You may want to give some thought to developing a job resume. Developing a well-organized and comprehensive résumé should benefit everyone. It will help you see who you are and what you can do from a different perspective. Here are some of the major components.
- Personal Description: name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number
- Education: high school attended, last grade completed, subjects you concentrated on and enjoyed, extracurricular participation, other education-related experiences
- Previous jobs held: when, where, doing what
- Reference sources: supervisors in any previous jobs, teachers, counselors, coaches
- Special skills, e.g., typing, driving a tractor, managing your own small business, word processing, computer usage, graphic design
- Special interests or career goals, e.g., animals, communications, helping professions, automobiles
- Miscellaneous, e.g., driver"s license, access to an automobile
- Other characteristics that are unique about you.
With a completed resume you’ll find you have much of the information you need to fill out college applications. Writing your resume can also help you think of experiences to use as the basis of your application essays. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- List your achievements. Include high school course list and any academic achievements, such as awards or honors. Include any academic or other competitions you’ve entered.
- Don’t be shy. Brainstorm with friends and family to see if you can discover achievements that you’ve overlooked.
- Use action words. For example, “organized weekend softball game;” “volunteered at the local senior center;” “edited club newsletter.”
- Include details. Describe what you’ve achieved with your hobbies and interests, rather than just the interests themselves.
"First Impressions Are Lasting"
If you are looking for a job, you should know that what you do and say during the first ten seconds of the job interview may determine whether you are hired. If the ninterviewer"s first impression of your attitude, personality, or appearance is negative, you run the risk of being eliminated from further consideration for the job.
Keeping the following suggestions in mind could result in a successful interview and, in turn, the desired position.
1. MAKE A GOOD APPEARANCE: Dress properly, display good posture, and present a pleasant manner. Even though public schools no longer have strict dress codes, the business world does pay close attention to clothing and grooming.
2. Be prepared by having a pen and/or pencil available to complete any forms.
3. Do not chew gum.
4. If possible, locate in advance the office in which the interview will be conducted.
5. On the day of the interview, allow sufficient reporting time in case you are unexpectedly delayed in arriving at your destination.
6. Arrive for the interview about ten minutes ahead of schedule.
7. Do not bring anyone to the interview with you.
8. THINK AHEAD. Anticipate some of the questions you might be asked:
- your health
- your grades in school
- your social security number
- history of past employment
- your use of leisure ttime
- school activities
- community activities
- your knowledge of the job you are seeking