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  • Writer's pictureEvita Ellis


Looking for a job means you must have a personal resume. A resume is a one-page summary of your skills, accomplishments, experiences, and education, and is designed to grab an employer’s interest and get you an interview. It is your personal poster or web page telling about yourself and why you are qualified for the job.

Here are some resume-writing tips:

•Show your best attributes and skills so the employer will want to meet you.

•Describe your skills and abilities as they relate to the job duties.

•Focus on your experience and education that’s appropriate for the job you are seeking.

•Be honest about what you list.

•Ask someone like a school counselor, career center technician, or teacher to read your draft and give you suggestions.

•Always prepare a well-organized, easy-to-read printed resume (hand-written resumes are not acceptable).

•Make sure your resume is error free: check for correct spelling and grammar. Have someone else proofread it.

•Allow plenty of time to develop your resume.

•Ask your teacher, school counselor, club advisor, or coach to be a reference.

•Start your resume with the job objective at the beginning.

There are many resources for resume writing, both in books and on the Internet. Many companies use only electronic resumes which may have different guidelines.

Below is a sample resume for you to use to get you started.

Lisa Ortiz

142 South Main Street

El Monte, CA 91735

(626) 555-1212

Lisa's email@address

OBJECTIVE: Retail Sales Clerk


• General retail merchandising skills

• Bilingual–Spanish

• Sales experience

• Merchandise stocking

• Display work

• Use of computerized cash register

• Technological literacy—Word processing, database management, and Internet


Cashier at Target Summer 2011

Volunteer Work at L.A. County Fair Fall 2010

McDonald’s Restaurant September 2009 to May 2010

Night Drive Up Window Service


Excellence High School Graduate June 2011

Career Technical Education-Retail Junior and Senior Years

Merchandising Classes Work Experience Class


Junior Scholastic Scholarship Federation

Bank of America Award in Retail Merchandising

Community Service Award for Volunteer Work

Certificate in Computer Studies

OSHA Safety Certificate



Hiking and Backpacking


Available upon request. (Type your references on a separate page.)


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