Writing - The Resume

A resume is a key part of getting a job interview.

Writing - The Resume

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Have you ever heard anyone mention their resume? If you have, you probably wondered what they were talking about. Well, a resume (also written as résumé) is a very brief history about your educational background and any degrees earned, your work experience skills, your past employers, a list of references (people they can contact to verify that the information you have given is correct and truthful), and, finally, your current contact information.

Whenever you apply for a job you will need to provide the potential employer with a resume. The trick of a resume is to give as much information as possible without saying too much. Most resumes should be no more than two pages long.

Remember, it is meant to be a very brief history, just enough information to catch a potential employer’s attention to want to call you in for an interview. It is then at the interview that you can give more details about your background and how you will fit into the position and the company.

It is important that the resume be neat and orderly but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. There are things that you can do to spruce your resume up such as including a small photo of yourself next to your contact information. Typing your resume on good quality paper can also help your resume to shine. One thing to always remember about a resume is that it is your means of “marketing” yourself and your skills. You want people to see your marketing as being professional, not silly or ridiculous. See below for more information.

1.
A resume should be ________.
three to five pages long
filled with personal information such as age, religion and ethnic background
a very brief description of your work experience and educational background
filled with humor and catchy sayings
A resume should be a very brief description of your work experience and educational background. Answer (c) is correct
2.
It is important that your resume be ________.
on colored paper
handwritten
on lined paper
neat and orderly
It is important that your resume be neat and orderly. Answer (d) is correct
3.
Your resume should be accompanied by _________.
a portfolio of your work
a cover letter
a photo gallery of yourself
letters of recommendation
Your resume should be accompanied by a cover letter to the potential employer. Answer (b) is correct
4.
Your resume is a means of ________.
marketing yourself
showing off your personality
bragging about yourself
getting a higher salary
Your resume is a means of marketing yourself. Answer (a) is the correct answer
5.
Your resume should be no more than ______.
one page long
two pages long
three pages long
four pages long
Your resume should be no more than two pages long. Answer (b) is the correct answer
6.
Which of the following should NOT be included on a resume?
Winston Community College
Harper Valley High School
Salem Middle School
Georgetown University
When listing educational background, colleges, universities and high schools should be listed but no schooling prior to high school. Therefore, the middle school should NOT be included. Answer (c) is correct
7.
Which of the following should be included in your resume?
A listing of your hobbies
Places you have lived
Criminal record
Employment history
Answers (a), (b) and (c) are each examples of what should not be included in your resume. Answer (d), however, should always be included in your resume. Answer (d) is correct
8.
The cover letter should ________.
introduce yourself to the potential employer
repeat the information contained in your resume
provide the potential employer with more details about your skills
highlight all of your good qualities
The cover letter should introduce yourself to the potential employer. Answer (a) is correct
9.
A resume may also be required _________.
to terminate your employment
to be submitted with a college application
to request a pay raise
to get a business license
A resume may also be required to be submitted with a college application. Answer (b) is the correct answer
10.
A reference should include ________.
the total hours you worked each week
a relative's name and address
your social security number
contact information of a boss or supervisor you worked with
A reference should include the contact information of a boss or supervisor you worked with so that the potential employer can contact them to verify your work history information given. Answer (d) is the correct answer
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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