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Language Learning Resources: Resume Writing

This guide is to show what Kettering offers to assist students and faculty with English as a second language.

What are a Resume and Cover Letter?

resume is a document used to represent yourself to potential employers during a job search.  It includes your name, current contact information, summaries of your work history, education, and relevant skills and achievements.

cover letter is sent with a resume and provides context for your application. In it, you introduce yourself, identify the position you're seeking, and explain how you are qualified for the position and/or how the employer will benefit from hiring you.

Parts of a Resume

HEADING: This section of a resume is one of the most important. It should include information on how the company can contact you including; your name, address, email address and phone number. 

OBJECTIVE: The objective is a one‐sentence declaration of the type of job that you are seeking. This should only be included if you can be specific about the position you are seeking. Otherwise, omit it.

EDUCATION: This section of a resume lists all the education that you have received. You want to include the colleges, degrees and date attended. If you are currently enrolled you will include it with your expected graduation date. 

EXPERIENCE: An experience section on a resume can refer to paid or unpaid jobs and should include your job title, the name of your employer, city and state, followed by dates of employment. Next, summarize your contribution to the position, achievements, and/or responsibility assumed. 

HONORS & AWARDS: This is an optional section of your resume and should include scholarships and other related honors. These can be school or non‐school related. Make sure to include the date you received the honor or award. 

SKILLS/HIGHLIGHTS: In this section you should inform the reader of any unique, relevant or necessary skills that you have but are not reflected in the other sections of your resume. For example: foreign languages, computer applications and certifications.

REFERENCES: This section should be on a separate sheet of paper that matches the font/format of your resume and cover letter. The heading on this page should also match your resume. You should always secure the permission of anyone you choose to use as a reference before giving his/her name. Good references might include professors, advisors or employers. Never use relatives for references. 

 This is thanks to a PDF called How to Write a Resume.

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