HomePrint
Email

Go To Search
Our Services - At Your ServiceE-Library - Online Guides and ResourcesAdults - Resources and InformationYouth - Children and Teens
Click to Home

Rookie Résumé

Rookie Résumé

  1. Make sure you are prepared with a Flash Drive.  Borrow one at the reference desk if you do not have one.
  2. Make sure you have an e-mail address set up and that you know your password and how to log in. If you do not have an e-mail address, see step 3.
  3. Go to any library public access computer, log on with your library card or guest pass number, accept the “Computer Use Policy,” and insert your flash drive into the USB port on the front of the computer.  A window may pop up that displays the contents of the flash drive.  Close this window.
    1. If you need to set up an e-mail account, click the desktop icon that says “Internet Explorer.”  Enter www.gmail.com into the address bar of the browser window follow the instructions listed under “Create an Account.” Be sure to write down your e-mail address and password (see the librarian for scratch paper and pencil).
    2. If you already have an e-mail address, click the desktop icon that says “Microsoft Office Word 2007.”  A blank document should appear (if a blank document does not automatically appear, you should instead see the “New Document” box- within this box click “Blank Document” [near the top left corner], then click  “Create” [at the bottom right corner]).
  4. To create your résumé, type the following information exactly as instructed and without concerning yourself with font style, size or formatting:
    1. At the very top of the page, type your full name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address. Press the <enter> key one time after each item.
    2. Type an objective. The objective is a short sentence describing what type of work you hope to obtain.  Press the <enter> key one time after your objective.
    3. Type “Work Experience,” then press the <enter> key one time.  On this line begin to list every job you have held, starting with the most recent. For each job, type your job title followed by the dates you worked there, the name and address of the company and the name and phone number of your supervisor.  Add a second sentence beginning with the phrase “Job Duties” followed by the specific duties you performed in that job.Press the <enter> key one time after each job.
    4. Type “Education,” then press the <enter> key one time.  On this line, begin to list every school you have attended starting with the most recent. For each school, type the name and address of the school followed by the dates you went there.   Add a second sentence describing the name of the degree, diploma or certificate you received, or the courses you took if you did not receive a degree, diploma or certificate. Press the <enter> key one time after each school.
    5. Type “Additional Skills” and press the <enter> key one time.  Write a sentence describing any other relevant information such as languages spoken, computer programming knowledge, etc. and press the <enter> key one time.
    6. Finish with the phrase: “References: Available upon request.”
  5. At this point, go and get a librarian to help you with the formatting.  If you feel you can do it yourself, format as follows:
    1. Center your name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address, putting you name in bold type. Underline your e-mail address.
    2. Make the “Work Experience” heading bold and put bullets on the list of jobs.  Do the same for “Education.”
    3. Make the phrase “Additional Skills” bold, but leave the rest of that section normal. 
    4. Make the word “References” bold, but leave the phrase “Available upon request” normal.
  6. Click on the big round button at the top left corner of the Microsoft Word window and choose “Save As” “Word Document.” A “Save As” window will pop up.  On the left-hand side of this window click “My Computer” and then “E:” (this will take you to your flash drive).  Now type a name (such as ‘resume’) into the “File Name” bar and then click save.  Close the document once it has been saved.
  7. Now you may want to open up your e-mail and send your résumé to someone else such as a company you would like to work for.  If you are using the library’s flash drive, you will want to e-mail your résumé to yourself or a close family member or friend, as you will need to return the flash drive and cannot take it home. To e-mail a résumé, you start by going into your e-mail program, creating a new message, and clicking “attach” or “attach files” or “attach a file” (providers differ in what they call this option.  Clicking on this should open a “browse for file” window.  Within this window, you will click “My Computer,” locate your flash drive (usually “E:”), and then click on your résumé.  The e-mail program will then begin the process of uploading the file.  Complete the message by adding the e-mail address to which you want to send your résumé (can be your own address) and any subject or message you desire.  Click “send,” and you are finished!