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Course Description

One of the most important and intimidating steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume that gets the attention you want and need. Unfortunately, many job seekers get overwhelmed before they even get started. The result is poorly-written resumes that are built on top of templates that don't do the job seeker any good.

Today, resumes must appeal to potential employers while also being optimized for the electronic age. Whether you are handing a resume over in person or are emailing an electronic copy to be added to an online database, the words you use and the formatting you choose will make a big difference in whether or not you get that interview.

This course teaches you not just what a resume should look like, but what it should say. It walks you step-by-step through the creation of the most common sections found on resumes in today's job market. In addition to helping you determine what information should be included, it also goes a step further to help you realize what pitfalls to avoid when creating this powerful, job-searching tool.

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a resume is and its purpose.
  • Define types of resumes.
  • Prepare to write your resume.
  • Draft a resume for presentation.
  • Develop the Professional Objective and Education Sections of your resume.
  • Develop the Experience Section of your resume.
  • Develop the Skills Section of your resume.
  • Develop the Honors and Awards Section of your resume.
  • Define the Activities and Interests Section of your resume.
  • Know ways to bolster your resume appropriately.
  • Polish your resume.
  • Create a cover letter, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. An Introduction to the Resume

This lesson discusses what you can expect to learn throughout this course, including what a resume is and why it is important. 31 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Additional information about what a resume is; Purdue University resume writing workshop
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Defining a Resume
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 1 - An Introduction to the Resume

Lesson 2. Types of Resumes

This lesson discusses the four basic types of resumes, including chronological, functional, combination, and cirricula vitae. 30 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Article about when to choose a functional resume; Article on the fundamentals of a good chronological resume
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Choosing the best type of resume
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 2 - Types of Resumes

Lesson 3. Preparing to Write Your Resume

In this lesson you will learn about what type of information you should gather to prepare your resume. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Article on how to handle job gaps on your resume; Video on adding achievements to your resume
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Gathering Information
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 3 - Preparing to Write Your Resume

Lesson 4. Presentation

This lesson focuses on the look of your resume, including paper types, length, and using a template. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Resume Examples; Sample resumes to view
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Narrowing down your presentation
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 4 - Presentation

Lesson 5. Professional Objective and Education Section

This lesson focuses on crafting your professional objective and your educational experience. 29 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Information on education sections for resumes; List of example professional objectives
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Writing an objective and educational section
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 5 - Professional Objective and Education Section

Lesson 6. Experience

This lesson discusses what type of experiences you should include on your resume. 30 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Article explaining the Do's and Dont's for Job Seekers; Article on resume mistakes
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Evaluating Experience
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 6 - Experience

Lesson 7. Skills Section

This lesson focuses on determining what type of skills you should include on your resume and how to present them. 30 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Creating a skills section
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 7 - Skills Section

Lesson 8. Honors and Awards

This lesson focuses on identifying and listing honors and awards on your resume. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Additional Information; Sample honors and awards on a resume
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Identifying Honors and Awards
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 8 - Honors and Awards

Lesson 9. Activities and Interests

This lesson looks at what activities and interests you may want to consider adding to your resume, and how to fit them in. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Videos: How to build a better resume; How to make a video resume
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Identifying activities for your resume
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 9 - Activities and Interests

Lesson 10. Bolstering Your Resume

This lesson looks at ways that you can bolster your resume to make your experience more relevant or if you lack job experience. 29 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Information about lying on resumes; Should you lie on your resume?
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Identifying areas to be bolstered
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 10 - Bolstering Your Resume

Lesson 11. Polishing Your Resume

This lesson focuses on what you can do to polish your resume, including making it stand out and what to avoid. 29 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Additional information about writing resumes; Resume power words
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Putting it all together
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 11 - Polishing Your Resume

Lesson 12. Cover Letters

This lesson discusses the cover letter, including what it is, what should be included, and how to format one. 30 Total Points
  • Review Article: Example cover letter
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment: Writing a cover letter
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 12 - Cover Letters

Lesson 13. Resumes in the Digital Age

This lesson focuses on issues around digital formats, including scanning, using keywords, and resume alternatives. 73 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Attending resume writing conferences; Information about resume writing as a career; Perfecting your digital resume
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment: Evaluating alternatives
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 13 - Resumes in the Digital Age
  • Complete: The Final Exam
357
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Resume Writing 101
Course Number: 8900119
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Student Testimonials

  • "All parts of the course were helpful - each lesson was broken into a small section that focused on one main point. This was very easy to follow, and each lesson built on the previous lesson....I learned a great deal about the topics covered." -- Lindsey B.
  • "Thank you very much for the great information. I found it very helpful. It has been 15 years since I did my only resume so I really needed the help. A lot has changed in that amount of time with technology advances." -- Elaine S.
  • "I thought the most helpful part of the course was how the instructor had the lessons laid out. It was nice and made writing a resume easier the way she split each section of a resume up and had you prepare each section as we went. At the end all you had to do is piece together the sections from the lessons you wanted in your final resume and you had a full functional "professional" style resume to send out to a potential employer...VERY GOOD JOB BY THE INSTRUCTOR!!!!" -- Terry E.
  • "I really enjoyed it, look forward to doing it again." -- Wayne B.
  • "The lectures held a lot of information that was very helpful. The exam was a back-up to make sure you understood the material." -- Lisa J.
  • "It was very helpful to be able to work step-by-step to complete my resume. Each lesson invited me to really reflect on my past accomplishments and helped me zero-in on my future goals." -- Patricia F.

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