sometimes employers will look at that and say, Hey, this person hasn't made up their mind on what type of job they want. So if you have a degree in computer science, but you also have a degree in literature or physical education or something that's unrelated to the job you're applying for, don't list that other major. Also, if you have a higher level of education, don't list it. I've done career coaching for a candidate who could not get a job, and what we realized is she had a PhD. She put it on her resume, and she was applying for jobs where they only wanted somebody who had a bachelor's degree. Whenever an employer saw her resume inside that she had a PhD, they just assumed she was overqualified and she wouldn't be interested in that job. So if you have a higher level of education, don't include it in the resume. Just include the level of education you have that relates to what's on the job description . After the degree, go ahead and tab over to the right margin and put in when you received that degree. If you haven't received it yet, if you're a student and you're still working towards it, then put degree anticipated and then the month in the year. If you have received the degree, just put the month in the year and the employers will note that's when you receive your degree. If you haven't received a degree and you're not working towards a degree, but you've taken some classes, then go ahead and put the name of the department where you took those classes so you could say computer science department. And then I'll have you put a bullet point under this that says, the number of classes that you've taken or the number of credit hours that you've earned now it's time to write in a few bullet points. You should put in your grade point average if that GP A is higher than average for students in that field. So if you think most of the other applicants are gonna have a lower G P A than yours, go ahead and list yours. If you think your GP is below average, don't put it on there. Most employers don't require a GP on the resume, so it's on Lee to your benefit to include it. If yours is above average for your career field, what you should do is list any clubs that you were in that relate to the job you want. So if you were in the computer programming club, list it if you were in another club, that relates to the type of work you're doing than list it and then include any awards that you weren't include any offices that you held include anything that shows leadership or dedication or persistence. You don't have to include a lot of information here, usually under education. Two, maybe three bullet points is plenty. I've seen people that have seven or eight or nine bullet points, and that looks like they just had a bunch of busywork, so prioritize your bullet points based on what's gonna make you look like you're a good fit for this role. Your top priority should be anything that shows you are part of an organization that relates to the job that you want or any leadership positions that you held. If the job you're applying for says they prefer a master's degree and you have a master's degree, absolutely, you should list the Masters and then go ahead and list the bachelors under it. The goal here is to show that either you have the education that's the requirement. Or at least you have enough education that you're close to what the employers looking for in terms of knowledge. Once you've finished your education section, don't forget to save it. So go ahead and hit the save button. And here's a list of Do's and dont's for this section of your resume. First of all, do you list your most relevant education? Most relevant is defined by what's on the job description, so as closest you can get to the education that's on the job description list that on your resume and then matched the degree to the job description again. There are a lot of different abbreviations. There's a lot of different ways of stating degrees. You should list your degree so it matches the job description as closely as possible and then also list any relevant leadership positions, activities, awards, anything that shows you weren't just an average student who showed up to class. You were actually somebody who made the most out of school. What you should not do is don't list too many schools. If you went to one school for a while and then you transferred out and you got your degree somewhere else, you don't have to list the first school. I recommend you Onley list the schools where you got a degree, or list the school where you got the highest level of education and then don't list any unrelated or irrelevant education. If you took some random classes or if you got a minor that doesn't relate to the job you want or you got a degree that doesn't relate to the job you want, you don't have to put it on your resume and then also don't list any unrelated or irrelevant bullet points. If you already have two or three good relevant bullet points, that's enough. You don't have to list things that you did in college that aren't particularly relevant. As long as you already have two or three good bullet points. That's it for the education section. Next, we're gonna move on to the additional information section. 6. 5. Additional Information: Now with the final section of your resume. The sections called Additional information and what I want you to do is lead to more spaces after your education section. You're still in times new Roman. Put that font size back up to 16 point fun. Make it bold, make it all caps and type in the words additional information. And below that, leave an empty space. Take your font size back down to 11 point, come back out of bold and remove your cap locks. And here we're gonna enter in just a few final bullet points. I want you to go back to the job description and look for any information that you haven't already included on your resume for computer programming jobs. It's super common for employers to list the type of programming languages they want you to be proficient in. So if they say they want somebody who's proficient in C plus plus Java python, whatever language, here's where you should put it if it's not included somewhere else in your resume. So put that bullet point on there and say, proficient in, and then list the languages that you know that the employer listed on the job description. You can put in one or two bonus languages, but I wouldn't fill this up with every language you've ever worked with. Just put the most relevant ones and ones that you think might be relevant. But the employer might have left off the list. So in this case, I added in HTML, just because that's such a common language. But I absolutely listed the three languages Theo employer was looking for on their job description. This is also a good place to show that you've done some additional work to brush up on your skills. So one thing I really like to include is something like completed online courses in. So if you've taken an online course that in any way relates to the job you're applying for , list that online course on your resume. So what I put here is completed online courses in innovative computer gaming systems and video game theory that shows that this person is staying up to date with computer systems with computer information, and employer sees this and then we like, Wow, this person is really going out of their way to be really good at what they dio. You can also include bullet points on things that show you're volunteering somewhere or you're part of an industry networking group, or you do something else to network yourself or stay connected to other people in your profession. One last bullet point that I recommend is one that shows what your interests are and the reason you should include this is somebody in that employers organisation may have something in common with you. So if you put interest, include teaching online classes and the person who's hiring you or somebody else in the hiring process also teaches online classes, they may think, Oh, this is interesting. I want to bring this person in. I want to talk to him. They have something in common with me and it could be any of your interest. It could be what kind of movies you like. It could be what kind of books you read. It could be what kind of podcast you listened Teoh. So go ahead and include two or three interesting things about yourself that might show that you have something in common with someone in the organization. When you do that, make sure you don't include anything controversial is you don't want this to be a turn off for the employer. If you're a member of a new extremist political group or you're a member of an organization that some people may have an aversion to, don't put it on there because you don't want the employer to have a reason to not like you ahead of time. So your interest should be things that most people are positive about. That's it. For the additional information section, remember to save your file and then let's look at the do's and dont's for this section. First, do list any additional qualifications that you have so anything that's listed on the job description that you haven't put somewhere else on your resume put it in your additional information section, then list something that shows you can get results. So if you have a YouTube channel that has 1000 subscribers, or if you've written blogged articles that have had 1000 people read them, this is a good place to show the employer that you can do things that get results and then finally list your most interesting interests. This could be hobbies. This could be other things that you do in your spare time. What you don't want to do is don't list any personal information about you, your family, your pets, your friends, anything like that. This is still a professional resume. You can include a few hobbies, but you don't want to list a bunch of things that aren't relevant to the job and then don't list any controversial topics. Don't list anything that relates to politics or religion or anything that might make the employer think you're gonna bring your beliefs into the workplace in a way that's gonna make other people uncomfortable. And then finally don't include any typos, any inconsistent formatting, any other types of errors. Now that you've finished your resume, you need to go through it proof, read it, make sure everything is perfect. And then once you've done that proof reading, then you can send it out to the employers. That's it. You finished the additional information section now one more time. Go back to the job description for the job you're applying for. Look it over and then go to your resume and make sure the content on the job description that relates to you is captured on your resume. In that way, if the employer uses a software program that screens resumes and most employers do, that software program will see that your resume is a good match for the job that the employers hiring for and also when a human gets to see your resume because it should pass through the screening process that human will very quickly, very easily be able to find the information they're looking for. 7. Conclusion: Now that you've written your winning resume, I'm gonna take you through a series of questions and answers. And these air questions have received from people who have taken my workshops on how to write resumes. The first question is, Should I include images on my resume? And the answer is absolutely not. The reason you don't want to include images is more often than not when you submit your resume for a job application and employers going to use a software program that scans that resume and determines whether or not you're a fit for the job. Those computer programs cannot read images, and in a lot of cases, when they see an image on a resume, it confuses them, and they will reject that resume. You should just include text, and that text should be very readable for those software programs. So if you save your file as a dot goc or dot docs X file, which most word processing programs will dio, then the computer can read it. And if you include Onley text that makes it easier for the computer to process your resume , the next question is how many words should be on my resume and I recommend that you have between 253 150 words on your resume. I've seen resumes that have had 506 107 100 words on him, and you might think, Wow, that makes it look like that person's done a lot and they have more experience. That's really not the case. When you get up over 400 words on your resume, it makes it really hard for the employer to see the most relevant information. The resume I showed you in this class was about 250 words. You go a little over that. You go to 300 maybe up to 350. But don't go over that. Your resume is just going to start to look crowded, and you're probably going to include a lot of irrelevant information or a lot of redundant information. So try and hit around that 300 word resume mark. The next question is, what if I don't have relevant experience? Well, if you don't have any relevant experience that might indicate that you probably shouldn't be applying for that job. When you look through a job description, you should be able to say, Yeah, I've done some of this work. You don't have to have done everything on the job description, but you should have done enough that you feel like you can do that job. And if you haven't done the experience, then you should go out and do the experience that that's the kind of job you really want. Go find a volunteer position. Go find an organization that you can do the work for. Go find someplace where you can get the experience. Also, the tip that I gave you in the class about doing online classes. That's a great way to get experience. And that way, if an employer asked you about a certain type of experience, at least you can tell them about projects you've done related to that type of work. The next question is, what if I don't have the relevant education? Well, if you don't have exactly the education that the job description is calling for, that might be OK as long as you have some of the education. So if you haven't completed your degree, but you've taken classes in the area where the employers looking for, then go ahead and put that on your resume. You can go ahead and apply. Even if you haven't finished all of the educational requirements. Just put what you have apply for the job and see if it's enough for the employer. The next question is, What if I haven't done some of the duties on the job description? That's the same answer is you don't have to have done all of the duties as long as you've done some of the duties. So highlight the things that you've done and then go out and get the experience. So if there's something that you haven't done yet, but you can easily dio go out and do it, it might involve being a freelancer. You might decide you're gonna write software programs for people on a job by job basis. It might be. You'll do it as a hobby. It might be that you'll take a class in it, so just go out there and try and find the experiences that you need so that you match up with the job duties for the job that you want. Next question is what if the job description doesn't list required skills That's fairly common I've seen a lot of job descriptions that don't list specific skills. What I recommend is go find a different job description for a similar type of job and look at those skills and include those skills on your resume. If a job descriptions really briefer doesn't have a lot of information, that's okay. You can still find a different job description for a similar job and write your resume based on that other job description. The next question is, Should I write different resumes for different jobs? Absolutely. Since every job has a different criteria on what they're looking for, you should have different versions of your resume for the different jobs that you're applying for. And you should be taking the job descriptions for each of those jobs and using the key words for them on the customized resume you're doing for those jobs. And that's it. Those are the answers to the Q and A session. So if you have any other questions, please post them on the Q and a section of this site. Thank you for taking this class, and I wish you the very best in finding the job that you want