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1. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

Hey,

I was just attempting to do my first resumé and I'd love all the help I can get. As I've been at school for the past 12 years I'm not sure what I'm meant to put in. Also as I boarded during high school I wasn't able to have a part-time job, therefore have no formal job experience.

I'd love any advice, however small, in order to make an impression on a potentional employer. Thanks in advance for your assistance,

Cheers,

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

There's two parts to any resume. The first is a covering letter describing what qualifies you for the particular job. The second is a listing of your education, work experience, skills, and biographical information. At the end is usually a line saying something like "references will be provided on request". Keep it short (3 pages is good)

The covering letter is the most important part. You must understand what the employer is looking for and you must state clearly what skills or experience you have that qualifies you for the job. The employer doesn't know you so you must tell them why they should do you the great big favour of paying you. Be honest, they'll know when they interview you, and anyway it's grounds for firing you even after you get hired.

If you don't have job experience concentrate on what you have done in school or hobbies or extracurricular activities or skills you have that qualify you for the job. Include very specific examples if you can. If you're applying for a cashier girl job...mention you have A's in your math courses, and you're great with people....

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I find paying a lot of attention to the presentation of your skills and experience is important,
Scour your life history for things you have done that exemplify skills you have for instance... solo travel in South America shows independance, resourcefulness etc...

good luck, I know its difficult, also tailoring the CV or resume for the job you apply to is also a good trick

m

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

It really does depend on what you are applying for. You don't always need a cover letter. The McDonald's manager doesn't care if you have one and won't read it if you do.

But there are certainly places that look for them, I guess researching is important. Or you could create a cover letter all of the time just in case.

Like mentioned above if you don't have much or any work experience, any examples of hard work, patience, team work, leadership, etc. will help you get that job.

But also a well placed $20 can get you in a few doors..

5. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I agree with Brendan. Look into the company(ies) you're applying to and try to tailor your resume to the type of work they do. No need to make up phony bologna, but if you worked in a restaurant play up customer service skills, etc. If you have limited experience, I'd focus primarily on the cover letter and hope for a good interview. You have to start somewhere so if you don't have loads of experience, maybe add stuff like travel experience or other pursuits you may have. In the end, most employers will just read through all the B.S anyway and either schedule you for an interview or perhaps just leave you hanging.

Good luck!

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

yes presentation is a definate, and a really big tip don't forget to put your DOB, if you don't then you most probably won't get an interview-the amount of people that don't put it on there!!

7. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

Thanks for all your help guys. And I've also realised that resume doesn't have an acute accent on the e. 5 years of French at school and I still can't spell it!!

Cheers and let's hope I get at least one of the jobs I applied for otherwise it might be a long four years at university surviving on water, toast and two minute noodles!

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Actaully the proper spelling is: Résumé

And lil j what do you mean DOB? I assume you mean date of birth? If so, I don't know about where you are, but in Canada it is illegal for an employer to ask your date of birth before you are hired.

9. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

yeh i mean date of birth, well when we got c.v's in the ones that didnt have their DOB we out to one side -obviously we wouldn't say to ppl that that's why we did not even give them an interview.It's good to know how old ppl are tho-if you want the shop-including staff to be young etc-depending on what ppl you want to attract and the environment you are trying to 'create'...i dont know if this is making sense.

When you get so many C.V's in you dont want to be wasting time trying to work out how old the person is if they will fit in with your expectations, you don't want to be interviewing ppl you have no intention of hiring.

Another thing ppl tend to do is when they write about their employment in places the dates never add up-perhaps it's just the ppl that apply to our shop! lol.

i've really bored myself now...applogies everyone!

I'm not thinking straight-had a few too many late nights! bed early for me tonight (yeh right!)

10. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Well I am not sure about the U.K., but in Canada what you just described is illegal. Age discrimination.