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Unit 1: An Introduction to the Resume Page Unit 1 Learning Outcomes
1.1: The Purpose of a Resume Page Penn State University: Joe Schall's Style for Students Online: Chapter 8: Resumes"

This chapter describes an effective resume as "...principally an objective summary of your skills and achievements, secondly a subtly clever argument that you are worth hiring, and finally a reflection of your individuality." This chapter describes several types of resumes and offers samples of each type. You might be asked, for example, to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) rather than a conventional resume for an academic job. To learn more about the difference between a CV and a resume, study "The Graduate Student and Post-Graduate Resume" section and view the sample of each type of resume. You will also benefit from the provided list of common action words used to describe your job experience.

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 1: Purpose and Goal of a Résumé"

In today's business world a professional resumes is a must-have. Whether you are currently employed or seeking employment, a resume is a critical document that should reflect where you have been and where you want to go in your career. Section 4.1 explains the purpose and the goals of resume. This section discussses the seven things a well-made resume can do for you.

1.2: Types of Resumes File U.S. National Park Service: "Federal Resume Writing Workshop"

This article contains detailed information about how to ensure that your resume and cover letter meet the formatting and style requirements for many jobs within the federal government. This workshop guide provides many examples of federal resumes and cover letters along with other types of resumes more common in the broader workforce.

1.3: What is a CV? URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 6: Other Résumé Formats, Including Functional Résumés"

Read this section to understand two additional types of resumes that you can use in certain situations, the functional resume and the curriculum vitae (CV).  This section also provides some examples of functional based resumes.

Unit 2: The Key Components of a Resume and Cover Letter Page Unit 2 Learning Outcomes
2.1: Anatomy of a Resume URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 2: Header and Objective"

Read this section to get a better understanding of the type of information that will help you identify yourself on your resume and inform your reader of the specific purpose of your job search.  Headers and objectives are essential because generally it is the first bit of information that you will give to your reader.

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 3: Education Section"

This section provides guidance on how to present your educational experiences in a resume and some examples. Some employers require that you possess a certain level of education in order to be considered for a job. Therefore, you should not leave any doubt in your reader's mind about your level of education.

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 4: Work Experience"

This reading describes how to describe your work experience to the reader. This section of your resume is arguably the most important component. Most employers will look to this section to see if you have the skills and experience you need to be able to do the job. Your work experience should highlight the types of experiences that directly align with the type of job you are applying for.

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 5: Skills, Additional Information, and References"

This section will describe how best to highlight any specific accomplishments or skills that you may possess that will enhance your chances of getting hired and performing well on the job. 

2.2: Cover Letters URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 5, Section 1: The Cover Letter"

This section of the textbook describes the importance of including a cover letter with your resume. This reading will help you determine what type of information you should put in a cover letter.  It will also help you assess your strengths and weaknesses and how you can match your cover letter to the job description.

Page Penn State University: Joe Schall's Style for Students Online: "Chapter 9: Professional Letters: Writing Cover Letters"

Read about how to create an audience-friendly cover letter here. This reading offers sample of cover letters and guidance on how to personalize your own cover letter.

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 5, Section 5: Sample Cover Letters"

Read each of the three sample cover letters provided in this section.

2.3: What is a Portfolio? Page Wikipedia: "Career Portfolio"

Portfolios are a specific type of documentation that allow people to show actual examples of their work and skills as a way to indicate they will be able to perform well at the position they seek. Portfolios are more detailed than a resume. Read this short description of what a portfolio is and who uses them.

Unit 3: Bolstering Your Resume and Cover Letter Page Unit 3 Learning Outcomes
3.1: Polishing Your Resume and Cover Letter URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Introduction"

This introduction to Chapter 4 gives an overview of how to market yourself broadly, a process of which a well-crafted resume and cover letter are just two parts. This reading gives a preview of the process of putting your resume out there and approaching the next steps of the job search.

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 4, Section 7: Documenting Problems: Gaps, Short Stints, and Merging Companies"

Many times you will need to make adjustments to your resume to account for gaps in you employment and jobs where you were employed for only a short time. This reading will show you how to cover your bases when this happens.

Page 42Hire.com: Yu Yu Din's "3 Quick Tips to Help You Revamp your Resume or CV Effectively"

Read this article and take 20 minutes to apply these tips to your own resume and cover letter when you have finished.

Page Michelle Dumas' "10 Resume Writing Mistakes to Avoid"

Resume writing is both an art and a skill. One small mistake in your resume can sometimes eliminate you from consideration for a position. Here is an article that will outline ten common mistakes to avoid on your resume.

Page agoodresume: "Three Ways to Improve your Resume"

Read this article and follow its advice the next time you prepare a resume. What other suggestions have you heard for writing better resumes?

Post any other tips you have learned elsewhere on Saylor's discussion forums, along with a note asking for feedback from the community. Make sure to include the activity prompt/instructions, as well as you own comments, so your contribution can be as helpful as possible to other students.

While there, you should reply to your classmates' posts as well, especially on those topics that you feel you have already mastered.

Note: You will need to create an account at discourse.saylor.org to participate in the forum. Signing up is free and only takes a moment.

3.2: Targeting Your Job Search and Resume URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 3, Section 1: Three Elements of a Well-Defined Target" and "Section 2: Strategies to Match Your Interests to the Three Elements"

Read sections 3.1 and 3.2 to understand how to identify and target specific industries and jobs in your job search. When deciding to apply for a job, its best to identify the industry, the position, and the geographic location in which you want to work. When you have finished reading section 3.1, you can click the Next Section arrow at the top right to continue on to section 3.2.

3.3: Going Online with Your Resume URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 5, Section 2: The Online Profile"

It’s pretty simple, really: every single day, more and more of the world is coming online. As that trend continues, the internet is becoming our de facto first choice of where to go to find things, whether that means the closest deli to our apartment, a quality used car, or someone to fill the position that just opened up at our company.  If you want to make sure that companies can find you quickly and easily, it is vital that you create a social media presence for yourself and have your resume accessible online. But what does “digital resume” mean, exactly?  

URL Six Steps To Job Search Success: "Chapter 11, Section 1: Social Media Sites for the Job Search"

This reading explains how to utilize the different social media sites to promote yourself online and post your resume or CV. After you have finished reading, take 20 minutes to create a free LinkedIn account and update your profile there according to your most current resume.

Page Social Media for Learning: Sue Beckingham's "400 million members – Why LinkedIn is so important for our students and future graduates"

In today's job search and recruitment market, employers are increasingly relying on LinkedIn to search for qualified job applicants. If you want to be noticed by job recruiters, it is critical that you have your profile and resume on LinkedIn. This article is a brief overview of why your resume and profile should be on LinkedIn, and what type of information you should include

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