In this lesson you will learn:

Tools For Building Your Résumé

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Cover Sheet, Interview Questions, Power Words

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thank You Letters

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Writing Your Résumé

Open Microsoft Word.

  • Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Word.

Press the "File" menu or the colored “Office Button” on the top left of the screen.
Select “New”.

In the window that opens , in the left pane scroll until you see “résumés”.

In the middle window, select “basic”.

In the right window click on “I Accept”.

In the middle window, click one time on a résumé.

  • In the right window the résumé you select will show the layout, whitespace and colors.

In the middle window select different résumés to see how each will look.

When you find the résumé you want, double click it.

Save the file using the “Office Button  »  Save As > Word Document”.

Save it to “My Documents  >  Students”. If you do not have a folder in “Students”, then create a new one:

  •  Press the folder icon that has a YELLOW star on the top right of the screen. Type your FIRST AND LAST name

Save the document with a better name.

Parts of the Résumé

Objective: An objectice describes why you want the job and what type of job you want.



A full-time-time position working as an entry-level receptionist where my excellent customer service skills can be used and developed.


An entry-level position that will allow me the opportunity to use my current skills and past work experience.


List all of your previous jobs (up to 10 years and under) and dates of employment. If you have never had a job, you may choose to write a functional résumé. A functional résumé focuses on your skills and experience. You can write a combination résumé that includes both your skills and experience along with your employment history.

Examples of Skills and achievements:

  • Ability to handle pressure
  • Believe in a strong work ethic
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Bilingual – (language name) and English
  • Excellent telephone skills
  • Understanding formatting of business letters, memos and reports
  • Customer Service
  • Bookkeeping
  • Record Keeping
  • Critical thinking
  • Typing – ( number) words per minute (show certification if you have it)
  • Ten-Key (number) keys per minute (show certification if you have it)
  • Software – Windows XP, Word, Excel
  • Show certifications if you have them in
    • Office Computing Basics
    • Word Processing Basics
    • Spreadsheet Basics
    • Presentation Basics
    • Database Basics
    • Internet Basics
    • Keyboarding - Basic or Advanced
    • Ten Key - Basic or Advanced


Follow the outline on the résumé program and include the following info:
Name of the School
City / State of the School
Course of Study: GED, Computer Basics, workplace success skills, or other classes


On the résumé: References: Available on request

On the next or different page:

On a separate sheet use three references

Title (who they are to you)
Local Phone Number

1st - Professional

2nd - Work Related

3rd - Personal

Professional (doctor, lawyer, caseworker, teacher, pastor , counsellor etc.) Work Related (Former employer, workmate, someone that can vouch for your work ethic, etc.) Personal - No Relatives (Neighbor, friend, someone who can vouch for our character)

After proof reading and making corrections on regular paper printouts, use high quality résumé paper to print.