How to prepare a resume: A pictorial presentation

A Presentation
Preparing Resume

Types of resume

O   Chronological resume

O   Functional resume

O   Chrono-functional resume

O   Combination Resume

O   Targeted Resume

O   Mini Resume

O   Nontraditional Resume

Parts of a resume

O   Identification

O   Job and/or career objective

O   Career summary

O   Qualifications

O   Education

O   Work experience

O   Honors and activities

O   Personal information

O   References

Preparing resumes

O   Presentation is very important

O   Error check is very important

O   Put your best efforts

O   Prepare a rough draft and do multiple check.

O   Take suggestions

Preparing a Print Resume- Primary marketing Document

Processing a Scannable Resume

Companies use electronic tracking system for faster processing.

     System to Process Scannable Resume:

O   Stores incoming resumes in electronic database

O   Uses a list of key words to rank the applicants

O   Prepares LOR and interview offers accordingly

O   Stores resumes for future reference

Advantages to Job Seekers

Applicant’s resume matched with positions not applied otherwise

Resume is saved in the system

Easy to access if a new position is available in the company

Formatting a scannable Resume

O   Step 1: Be sure you have keywords in your resume.

O   Step 2: Use scannable characters. The resume scanning system’s OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software must be able to “read” the text on your paper resume

o   Use only the most common and clear fonts such as Times, Times New Roman, Palatino, Garamond, Arial, and Helvetica, because these are usually scanner-friendly (OCR will recognize the characters properly).

o   Develop your text in font sizes of 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14 points — no smaller and no larger.

o   Do not use italics.

Step 3: Emphasize words by putting them in all caps. Use all capital letters for important words rather than using bold, underline, italics, or extra-large type, so that when the image of your resume is seen by the hiring manager, those words will stand out.

Step 4: Use simple formatting. Keep the formatting of your resume very plain:

o  Do not use any vertical or horizontal lines, borders, shaded bars, or boxes.

o  Change bullet points or other special symbols to standard keyboard ones such as asterisks, dashes, or plus signs.


O   Step 5: Print your resume on plain white paper. You want to create a high contrast between your type and the background for the most accurate scanning possible. The best way to do this is to:


O   Don’t fax your resume. Fax machines lessen the integrity of the print, making it harder for the OCR to recognize characters.


•                      Choose postings of your resume with purpose.

•                      Don’t get in a hurry.

•                      Include your resume in the format requested by the employer or job bank.

•                      Include a key word summary after the identification section.

•                      Email a cover message to accompany an online resume.


There are two additional tools for communicating Qualifications and abilities other than a Resume:

Professional Portfolios (e-portfolio).

Employment Video.

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