Job Search & Readiness Training

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Please list all awards, nominations, and recognition you have received from any source.
Accomplishment:
Organization, Company or Group Name: Date:
Type: o Award o Nomination o Recognition o Personal Achievement o Other:
Accomplishment:
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Accomplishment:
Organization, Company or Group Name: Date:
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FINAL PREPARATION CHECKLIST

Before you start typing your resume make sure you have all information on this check list. You will need your Assessment, Practice Application, Soft Skills Worksheet, and Other Resume Worksheets.

Contact Information
Name:
Cell Phone:
Home Phone:
Message Phone:
Address:
Email Address:
Résumé Sections
10 Year Employment History:
Use your Practice Application for this information. Company Name, Address, Phone, Number - Dates of Employment, Job, Title & Duties
10 Year Community Service History:
Use your Other Resumes Worksheets for this section. List all volunteer work you have done in the past 10 years.
Company/Organization Name, Address, Phone Number - Dates, Job Title
& Duties
Civic Activities:
Use your Other Resumes Worksheets for this section. List all groups you belong to or have belonged to in the past 10 years.
You can include: Parent, Religious, and Work Groups, Boards, Committees, etc. Group Name, Address, Phone Number - Dates, Position in the Group (Member, Chair, Committee Member, etc), Duties and Group Achievements

Skills & Abilities:
Use your Assessment and Soft Skills Worksheet for this information, and list anything else you can think of, too.
Education:
Use your Practice Application and Assessment for this information, and add other information you have not yet provided. List all schools (address, phone & dates), workshops, degrees and credentials earned
Awards, Recognition, and Accomplishments:
Use your Other Resumes Worksheets for this section. List all awards, nominations, accomplishments and recognition you have received from any source.
Interests:
List hobbies, interests, and activities you do for fun.
References:
Use Practice Application for this information. List at least 3 - names, phone numbers, email address, addresses, how long you have known each person and your relationship to them.
Other Information You Think May Be Important:

ORGANIZING YOUR RÉSUMÉS

Your résumé should be organized based on what is most important and impressive about you. Most résumé programs have a set layout, so you may need to use a word processor and set it up yourself.

  1. Decide How You Want to Present Your Employment History:
    Every résumé has to have an employment section. It always needs to be listed with the most recent job first, the last job next, and so on, ending on the job you had ten years ago. However, you can choose to emphasize or downplay your work history. It all depends on if the information is going to help you or hurt your chances of getting an interview. Here are some reasons to consider emphasizing the Employment Section:
    • You have been with your current or last job for 10 years or more.
    • You have worked 5 or more years for each of your main employers.
    • You have impressive job titles that make you look skilled. Examples: Supervisor, Tractor Driver, Machine Operator, Welder, Office Manager, Trainer, etc.
    If you are going to emphasize this section, you will want to make it stand out. You can do this by using larger fonts or by making words bold or underlined. You can make it take up more space on the page by including a list of skills you used for each job, or by listing any accomplishments.
    Here are some reasons to consider downplaying your Employment Section:
    • You have a pattern of working jobs for less than three years each.
    • You have many job titles that employers may consider to be un-skilled. Examples: Assembler, Farmworker, Temp, Server, etc.
    • You have many periods of unemployment.
  2. If you decide to downplay your work history, you want to make it attract as little attention as possible on the paper. The idea is to make the information look as unimportant as possible. You can do this by limiting each job to one line and avoid making words bold or underlined in this section. Avoid adding job descriptions, duty and skills lists to each job.
    Decide on an Order:
    Review the different sections from your Résumé Worksheet: Employment History, Skills, Education, etc. Decide which section has the most impressive information about you. The absolute best section about you should be first. The next most impressive section should be second, and so forth. Put numbers next to the sections so you can remember the order when you start typing up your résumé.
  3. Type It Up:
    Start at the top of the page with your name and contact information. Next type up the first section, then the second section and continue to the end. Finish with the line: References Available Upon Request.
  4. Make it Fit:
    Reorganize the wording, set up columns, reset margins, eliminate unimportant information, and change text sizes. The goal is to have the most important information about you fit on one page.
  5. Make It Pretty:
    Make your name the biggest thing on the page. Make your section headers stand out and match – either by changing the size, boldness, underline, using separators, etc.

REVIEWING THE QUALITY OF YOUR RÉSUMÉS

Before you turn in your résumé to an employer, you need to make sure it is the best it can be. Here are some things you should do to check your résumé’s quality, catch errors and fix them.

  1. Run Spell checker:
    Most word processors have this option. The computer will show you what you have spelled wrong, if you have put in too many or too few spaces between words, and will catch problems with grammar. Use the computer to find and fix problems before you have anyone else look at it.
  2. Review With Fresh Eyes:
    Sometimes you get tired when you’ve been working on your résumé for a long time, and can’t see the problems. Walk away from your résumé, wait for a day or two and then look at it again. You will probably catch many things you overlooked and can fix them faster than you would have when you worked on it in the first place.
  3. Ask yourself all of these questions to make sure it is ready for other people to see:
    Does it look pretty?
    Is it only one page?
    Is my name the biggest thing on the page?
    Is my name clear and easy to read?
    Is my phone number on the résumé?
    Are all the section titles the same? Same Size? Same Font? Same Underline or Bold?
    Is the first section the most impressive thing about me?
    Is everything spelled out? (“September,” not “Sept.”; “West,” not “W”; “Worker Protection Standards Pesticide Training,” not “WPS”; “English as a Second Language,” not “ESL”; “Utah’” not “UT”)
    If you had to abbreviate because of space, are ALL dates, addresses and commonly understood things abbreviated? (Common things only! NEVER abbreviate names of credentials like “WPS” or training like “Basic Comp.” or company names like “FTT”)
    Can I easily find the sections like “Employment History,” “Special Skills & Experience,” “Education and Credentials”?
    Do I have all community service and volunteer work from the last 10 years listed?
    Do I have all jobs and employers from the last 10 years listed?
    Are my jobs listed in chronological order with the most recent first and going backwards to my oldest job at the end of the list?
    Are my most impressive and useful skills listed first in the skills section?
    Do I have any other skills I should include?
    Do I have any other training or credentials I forgot to list?
    Are all the company or school names spelled right?
    Are all trainings spelled correctly?
    Are all other words spelled correctly?
    Is my phone number correct?
    Is my address correct?
    Is my email address correct?
    Is “References Available Upon Request” the last thing on the page?
    Am I proud of how this résumé looks?
  4. Have At Least T People Review & Give Suggestions:
    You are too close to the work, and it makes you blind to certain things. Ask someone else’s opinion, and they may see things you should fix before an employer sees it. It’s always better to have an assortment of people review your work. So, choose people from different groups:
    Friends or Relatives Who Have Known You Ten Years or More:
    These people will have known you long enough to know your best qualities. They will usually be honest with you.
    Teachers, Trainers and Educators Who Have Taught You:
    These people usually have more experience editing. They should be able to help find spelling and grammar errors and may point out ways to make your educational experience more impressive.
    People You Have Worked With:
    These people will know what kind of worker you are. They will be able to tell you if you have missed any skills you used when you worked with them. Additionally, they can catch exaggerations about the work you’ve done.
    People You Have Worked For:
    These people have the perspective of employers. They have seen how you work, follow directions, and what kind of attitude you have. They
    know what qualities employers value and can help you include any of those qualities you may have.
    People Who Make Hiring Decisions:
    These people will have the most experience reviewing résumés. They have seen different styles and layouts, and can give suggestions to make your résumé more attractive and memorable. Also, they know what they like to see on résumés, and what they don’t like to see. They can help you avoid common mistakes and make your résumé better than others.
  5. Strangers:
    These people don’t know you, so they can make judgments based on the résumé and not their experience with you. They can tell you if your résumé is a good introduction to you or if you need more information.
    Many people won’t know what to look for or how to help you. To make the review more useful, you can tell them you want them to answer these questions:
    • What errors did you find?
    • Can you think of anything I forgot?
    • What can I do to make it better?
    • Does it make me look like someone you would hire? If not, what can I do to change that?
    • What did you like best about my résumé?

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