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1. Introduction to Resumes

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In the last activity, you searched for jobs you’d like to apply for and organized them in the “Applications” tab in your job search spreadsheet.

To apply for these jobs, you’ll likely need a resume.

In this activity, you will create a resume in Google Docs.

To do this, you will start with a Google Docs *template.* A template is like a pattern you can use as a guide.

Templates provide some design elements and formatting that you can use as a starting point for your projects.

They also help you keep font sizes and styles consistent throughout your document.

But your resume will be *unique*.

You will add your own background, skills, education, and experiences to your resume to highlight your strengths as a candidate for a specific job.

You’ll use action verbs and measurable details to make your resume compelling.

Once you have drafted your resume, you’ll share it with a partner and collect their feedback.

Finally, you’ll revise your resume to make it even stronger and more attractive to employers.

To start, open a new tab or window.

Go to google dot com and open your Google Drive.

Create a new document, and select “From a template.”

Check out the resume templates.

The layout, fonts, and colors are different for each template, but they all contain the same basic information: your skills, experience, education, and awards, accomplishments, or projects you’ve completed.

Choose the template you see on your screen.

Or, if you like another template and feel comfortable editing the document on your own, choose a different one instead.

You can follow the videos in this activity with any of the Google Docs resume templates.

Just make sure the style of the template fits the kind of job you’re applying for.

For example, simple designs and basic fonts work well for traditional jobs, whereas more modern designs work well for creative positions.

Rename the file with your last name and “Resume.”

Then, move on to the next video where you’ll fill out the template with information about *you.* Now, It’s Your Turn: Open Google Drive.

Create a new resume from a Google Docs template.

Rename the file with your last name and “Resume.”

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Instructions
  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. Create a new resume from a Google Docs template.