Resume and References

  • Student Responsibilities
    1. Use the information on this page to help you with the following
    responsibilities for obtaining credit for homeroom during your senior year.
    2. Update or rewrite the resume in your career portfolio written for
    Pathways class during your freshman year.
    3. Turn in a copy of your resume into your homeroom teacher for credit.
    4. Contact 3 people who could serve as references. Include both personal
    and work references.
    5. Provide references information to your homeroom teacher for credit.
    6. OPTIONAL: Collect a copy of a letter of recommendation, written for
    you, to add to your career portfolio.
  • School Responsibilities
    1. To provide information on how to write a resume, how to select
    references and how to obtain letters of recommendation.
    2. Maintain a Career Portfolio accessible to students in the Career Center.
    Resumes
    A resume is a brief written personal profile. It gives employers a way to
    find out about you.

What your resume should include:

  • Heading:
    In bold list your full name, address, telephone number, and email address
    if available.
  • Job Objective:
    In one short sentence, tell the kind of work you are looking for.
  • Education:
    Start with your most recent school. Include date of completion, it's name
    and it's address.
  • Skill & Abilities:
    Identify skills you will need for the job. Under the skill, list the ways
    you've used it.
  • Work Experience: (only if you have worked)
    Start with your most recent job. Include dates of employment, your job
    title and company.
  • Personal: (Optional)
    List special talents, skills and/or accomplishments.
  • References:
    List the name of 3 references with their name, address and phone
    number.

Tips:
* Keep it short and simple, one page>
* Be specific, don't exaggerate.
* Make section headings stand out.
* Double space between sections.
* single space within section.
* Proof-read! Neatness counts!
* Letter of Recommendation.
( Letters of recommendation are similar to references. These are often
required for admission to post-secondary institutions, scholarships,
internships or jobs.)

What the letter should include:
Your letter of recommendation should help to promote your qualities and
skills, be factual and emphasize your successes, accomplishments and
potential. Don't be afraid to ask that your letter contain specific
information about you.

Requesting a letter of recommendation:
Carefully select individuals to write a letter of recommendation for you,
who know you well and who would be willing to discuss your personal and
job qualifications in writing. Former coaches, teachers, advisors and
employers are good choices. Requests should be made well in advance of
the time the letter is needed since it takes time to construct a well-
written letter. Do not assume that every request will be granted, due to
this time obligation. Your approach to these potential references depends
upon your relationship. Close acquaintances can be contacted verbally. In
cases where a more formal approach is required, make your request in
writing and include information that you would like included in the letter.
Provide and addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope. Do not hesitate
to ask for a copy of the letter. Finally, thank the letter writer properly!

References:
References are statements that people give about your character and
abilities.

Kinds of References:

A personal reference is one from someone, outside of your family, who
knows you well and can testify to your character and abilities. These
people might include a neighbor, teacher, coach, clergy, a friend of the
family or a business person, however, it should be someone you deal with
regularly.

Work references come from former work supervisor who know about your
performance on the job.

Choosing a Reference:
References can be a powerful influence on our behalf. They are a vital part
of your resume. Choose them carefully and treat them well. Do not give
the name of a reference until you have asked that person's permission.
Most individuals will be willing to serve as references, but do not assume
this. Tell the person who may be contacting them, what positron you are
applying for and special facts that you would like them to emphasize.
These characteristics should match up with the information you provide
on your resume. Follow up with your references when you do get your
positron and thank them.