Formatting A Resume

The structure of a resume can be created in many different formats. Above all remember you are representing yourself in text and this text will either make the would be employer run to you or away from you.

Write your resume toward the perspective of the specific company you are applying with. Is it a strictly business corporation or a more relaxed company atmosphere? Answer not only the needs of the advertisement, but the company's concern about you being the right fit for the position. Use better quality printer paper than multi purpose if you are mailing the resume through the postal service and be certain to include a cover letter in normal business letter format. If you have an individuals name to address your resume to, use it to full advantage. If not, simply address it to Human Resources c/o The Company Name.

A resume sent through the email system may or may not require a cover letter. If they do not specify whether or not one is required, be sure to include yours. A proper cover letter will need to include the job you are applying for and why you feel you are qualified for the position. Add a line or two about what you can offer the company listing a few of your unique skills. Use the business letter format with the tab to the left, company name and address above the Dear Name, Human Resources, or To Whom It May Concern, the body also margined to the left kept concise, and close with Sincerely, your name, address, and phone number.

The general format of a resume should look like a template. Your header should be centered at the top about one eighth of the page down and include your job title, your name and address, and contact phone number. All listed as a separate line, one below the other, centered on the page.

Choose experience or education to lead your resume. Which is your strongest point? Which can instill the confidence in you as a choice for this position?

Starting with experience as your lead, list your job title, name of company, choose to include the years or not based on if you had a gap in employment, short length of time on a job, or if you have been on a particular job for a long time. Only include your strengths don't highlight what may be mistaken as a weakness. Include a short paragraph describing your job experience, what you brought to the company, and what you gained in knowledge by being employed with them.

It should look something like this.
Senior Manager   ABC Corporation   May 2001 to present  

My service with the ABC Corporation has enriched my skills as a Senior Manager and I have increased their productivity by 15% during my time with them. Being responsible for a crew of two hundred and fifty has groomed my managerial skills and honed my ability to detect future problems before they occur.

Begin with your most recent position and work backward. If you have held more than a few positions, list your most relevant ones to the job you are applying for presently from the past four to seven years. Tailor this resume to suit the needs of the particular position and your resume will stand out from the crowd.

Listing your education as your lead will not require as much creativity. Let your degree and schools speak for themselves. List the school name, degree, and years attended and graduation date. Use the same format as above. Also include any Military Service, and special training at previous employers. Do not include any references as these are held for an application, not in a resume.

Remembering to write your resume for an individual company and not something that can be blanketed across the country to any corporation will give you the mighty edge you need. Be confident, concise, and compliment your strengths.

Wavecritter aka Stephanie Haile

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Google Blogger- Create a Blog Step By Step For Beginners Part 2

Creating and maintaining a blog site requires that you schedule some time every week or two for posting. Keeping your blog site fresh and loaded with new information will keep visitors coming back. Navigating the template tab also requires a block of time for learning.
 
Log back into your blogger account and click on the template tab. You will have a list of choices that include page elements, fonts and colors, edit HTML, and pick new template.
 
The pick new template tab allows you to totally choose a different layout than you originally had decided on. It is best to be entirely content with your main background before you venture into the page element choices. Not every layout will look well designed if you change the background main layout after you have made your page element placements.
 
If you would like to get a bit adventurous, then click on the fonts and colors tab. Any changes made to the original template can be brought right back by clicking the link revert to template default on the right of the color box, so don't hesitate here to play around. The scroll down box located on the left, shows you the color scheme for your chosen layout as it is at present. To change one of the font colors, click on page background, link color, or any of the specific texts listed in the box. Then click the color choice you would like to see instead and that color will change in your viewer box on the template below. The font style is changed the same way. Click on which text to change and then a new area will open and replace the color box to offer choices for your font text. Be sure to save changes once you are happy with the editing process.
 
Even though we will not be making changes to the HTML tab, let's click on it. Every opportunity to get a look at HTML is an opportunity to learn. It does look like a big mess of typing gibberish, but every time you take a glance at it, you are one step closer to doing it.
 
Onto the page elements tab. Here you will notice a basic layout format for your header, page elements, blog posts, about me, and your blog archives.  Every element has an edit button for quick changes at any time.
 
Adding content to the about me section is a good place to start. Click the edit located in the about me section and compose a line or two of interest about your blog or yourself. You can also add and show your geographical location here.
 
Leaving your blog archive as it is is best as well for now. Adding a page element is the next step. Let's click on the add page element on the sidebar just above the blog archive. The choices here are amazing. You can add a photo, video, news reel, a poll, slideshow, or a random list of your favorite anything. There are items I will not be going into as they are more involved, but we will cover the basic ones.
 
If you have an account with PhotoBucket or Flickr or would like to set one up and get a slide show set up to then transfer to your blog, then clicking slide show will get it up for you. To add a photo to your page is very easy if you have a photo or image already on your computer. You would click on browse, look in the file where your image is located, click that image and save. It will load and you can title and caption your image.
 
How about a list of your links to other sites? Click on the add page element and choose the link list. You can link to your business sites, other blog sites, any site that interests you and your blog page viewers on the way.
 
When you have a few page elements saved, you can rearrange the order by right clicking and holding down your button while your mouse is over the element and dragging it to the spot you would like it to be, up or down in the order. Again, be sure to save these changes.
 
Adding a news reel to your blog on a subject of interest to your main subject is an outstanding idea. As you type words into the search expression box, news article types will begin to reveal themselves in this edit page element box related to your text. This is one of the best ways to get content about your topic onto your blog. Adding a poll is great fun and a very easy page element to include.
 
Give yourself some time on many of the other elements as some are more difficult to do. You are ready to view your blog after making the save changes and to start a new post if you have not already. Applause on a job well done. As you add new posts to your blog, this will all come easier and you will gain confidence and get comfortable with the Internet and your computer system.
Wavecritter aka Stephanie Haile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Google Blogger- Create a Blog Step By Step For Beginners Part 1

Blogging has quickly become one of the favorites pastimes of the age. Yet, there are many still struggling with getting acquainted with the home computer. I have filled in the blanks for the beginner. Step by step instruction on creating a blog site on Google Blogger.
 
Upon reaching the site, you will see a page with three easy steps to create your own blog. This is really the easiest blog site to get started on. You will need to first submit some basic information like your email address, password that you will be using, and your display name. This display name is quite important if you are looking to promote your blog to a certain niche market. This name will become searchable and should convey something on what your blog is all about. Decide what your primary posts will be about and work from there to choose a display name. Or choose your usual display name if you have one that has stuck with you for a while. Click the orange continue button to move on to step two.
 
Naming your blog site is next, this is where you need a great title that is concise and will let the viewer know what you are all about. Your choice here can also be the "include" in your web address to your blog www.include.blogspot.com. Make a weighted and clever decision as this one will stick with you. When you have completed this step, click the orange continue button.
 
There is a large selection of your background template choices on this next page. You can move your cursor around on the template pictures and click to view template. A preview of what your site layout will look like will come into a larger view. When you have decided which one would best suit you, click the little button to highlight the circle and continue.
 
Your next page should read "you have just created a blog, now start posting." Click to continue. Now you have some choices to make. If you would like to post, the screen is right there to do this. It will resemble a filing card folder. The top most tab is highlighted as "Posting". This is where you will manage or edit your posts and moderate any comments on your blog. If you were to receive a comment that you did not wish to have shown on your blog page, you can delete it here. If you have need of a change in one of your posts, you can click on edit posts and change and remedy any misspellings, add to a current post, write a new one, or even post a photo or video. Pay close attention when you move your mouse over the little icons above your typing area. This will reveal what each is for by showing you a bit of text as an explanation.
 
Every time you arrive at a new page, get your bearings. Study the page for a moment and become comfortable with how you arrived and how you can easily get back to the original page. Take a minute and click between edit posts and moderate posts. Click back to the top posting. Familiarize yourself with shuffling back and forth. 
 
On making a post, you will see an area at the bottom of the posting area that says labels for this post. Here you will type some key words and phrases. They are terms that people type into a search engine. Whatever you think others will search for when looking for your post, is what you should type here. If your post is primarily about video games, typing video games alone will not get your post spotted often. Typing video games by XBox or video action games is much better and will allow your post to be higher in the search engine.
 
Let's move on to the settings tab. There are sub headers that include basic, publishing, formatting, comments, archiving, site feed, email, and permissions. The basic page is the one you will arrive on each time you click on the settings tab. On this page you will type a brief description of your blog. This will display directly under the title of your blog on your blog page and is viewed by all that visit your site. Check the settings below the description. I usually leave them as is except for the show email posts link. I change it to yes. There is a brief description of what each item does listed by the yes/no button. Save your settings. This is also the page to delete your blog if you ever wish to.
 
The publishing tab will be used if you wanted to redirect another personal web address to your blog site. We will save this step for when you get more comfortable.
 
The formatting page includes a time zone adjustment that you can set for your time zone, a show link field which you will want to set to yes if you will want to include any clickable links in your posts, and a post template for more advanced backgrounds. Be sure to save changes where needed and if you would like eight or ten of your posts shown on the first page of your blog, adjust the number in the box before you save settings.
 
The comments section is loaded with choices pertaining to other viewers who would like to leave a message on your blog. I generally leave the default settings as is except for enable comment moderation. Google will email you when a comment is made to your blog so I retype my email address here. Clicking the question mark will give you more information on this. Filling in a comment form message is a great idea to provide boundaries for your visitors or to just introduce yourself and say hello.
 
Archiving and site feed are best left set at default and to learn about another day. The email tab is to use if you would like to type up an email and then directly post it to your blog site. You create the email address by filling in the space on mail to blogger address. This is a real time saver so be sure to write your information chosen somewhere safe.
 
The permissions tab is a way to allow another author to write posts to your blog and to choose who can view your blog. Sharing your blog with everyone is the only option for anyone who wants visitors and viewers.
 
My part two will include all of the information on your template tab. Remember that at any time, you can save and log out and come back when you have more time to complete your set up. Take it a bit at a time and get very comfortable doing each step and on each page. Mistakes are fixable in the edit area so take some time to play with posting until we move on to the template section.
Wavecritter aka Stephanie Haile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Fun Math Problem :)

There are 7 girls on a bus, Each Girl has 7 backpacks. 

In Each backpack, there are 7 big cats, for every big cat, there are 7 little cats.  

How many legs are there in the bus?

This is a real math problem, so don't guess the bus doesn't have legs. 🙂

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