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1 Lesson Plan: Creating an Effective Resume Objective: Students will be able to create a complete resume representing their experience, skills, and education upon successful completion of this lesson. SKILLS UTILIZED: English composition, grammar, business etiquette, editing NECESSARY SUPPLIES: Copies of handouts: Creating The Effective Resume, Creating Your Resume worksheets (Educational Background, Work Experience, References), Resume Tips and Suggestions Copies of Sample Resumes Copies of FillintheBlank Resume Form (homework) TIME REQUIRED: One traditional (55minute) class period to teach and practice resume writing. Resume homework can be reviewed with the teacher during the next class period. If you are on block schedule, you can review the FillintheBlank Resume Forms with the students.

2 LESSON: 1. Warm up (35 minutes) Ask students if they know what a resume is, and how one is used. Allow them to think/pair/share with a partner for a minute. If some students know what a resume is, ask them what they think makes a good resume. a. Reinforce that most employers only look at a resume for about 30 seconds. Make yours stand out! 2. Input (1520 minutes) Pass out handouts: Creating The Effective Resume and Resume Tips and Suggestions a. Walk through all the main points with your students, making sure to cover all important information. Give personal experience, or ask students for examples if relevant. Check for understanding, and ask for questions. b. Briefly cover Resume Tips and Suggestions; students can keep these handouts for further reference. 3. Modeling (5 minutes) Using the Creating Your Resume worksheets, briefly give personal examples of what your resume would look like. Then the students will have examples to refer to while they fill out their own information. 4. Independent Practice (20 minutes) At this point, have students start completing the Creating Your Resume worksheets. They might not have all the information they need (all addresses or contact numbers), but tell them to fill it out as best as they can. Stress that content is more important than formatting! 5. Closure Tell students that their homework is to complete the information on the Creating Your Resume worksheets, then transfer it to the FillintheBlank Resume. Their teacher will collect it tomorrow. HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: Students will complete the FillintheBlank resume using their personal information from the Creating Your Own Resume worksheets. SUGGESTED FOLLOWUP: If time permits, and the teacher allows it, ask the teacher to have the students peer edit their resume drafts. In doing so, the students will be able to see what other people have included in their resumes, or what theirs might be lacking.

3 Creating Your Resume Worksheet PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Address: Telephone: Emergency Contact: Do you have a driver s license? YES / NO Address: Social Security Number: Date of Birth: Emergency Contact Telephone: EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND School Name School Address Major/Minor (or course of study Honors, Tech Prep, etc) Dates of Attendance: From: To: Highest Degree Completed School Name School Address Major/Minor (or course of study Honors, Tech Prep, etc) Dates of Attendance: From: To: Highest Degree Completed Extracurricular Activities (teams, clubs, volunteer work, etc.): Honors and Awards Received: Computer Skills (hardware and software you can use): Machine Skills (include machines you can operate): Specialized Skills (foreign language spoken, auto repair, etc.)

4 WORK EXPERIENCE (List Most Recent Position First) Creating Your Resume Worksheet Dates Employed: From: To: Address: Telephone: Position Held: Starting Pay: Supervisor s Name: Duties and Responsibilities: Reasons for Leaving: Ending Pay: Supervisor s Title: Dates Employed: From: To: Address: Telephone: Position Held: Starting Pay: Ending Pay: Supervisor s Name: Duties and Responsibilities: Supervisor s Title: Reasons for Leaving: Dates Employed: From: To: Address: Telephone: Position Held: Starting Pay: Ending Pay: Supervisor s Name: Duties and Responsibilities: Supervisor s Title: Reasons for Leaving:

5 Creating Your Resume Worksheet REFERENCES (List At Least 2) Name: Job Title: Home Phone: Work Phone: Home Address: Work Address: How long has this person known you? Has this person given permission to be uses as a reference? Yes / No Why can this person recommend you for employment? Name: Job Title: Home Phone: Work Phone: Home Address: Work Address: How long has this person known you? Has this person given permission to be uses as a reference? Yes / No Why can this person recommend you for employment? Name: Job Title: Home Phone: Work Phone: Home Address: Work Address: How long has this person known you? Has this person given permission to be uses as a reference? Yes / No Why can this person recommend you for employment?

6 Creating The Effective Resume What is a Resume? A resume is a one page summary of your skills, education, and experience. The resume is your advertisement! You must spend enough time creating, proofreading, and editing your resume you want it to be perfect! Your resume is one of the most important pieces of writing you will ever create it is what separates you from the rest of the pack. Employers only look at resumes for about 30 seconds stand out! What should be included in a resume? Not all resumes are the same, but there are some common elements that they all should include. The necessary elements are: Heading Your heading should include the essential personal information: Formal name, address, and phone number. If you use , include your address. You want all your contact information to be as clear as possible. Objective (Also called Career Objective ) Employers often say this is the most important part of a resume. It is generally a one sentence explanation of the type of job you are seeking. Your objective should be fairly specific. If you are applying for different types of jobs, change your objective to match each type of job. Education As students, this should be your next section of information. High school students should not include information from junior high/middle school. You should specify the dates of attendance or graduation (or expected graduation). If you re in college, include your major and the degree you expect to receive. Some people include educationrelated honors in this section. Make a note if your education is particularly relevant to the job. Experience (Also called Work Experience or Employment Experience ) In this section, you should include previous employers, their locations, your dates of employment, and your job title. You may have to create a job title if you did not have one. You should include at least two oneline descriptions of what your job duties and responsibilities were. You cannot assume that the job title explains what you did to all readers. Use action verbs to start each of these descriptions. Do not use I in descriptions. Activities Employers like to see people who have been involved in school or community activities. In this section, list special activities you participated in (prom committee) and organizations you joined (drama club, baseball team, etc.). Include the years in which you participated. Be aware,

7 however, that some employers may eventually view this information as irrelevant. As high school students, this should not be a concern. Summary of Skills Some people use this section to include special skills or talents that are not included elsewhere on the resume, but would be relevant to the employer. References Although it is common practice to put References Available Upon Request at the bottom of a resume, most career advisors say it is unnecessary. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a nicely printed list of personal references with you to an interview. You should have 2 3 people who have observed your work habits (employers, teachers, coaches, etc.) and 2 3 people who can speak about your character. Make sure you have asked their permission to include them as references. Only ask people who will speak well of you. Create a separate list of references including their names, addresses, employers, job titles, and phone numbers. It is best to list work numbers since some people don t appreciate calls at home. You know an employer is interested when they request a list of references. How do I set up a resume? Your resume should be divided into distinct sections. The italicized words above are typical section headings. Do not label the heading section. Headings should stand out as boldfaced, larger text. Employers tend to have certain headings that interest them most. Make it easy for them to find them. Here are some suggested headers: Major Headers (to be used in almost all resumes): Objective, Education, Employment History/Work Experience, School Activities. Minor Headers (to be used if appropriate): Computer Experience, Associations, Certifications, Community Activities, Highlights of Qualifications, Honors/Awards, Interests and Hobbies, Projects, Relevant Courses, Summary of Qualifications, Volunteer Experience. Remember you want your resume to be coherently organized. You can do this in a chronological format or a functional format. A chronological format organizes by time, and a functional format concentrates on skills and responsibilities. How important is the format? The importance of the format lies in its consistency. Remember to stick to one format. It shows off your organizational abilities. However, remember content is more important than format.

8 Should I use complete sentences when describing jobs? Not usually. Use action phrases instead. Leave out unnecessary words. Do the looks of a resume matter? Absolutely! When sending a resume to an employer or college, don t skimp. Use white or offwhite professional weight paper and black ink. Avoid using colored paper or fancy graphics in your resume unless the job you are applying for is in a career area that might stress this type of formatting (art, graphic design, advertising, etc.) Always print resumes using a quality laser printer. Resume Tips and Suggestions 1. Final hiring decisions are rarely based solely upon the resume. Remember that your resume is your advertisement that will get you an interview. It should be a positive, concise and factual listing of your accomplishments. 2. Make sure your resume is PERFECT! It only takes one error in spelling, punctuation, or grammar to cause an employer to stop reading. Ask people to proofread your resume. Do not lose opportunities to poor editing. 3. Limit your resume to one page. Only people with a great deal of related experience should have resumes longer than one page. Remember that most employers stop reading after 30 seconds! 4. One inch margins around the page and blank lines between sections will make all the information easier to read. Use a 10point font size minimum and avoid overuse of italics, bold, and underlining. 5. Since you probably have little work experience, you will want to emphasize your accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Volunteer activities, hobbies, sports, honor roll, and student organizations are things that help define who you are and should be highlighted. List only recent honors and awards unless they are specifically relevant to the position for which you are applying. 6. Present your job objective in a manner that relates both to the company and the job description. 7. Sell yourself! Create a good first impression by highlighting skills and abilities appropriate to the position. If you don t sell yourself, your resume will stay in the pile with all of the others. Separate yourself! 8. Tell the truth and nothing but the truth! Employers will pick up on little white lies when they interview you.

9 FillintheBlank Resume (An actual resume must be typed but for this, you can write in the appropriate information) your name, capitalized, boldfaced (if typed, 16 size font) street address town, CA zip code home phone number address EDUCATION (each heading should be in capital letters and boldfaced) Class of, High School,, CA Major area of study (or coursework): WORK EXPERIENCE (list any job you have held) job title business name, location, dates describe your position duties and skills learned using key verbs SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (list all sports, clubs, etc. you have been involved with) ( ) activity number of years ( ) COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES (volunteer work, etc.) ( ) activity number of years ( ) AWARDS (list any awards or special recognition you have received) title of award month, year INTERESTS (list a few of your hobbies if pertinent)

10 Sample Resume JANE DOE 12 Snelling Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota (651) Education: Highland Park Senior High, class of 2013 (3.8 GPA) Experience: St. Paul Public Library University Branch (June 2010present) Maintained library database on checkedout materials Coordinated volunteer program for Story Time Organized card catalog to incorporate new materials National Honor Society (2011present) Participated in several volunteer activities including: building a house for Habitat for Humanity (50 hours), collecting food for the St. Paul Food Shelter (80 hours), and organizing the Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Activities National Honor Society (2011present) French Club (2010present) Cross Country (2009present) Piano lessons (10 years) Awards A Honor Roll, 8 quarters Outstanding French Student (2011) Volunteer of the Year (2011) References Available upon request

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