Helping your student with an English resume

Understanding that most tutors are not experienced in the professional field of the student, we suggest that you focus your resume assistance with your student on the following:

1) vocabulary - how does your student describe their experiences - do you understand how they are describing their work and academic experience - what vocabulary suggestions might you make to enhance clarity and enrich those descriptions, taking into account that the final product and word choices must belong to the student and his/her voice

Help students discover ‘transferable’ skills related to a work experience.

Example: If a student has experience working as a cashier/stocking shelves, instead of writing a statement like ‘stocked shelves’ or ‘rang through grocery items’….

Help students… a. Determine the kind of skills prospective employers look for in a candidate. b. Once identified, use strong words to highlight these attributes: - Demonstrate both patience & tact when handling customers’ questions & complaints. - Capable of multitasking under tight timelines. -Commended for solid work ethic. - Complete all work assignments in a timely & professional manner. If it’s current work experience, the statements should be in the present tense. If it’s past expedited, the past tense should be used. Example: Complete all work assignments…(present) Completed all work assignments…(past)

2) capitalization - Hebrew has no capital letters and students often need help with understanding what requires capitalization and what doesn’t

3) syntax - suggestions to improve the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences

Once you have worked with your student on a resume, the student can ask Minna or the Tech Career staff to pass their resumes onto the tutors who specialize in resumes for polishing it for professional use.

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