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PREPARING FOR YOUR CAREER
Writing a Resume
Lesson 4: Resume Sections – Part 3
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How to Create an Electronic
Resume
Distribute Handout #2: How to Create an
Electronic Resume
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Electronic Resume
Now that you have created a resume you can
print, you can now use your Print resume to
create an Electronic resume.

Always remember to update or create a new
Electronic resume when you
make changes to your Print
resume or create a customized
resume.
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How to Create an Electronic Resume
1. Open the saved version of your Print
resume.
2. Click the Edit Menu and select the
Select All function, this will select
(highlight) your entire document.
3. Click the Edit Menu and select the Copy function.
4. Open your computer’s Notepad, which is usually
located in the Accessories folder. Click the Edit
Menu and select the Paste function. Your Print
resume will now appear in the Notepad window.
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Create an Electronic Resume Cont.
5. Click the File Menu and select
the Save As function. Save
your Electronic resume.
6. Notice how all of your
Formatting codes (Bold,
Underlining, Centering, Tabs,
etc.) have been removed from
the original document. In some cases,
bullets will automatically turn into
asterisks (*) or dashes (-), if not, make
these replacements yourself.
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7. Now you need to clean up any extra spaces
or unusual gaps caused by tabs. When you
are done, your name should be at the top,
flush left, with your address, telephone
number and email address underneath.
8. If you have items in a Table, you will need to Cut
and Paste these in a list that is flush left.
9. Regardless of your original format, your Section
Headings should be left flush and the body text
directly underneath. You can add one hard return
between paragraphs that are not separated, but if
you add more returns, they will not “hold” and may
cause problems later.
Create an Electronic Resume Cont.
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10. To check your changes, click
File then Save, Exit and Open
this file again to review the
results.
11. Before submitting your
Electronic resume, email it to
yourself within an email and
as an attachment to see how it looks.
Print it out and see what it looks like. In
most cases, some additional clean-up will
be needed before it is ready to use.
Create an Electronic Resume Cont.
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Sample Electronic Resume
Distribute Handout #3: Sample Electronic
Resume
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Exercise #3: Create Your Own
Electronic Resume
Distribute Exercise #3: Create Your
Own Electronic Resume
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Resume Dos
• Research position and company and customize
resume to highlight most relevant qualifications.
• Always include specific Career Objective with
significant supporting contributions and results-
oriented examples for relevant knowledge, skills
and accomplishments in Summary of Qualifications.
If an employer does not see your
qualifications up front, they will
go on to the next resume!
Key points to remember when creating resume:
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Resume Dos Continued
• Incorporate keywords and terms
for position and industry.
• Always keep resume professional
in appearance and tone.
• Only include relevant work experience. Do not
waste valuable resume space with nonessential
information.
• If you submit an Electronic resume, make sure you
have a Print copy to take with you to the interview
that matches the Electronic version.
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Resume Don’ts
• Do not clutter your resume with
repetitive information.
• Do not include hobbies, sports, social activities, etc.,
unless they are relevant to the position or company.
• Do not include personal information such as, social
security number, spouse or children information,
physical description, remarks about health or your
personal philosophies.
Here are some things you should
not do when creating your resume:
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Resume Don’ts Continued
• Do not include references on resume or state,
“References available on request.” This takes up
valuable resume space.
• Do not use exact dates; months and years are
sufficient.
• Do not include the telephone number of current
employer unless they know you are job searching.
• Do not include salary information on resume. If
requested, include this information in your cover
letter; otherwise, save it for the interview.
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Resume Don’ts Continued
• Do not list reasons for separation from a
job or gaps in your resume. You can
explain these during an interview.

• Most importantly, never lie or
make up information on your
resume. An employer will expect
that you can do everything you
say you can do on your resume!
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A. Research the industry and position
B. Gather the necessary information – names,
dates, etc.
C. List your relevant skills
D. All of the above
Question 1
Which of the following should you do before
writing a resume?
Topic Quiz: Resume Sections
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A. Professional References
B. Personal Contact Information
C. Career Objective
D. Work History
Question 2
Which of these sections should you NOT
include on your resume?
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A. Too much information
B. Too vague
C. Too long
D. Non-relevant information
Question 3
What is the most common Objective mistake?
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A. Only include relevant work experience
B. Incorporate keywords and terms
C. Include physical description
and health status
D. Layout in conservative
design
Question 4
Which of the following should you NOT do
on a resume?
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A. Clutter with repetitive information
B. Include your hobbies and
personal interests
C. Include reference information
D. All of the above.
Question 5
Which of the following should you NOT do
on an Electronic resume?
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A. Research the industry and position
B. Gather the necessary information – names, dates, etc.
C. List your relevant skills
D. All of the above
Question 1
Which of the following should you do before writing a resume?
Answer
D. Before writing your resume, you need to research the
industry and position, gather the information you will need
and list your relevant skills for the position.
Topic Quiz: Resume Sections
Instructor Guide
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A. Professional References
B. Personal Contact Information
C. Career Objective
D. Work History
Question 2
Which of these sections should you NOT include on
your resume?
Answer
A. Do not include your references on your resume
because it takes up valuable space. You can
provide your references later during the interview
process.
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A. Too much information
B. Too vague
C. Too long
D. Non-relevant information
Question 3
What is the most common Objective mistake?
Answer
B. The biggest Career Objective
mistake is being too vague.
Your Career Objective needs to
be specific and relevant to the
position you are applying for.
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A. Only include relevant work experience
B. Incorporate keywords and terms
C. Include physical description and health status
D. Layout in conservative design
Question 4
Which of the following should you NOT do on a
resume?
Answer
C. You should not include any
personal information in your
resume.
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A. Clutter with repetitive information
B. Include your hobbies and personal interests
C. Include reference information
D. All of the above.
Question 5
Which of the following should you NOT do on an
Electronic resume?
Answer
C. You should not do all of the above
items when creating your
Electronic resume.
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Lesson 4: Resume Sections –
Part 3
END OF LESSON