Write Good Resumes

A resume is a communication tool job seekers use to get interviews. Resumes are not a list of what you did. They list what you can do on the job. Again, use your Occupational Research (pdf).

List your skills and experience that employers want. When describing work experience, start with an action verb. Do not say “responsible for …”

Resume Formats
A chronological resume lists your work history starting with the most recent. This is the most common type of resume. It is used by people who are staying in the same career pathway. See a sample of a chronological resume.
A functional resume groups your skills and experience by skill areas. These skill areas are called “functions.” It is often used by people who do not have any work history. See a sample of a functional resume.
A combination resume joins the two formats together. It groups your skills by function and it lists a short work history. It is often used by people who are changing careers. See a sample of a combination resume.
What Features to Include on Your Resume
Some people start their resumes with a career objective. It is your target occupation or industry. Your resume can use a career objective or a summary statement. 
A summary statement shows why you are a good fit for your target. You can highlight your skills and traits that make you successful. Show why you would be a good fit for the company.
Contact information tells the employer how to reach you. It is very important for setting up interviews. Most people list their address, phone number, and e-mail.
Education lists your degrees and classes. Include work licenses and certifications.
Your work experience describes where you worked. It also describes your skills and accomplishments.

Build Your Resume

As you gain more work experience and skills, updating your resume is important. CareerZone and JobZone allow you to update your resume in your portfolio account. Follow the directions below to build your resume today.
If you are using CareerZone:
1) Log into your CareerZone Portfolio Account
2) Select “Resume Builder.”
3) You can create a new resume or edit one you have already made. You can also save multiple resumes to your account. 
4) There are different parts of your resume that are important for employers to see. Fill out the different areas that will complete your resume (see below):

  • Employment Objective
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Work History
  • Volunteer Work
  • Education
  • Military Experience
  • Licenses and Certifications
  • Professional Associations
  • Awards

5) Select which experiences you would like on your resume by clicking the check boxes next to the information. You can target which experiences are specific to the job you are applying for. Hit Save when you are done.
6) You can then change the font and format for saving your resume. To view your resume in different formats, make your edits using the Font, File Format, and Display settings. Then select “View Resume.”

If you are using JobZone:
1) Log into your JobZone account
2) In the section labeled “Resume Preparation” select “Resume Builder”
3) Follow the above steps for CareerZone to create your resume in JobZone
 

Resume Writing Resources

New York CareerZone- Resume module
New York Job Zone
Career OneStop
Career Infonet

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