K is For Khaki and Entry Level Rat Racing #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z, #Poetry

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By now I hope you have been enjoying these verses and prose poems inspired by colors and other non-related posts. Try and join the April A to Z Challenge hashtags and links and I will be back soon 🙂

Go to school they say

Pay attention and turn in that work!

Complete that essay, dig into the specifics!

The Intro, the thesis,

Your main statements in the body

The body

Another year in college with a major

Another three and Freshmen 15 has given you more

Back and front than you’ve wanted

You can’t find the internship, you can’t find a way

To pay the rent

The rent

Must be paid and paid in some way

And then you hear the words

Over

Quali

Fied

You

Dress, from

Feet to

Thighs

In khaki pants and place

The fresh, black cap upon your

head

And smile when you’re in pain

You go to work in the rain

And weekends

Repeating “Do you want the number(insert number) combo?”

Or you put on the starch shirt

Glance at your science degree and lament

Your impending day of getting cussed out

Over bills and other matters and you wonder if

These people need an underpaid

Counselor

Copyright©2018 Erica Jean Smith

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The Anatomy of a Resume(Part 2)

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A quick recap from last week, remember to have confidence while preparing your resume. Up to this point, you should have chosen that one job you want. Now we get into the nitty gritty!

Skip to some EXTRA special tips to beef up that resume!

What you need to include in your resume remains the same:

  • Contact information
  • Objective/summary
  • Experience
  • Education
  • References

Contact Information

This is where your name, email, phone number and website will go. How you style this is up to you, we will go over style and amazing apps to create your resumes in another post. For now common sense and the experts agree: do not use unprofessional emails(like sugarqueen(at)aol.com, or lickItNicely100), refrain from those please. Just create a free account using your name. Mine would be ericajean(at)something(dot)com. Get it?

Career Objective/Summary

This is the really important part. In fact Philip C. Kolin, author of Professional Writing at Work states:

Create an objective that precisely dovetails with the prospective employer’s requirements.”(p.143)

What does that even mean?

This means in step one of preparing your resume, the job ad listed some things required.

Your objective should match that(this is why you will make more than one resume pertaining to what industry you are looking to get hired. One resume can not be used for several different industries).

Kolin says you should ask your self four questions to help you build your objective: 1) What kind of job do I want? 2) What kind of job am I qualified for? 3) What capabilities do I possess(look at your confident skills list)? 4) What kind of skills do I want to learn?

Here is an example from one of my resumes:

Experienced educator using my proven skills in instruction and communication to help increase literacy in students of any age.”

What’s new for this section, is that now it is pretty cool to come up with a brand descriptor of yourself. Something like: Self Starter with a Decade of Customer Service Skills.

This would typically appear right before your career objective. Again, we’ll talk about designing and styling your resume later.

Education or Experience?

Which should go first?

Generally if you have more experience, please list that first on the resume.

If you are a recent graduate, list your education first and for experience make sure to list any pertinent volunteering you’ve done or internships and sometimes I have even listed courses I have taken that matches the job I am going for.

Example: Completed 25 hours in major courses in finance, accounting, economics….

References

Should this even be included?

It is up to you.

Simply stating “Available upon request”-without the quotation marks, should be fine. I keep a separate file of current references available as a PDF just in case the job requests it.

Extra Tips

Now, I can’t leave you hanging. There is more you should understand about the anatomy of a resume.

Words and style DO matter.

First, when you are writing your resume, make sure you use action verbs throughout it.

Words such as “calculated, accomplished, taught, weighed, won, worked” and more are examples.

These words are “action terms”- things you have done. Hiring managers love to see what you have done. My favorite is “spearheaded” the word reminds me of a shark in a suit…okay, you can laugh(138)

Second, which style resume would work for you? Functional or chronological?

This is important to think of before we start plugging information into a resume app.

Chronological is what it implies. It chronicles your job and education experience, “especially if you show a continuity toward progress in your career”(147). Here is an example of a chronological resume.

Now, if you are like me and have changed jobs frequently and have been a nontraditional student, a functional resume would suffice. A functional resume focuses on abilities gathered from education, coursework, extracurricular activities and so on. Here is an example of a functional resume.

Whew! Glad we are done with this part.

Your Turn!

Now get out a sheet of paper and jot down information for each of those sections. Think of word choice and the terms the job ad uses. This is important. I will tell you how important in the last post. For now, get to working, look at the examples provided.

Learn from the examples if anything else.

I’ll see you in the next post 😉