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  • 0:01 What Is a Resume?
  • 0:54 Professional Experience
  • 2:03 Education
  • 3:05 Personal Accomplishments
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Instructor: Jennifer Lombardo
An effective resume starts with creating a 3-part summary of your qualifications: work experience, education and personal achievements. Every resume should be tailored specifically to match a job advertisement's requirements.

What Is a Resume?

Most people know that advertisements for products are used to persuade consumers to make a purchase. Did you know that resumes are an advertisement for you? A resume is a brief summary of professional, education and personal accomplishments that is used to acquire a job. Most hiring companies will only spend 45 seconds perusing your resume, so it needs to be effective, succinct and professional. This lesson will explain the different parts of a resume and their importance.

Most individuals realize that a resume needs to be adapted and tweaked in order to apply for different positions. It is a necessity to develop a basic resume that can be altered depending on the job requirements. A well-written resume should provide an opening to a job interview. Let's take a look at the sections and relevant information of each.

Professional Experience

The first section of a resume should consist of your professional experience, which contains the dates of employment, job titles, job duties and accomplishments. An example of what a professional experience section should look like would be as follows:

Camp Knockawacka
June 11 - Sept. 11
Camp Counselor

  • Responsible for kids' entertainment every night at camp fire.
  • Created fun craft and sports activities for campers.
  • Cleaned mess hall after campers' meals.

The job you are applying for should be reflected in altering specific responsibilities or relevant achievements in order to best match the position. A candidate needs to ensure that selling points are easily viewed because they inform the potential employer about how he or she could be a valuable asset to the company.

For example, our job seeker, Joe, is trying to find a summer job. He is applying for a position with the circus as a clown. He will want to highlight his previous work at kids' camps and his specific responsibilities of entertaining kids with magic tricks around the campfire.

Education

The second part of a resume should consist of an individual's education. This section does not just contain college information, but also certificates, work seminars or academic awards. If an individual has not completed college, it is appropriate to list specific, relevant classes instead, with estimated graduation date and degree. Lastly, an excellent grade point average should be mentioned in this section too. For example, Joe is currently attending Clown University, so his education resume section will look like this:

Education
Clown University, Smiley, GA.
Candidate for B.A. in Clownology, G.P.A. 4.0, Focus: Magic Tricks.
Expected to graduate in May 2020.
Attended Canadian Clown Workshop, 2018

The education section provides potential employers with evidence of your expertise and goals. Your education should show the employer that you are acquiring the needed skills to excel in your chosen area.

Personal Accomplishments

Personal accomplishments should be the last part of your resume and consist of work-related organizations, memberships and volunteer activities. This section should also explain the positions and duties of your personal achievements. Many people who lack work experience find that volunteering allows them to increase the evidence of their skills on a resume. Lastly, as with work experience, it is important to focus on accomplishments that relate to an advertised position's needs. Joe added a few personal accomplishments to his resume.

Personal Endeavors:

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