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Course Syllabus: Resume Writing 101


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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 have to 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 search tool.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements for taking this course other than a high school reading and writing level of the English language.  All material will be given online so there are no required books or other materials to purchase.

Course Topics

 

Lesson One: An Introduction to the Resume

 

Introduction

What Is a Resume?

How and Why are they Used?

 

Lesson Two: Types of Resumes

 

Introduction

The Four Main Resume Types

The Chronological Resume

The Functional Resume

The Combination Resume

Curricula Vitae

Making the Choice

 

Lesson Three: Preparing to Write Your Resume

 

Introduction

What Information Will You Need?

-          Education

-          Job History

-          Achievements

Narrowing It Down

 

Lesson Four: Presentation

 

Introduction

The Rules of the Game

-          Length

-          Font

-          Spacing

-          Layout

-          Sections

-          Paper

Resume Assistance

 

Lesson Five: Professional Objective and Education Section

 

Introduction

Writing Your Objective

The Education Section

 

Lesson Six: Experience

 

Introduction

Take an Objective Look at Your Experience

-          Job Experience

-          Volunteer Experience

-          Leadership Experience

How to Present Your Experience

Action Words to Use

 

Lesson Seven: Skills Section

 

Introduction

What Skills are Relevant?

How to Discover Your Skills

Presenting Your Skills on the Resume

Specialized Resumes

 

Lesson Eight: Honors and Awards

 

Introduction

Why to Consider Including an Honors and Awards Section

Choosing Honors and Awards to Include

How to Present Your Honors and Awards on Your Resume

 

Lesson Nine: Activities and Interests

 

Introduction

Why Should You Include Your Activities and Interests?

Activities and Interests to Include

What to Avoid

 

Lesson Ten: Bolstering Your Resume

 

Introduction

When You Just Don’t Have the Job Experience

Making the Most of the Job Experience You Do Have

Honesty Is the Best Policy

 

Lesson Eleven: Polishing Your Resume

 

Introduction

Tailoring Your Resume

Making Your Resume Stand Out

Things to Avoid

 

Lesson Twelve: Cover Letters

 

Introduction

The Purpose of a Cover Letter

What to Include

Anatomy of a Cover Letter

 

Lesson Thirteen: Resumes in the Digital Age

 

Introduction

The Scannable Resume

-          What are Keywords

-          Formatting Considerations

Resume Alternatives

Course Materials

All course materials are provided within the course lessons.

Grading Policy

90 - 100 % = A
80 - 89 % = B
70 - 79 % = C
Below 70 = F
 

Each lesson will be followed with review exams and assignments to practice and test comprehension of lesson material.

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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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Quiz for Lesson 1 - An Introduction to the Resume10
Lesson 2 Assignment: Choosing the best type of resume20
Quiz for Lesson 2 - Types of Resumes10
Lesson 3 Assignment: Gathering Information2
Quiz for Lesson 3 - Preparing to Write Your Resume9
Lesson 4 Assignment: Narrowing down your presentation2
Quiz for Lesson 4 - Presentation10
Lesson 5 Assignment: Writing an objective and educational section2
Quiz for Lesson 5 - Professional Objective and Education Section9
Lesson 6 Assignment: Evaluating Experience2
Quiz for Lesson 6 - Experience10
Lesson 7 Assignment: Creating a skills section2
Quiz for Lesson 7 - Skills Section10
Lesson 8 Assignment: Identifying Honors and Awards2
Quiz for Lesson 8 - Honors and Awards9
Lesson 9 Assignment: Identifying activities for your resume2
Quiz for Lesson 9 - Activities and Interests10
Lesson 10 Assignment: Identifying areas to be bolstered2
Quiz for Lesson 10 - Bolstering Your Resume9
Lesson 11 Assignment: Putting it all together20
Quiz for Lesson 11 - Polishing Your Resume9
Lesson 12 Assignment: Writing a cover letter20
Quiz for Lesson 12 - Cover Letters10
Lesson 13 Assignment: Evaluating alternatives2
Quiz for Lesson 13 - Resumes in the Digital Age9
The Final Exam62
Total Points:265
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