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Skills and Experiences

Identify and acknowledge all your skills.
List all personal qualities, characteristics and skills.

1.  Begin your statements with strong action words.
2.  Highlight your skills with strong descriptive words.
3.  State the skill clearly, indicating how or where you used it.
4.  Convert all statements to past tense.

Work History
Education
Personal Additions
References
Letters of Reference
Optional Information
Sample Resume


Work History

List in reverse chronological order all jobs for the past 15 years.  Use accurate dates, company names and job titles.

    
1981 - 1999  
     ABC Company, Inc.
     Program Manager

     1979 - 1981
     John Jones, Inc.
     Office Manager


Education

If a position requires a specific educational background, make sure to include an education section on your resume.

List in reverse chronological order all education history.  Use dates/years education acquired, name of institution city and state.       

1975 - 1979  Bachelor of Business Administration
                     Business Administration
                     University of Central Arkansas
                     Conway, Arkansas

1971 - 1974  High School Diploma
                     Little Rock High School
                     Little Rock, Arkansas


Personal Additions

Personal additions can include statements about your suitability for the position, as well as statements about your experience for the job.

You can also include volunteer experience you might have.
    - Begin with most relevant reasons an employer should hire you.
    - Illustrate with strong personal and /or work related characteristics
      you may include personal interests, activities or hobbies.


References

Create a list of individuals who would present you positively to a prospective employer, preferably choose those who can discuss your work habits.

Three references are ideal.

Possible references: supervisors (past or present)
                                 co-workers
                                 volunteer coordinators

Do Not include family members or relatives as references.

Note: Call your references and ask for permission prior to giving their name. Also, verify their current employer, title and phone number.  If your reference has changed jobs, include their current title, company and phone number, in addition to the company where you were employed together.

 

Example: John Q. Smith, Office Manager
                   ABC Productions, Inc.
                   501-555-1234
Example: John Q. Smith, Office Manager
                   Quid Productions, Inc.
                   501-555-1234

       Former: Office Manager
    ABC Productions, Inc.


Letters of Reference

Attach positive letters of reference to your resume.  Choose the three best.


Optional Information

Include additional information only if it would provide insight to your character and is pertinent to your job objective.
     Example: Associations
                    Awards
                    Interests
                    Special Qualifications
                    Future Goals

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Tailor each resume so the information included is relevant to the
particular position you are applying for.

Consider all of the following when printing your resume:
Paper quality:   Look for a good quality of paper.
Paper color:  Subtle, white or beige are good options.
Print quality:  Use dark ink, make sure your printer cartridge prints dark.
Print style:  Readable, different print styles are okay, but make sure you can read them.
Layout:  Be creative.
Spacing:  Leave spaces for a break on the eyes.

Have someone check your resume once you think it's ready.

Have them look for:
Your correct address and phone number
Spelling Errors
Capitalization Errors
Consistency
Grammar Errors
Punctuation Errors
Spacing Errors

A professional-looking resume MUST be done on a computer or typewriter.

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Examples

The following are examples of sample layouts for resumes. After you have all the information you would like to include on your resume, look through theses examples and find the one that best fits your information. At the bottom of the page is a sample resume that we've put together for you to look at. Good luck with your resume!

A.   Personal Addition
       Relevant Skills and Experience
       Educational History
       Work History
       References
J.   Employment History
      Education
      Personal Addition
      Reference
      Personal References
B.   Highlights - information about self
       Work Experience
       Experience and Skills
K.  Employment History
      Relevant Skills and Experience
      Education
      Personal Information
C.   Information on Self
       Work Experience
       Skills and Experience
       Education
       Personal
       Reference available upon request
L.  Work Experience
      Relevant Skills and Experience
      Personal Addition
      Education
D.   Relevant Skills and Experience
       Employment History
       Education and Additional Courses
       References
       Personal Information
M.   Education
       Employment History
       Volunteer Work
       Affiliations and Certificates
E.   Professional Strengths and Highlights
      Management/Organizational
      Experience
      Communication Skills
      Employment History
      Education
N.  Relevant Skills and Experience
      Employment History
      Education
      References
      Personal Additions
F.   Personal Overview
      Relevant Experience and Skills
      Education
      Employment History
      References
O.  Personal Overview
      Relevant Skills and Abilities
      Employment History
      Education
G.  Relevant Skills and Experience
      Education
      Employment Experience
      Volunteer Experience
      References
P.   Employment History
      Education
      Interests
H.  Employment History with Description
      Relevant Skills and Experience
      Education and Additional Courses
      References available upon request
Q.  Education
      Technical Skills
      Work Experience
      Volunteer Work
      Accomplishments and Associations
      References
I.   Special Achievements
      Relevant Skills and Experience
      Employment History
      Volunteer Experience
R.   Education
      Relevant Skills and Experience
      Employment History
      Personal Addition
      Accomplishments and Awards
      References


Sample Resume

Brandon Davis
921 Davis Road
Little Rock, Arkansas
501-555-1234

 

Professional Strengths and Highlights
 
Extensive managerial experience within ABC Company, Inc. operations
  Efficient management of staffing
  Excellent communications skills

Management/Organizational Experience
  Administered human resource functions:  Hiring, evaluation, compensation, discipline and
  termination
  Monitored various program operations by identified problems and provided solutions
  Efficiently administered program budgets
  Ensured accurate and efficient program operations
  Monitored proper usage of agency policies, procedures, and goals

Communication Skills
  Provided effective two-way communication between staff and management
  Acted as a liaison with staff, regional office, and national office
  Promoted efficient customer services

Employment History
  Operations Manager:  ABC Company, Inc.  1991 - Present
  Responsible for efficient and accurate operation of various programs
  Coordinated and administered program budgets

  Program Manager:  ABC Company, Inc.  1988 - 1991
  Developed annual budgets
  Administered efficient utilization of human resources

  Research Analyst: ABC Company, Inc.  1984 - 1988
  Develop statistics on company programs
  Coordinate programs with contracted entities

Education
  Diploma in Management
  University of Central Arkansas

  High School Diploma
  Little Rock High School

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
  EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR:  1989-1990
  PROGRAM PERFORMANCE AWARD:  1988-1989
  SERVED ON EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION COMMITTEE  1988 - PRESENT

Brandon Davis                                                                                                                                                   501-555-1234   

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