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4. Tailor Your Resume

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In this video, you will use your brainstorming document to tailor your resume for one specific job application.

Review your brainstorming document again.

Then, click the tab for your resume.

If your resume is no longer open on your computer, open it again from your Google Drive.

First, add text to the “Skills” or “profile” section.

This part of your resume tells the employer very briefly what your objectives and goals are in your next job.

In the “Skills” section, write a brief paragraph that summarizes your strengths.

You’ll give more details in the “Experience” section.

This is the place for your “elevator pitch” -- the things you would tell an employer about yourself if you were both in an elevator and only had a few seconds to convince them you deserve the job.

This section should be concise but also give the employer a sense of who you are as a worker.

It should specifically address the skills and qualities needed in the job you’re applying for Next, fill out the “Experience” section with descriptions of the jobs you have held.

These points show employers what you accomplished at your previous jobs.

They also showcase your experience and skills.

Under each job and employment date, make a list of the most important tasks, accomplishments, or skills that you used or learned at the job.

Or, separate these items with bullet points.

Highlight the text and select “Bulleted list.”

Each task, accomplishment, or skill should include an action verb and a specific reference to the job description.

*Action verbs* express ideas concisely and persuasively.

Read over the job description and the words you highlighted for help.

Use words from the job description wherever possible, but make your resume your own.

Don’t just copy and paste phrases from the advertisement.

If you need help thinking of action verbs, check out the list linked on this page.

It is also helpful to check out how other people have tailored their resumes for similar jobs.

Career websites offer sample resumes for all kinds of jobs, and you can check out real resumes on social networking sites.

Search the internet for resumes and the job you’re applying for.

Then, use similar language in your own resume.

Write 3 or 4 points for each of your jobs, using specific words from the job description as often as you can.

They don’t have to be perfect.

In the next video, you will revise your resume to make it more persuasive.

Now, it’s your turn: Write a brief paragraph in the opening section of your resume that describes your goals and objectives.

Then, add a short bulleted list of the skills you developed at each of your previous jobs.

Use words from the job description throughout your resume to show you're a great fit for the job.

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Instructions
  1. Write a brief paragraph to describe your goals and objectives.
  2. Add a short bulleted list for each of your jobs. Start each bullet point with an action verb.
  3. Use words from the job description.