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Writing the Resume: Get your Foot in the Door

Step-by-step guide to writing and transforming your resume, specifically for anyone just starting or switching fields
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Created by Katie Chambers
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  • 21 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Revise current resume to sell yourself well
Show your skills and marketable traits through writing
Design and format an impressive resume
Market yourself as a unique individual and show prospective employers how you will add value
Decide which experiences and sections to include
Stand out from the crowd
Land a job interview
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  • You will get more out of this course if you already have a resume written. Throughout the course, I will give you time to adjust and make changes to your resume. If you do not already have a resume because you are unsure where to start, that is ok too. By the end, you will have the tools needed to write your own; however, if you start with one already written, you will have a newly transformed, ready to go resume the moment you finish the last lecture

Everyone needs a job, but without knowing how to get your foot in the door, you will never be able to market your greatest commodity: yourself. I have heard many say, "I have applied for several jobs and never get an interview."

It all begins with your cover letter and resume. While I do not always get the job, I have always gotten the interview, even over those more skilled than I. Why? Because resume writing is an art, and I have learned that art.

What you will learn

In just 27 short lectures, you will learn how to write, design, and format your resume in the best way possible to sell yourself.( Selling yourself is what you need to do daily: you sell yourself to your date, your boss, your child, your prospective employee, your friend, and even to yourself! )

  • General Knowledge: words to avoid, how to show your skills, and writing with flair
  • Content: what to include and what not to include, details to sell your skills, and how to write each section
  • Design and Layout: general guidelines, use of formatting, and samples

Who should take this course

If you are just entering the job market or thinking about switching to a new field, but are unsure whether you can make it in a new market, then this course is for you! It doesn't matter whether you have lots of experience or little to no experience in your desired field, you can make a resume to help you stand out.

Additional Services I provide

As an experienced educator, I know that everyone can benefit from individualized learning. So with all my courses, I provide practice throughout the course where you can opt to receive individualized feedback from me.

This course can be tailored to fit your needs. If you just want to just listen to the videos, then you can. But you also have the opportunity to practice your skills and/or receive feedback.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who is entering the job market for the first time or who has been unsuccessful in landing a job. It is also good for anyone who has been successful in the job market, but now wants to switch fields and isn't sure how to write a resume with limited experience in the new field. As I cover a lot of different topics in this course, anyone who fits that description can gain something.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 29 Lectures Collapse All 29 Lectures 02:04:29
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 03:43

Here I simply set the stage for the course by giving you tips on how to maximize your learning. 

Preview 03:43
General Tips
6 Lectures 22:04

The general tips section is exactly that--GENERAL tips.  This section will simply give you a guideline and some food for thought.  This section does contain some exercises to help you practice some of the concepts; however, you will be applying these concepts to your actual resume in the content section.  For now, in this section, you will just practice these writing tips, so when it comes time to apply them on your actual resume, you will be ready. 

Preview 00:56

This tip lists words that should not appear on a resume and reasons why.  It is so important that you learn to sell yourself and avoid the words that make you sound just like everyone else. 

Words to Avoid

This tip gets down to the heart of the matter: showing your skills rather than telling your skills.  This is the best thing you can do to help you shine.  Since this is such an important principle, it will be further illustrated in the job accomplishments lecture of the content section.  

In this lecture, you will have the opportunity to practice this concept, so when it comes time to implement it into your own resume in the job accomplishments section, you will feel more comfortable doing so. 

Again, this general tips section is just setting the stage to help you write you revise your resume when we get to the content section. 

Preview 07:10

In this tip, you will learn how to write in active voice and how to start with powerful action verbs.

Writing Tip: Get with the Action

Final Writing Tip

Resume Length
15 Lectures 01:00:54

This lecture introduces this section.

This SECTION is the MEAT of your resume!  In the content section, you will begin applying my tips to your resume and revising it or writing it as you go along. 

Content Introduction

This explains what should go in the heading at the very top of your resume. It is pretty standard. 


You want to highlight yourself well right at the top, so in this lecture, you will learn whether to use an objective or career summary to highlight yourself and how to write them well.  Since this goes right at the top, you want to make sure to start off with the best content. 

Most people WASTE this space, so be sure to learn how to utilize the top of your resume to really MARKET yourself. 

Preview 04:21

This slideshow gives you some tips for writing an objective if you choose to have one. 

Top Spot: Objective Function and Writing TIps

This slideshow gives you some tips for writing an effective career summary if you choose to have one. 

Top Spot: Career Summary Function and Writing TIps

In this lecture, you will learn how to select which experiences to include in your resume and whether you need to separate your experiences into categories. 

Experience Section: Introduction and Selecting Experiences to Include

Before you begin listing your job accomplishments, you will need a heading for each job entry, and you may need a job summary.  In this lecture, you will learn how to create the heading and the job summary. 

Experience Section: Headings and Summary

This is the most important lecture as this is the part where you really sell yourself.  It is so important that you show your job accomplishments rather than just describe your duties.  In this lecture, you will learn how to write this section well to help your resume stand out!

Experience Section: Description of Accomplishments

Experience Section: Food for thought

In this lecture, you will learn how to expound on your education section to include more than just your degree and university name.  You can use the education section to further highlight your skills. 


You may want to include this optional/bonus section, and if so, see what I included in my activities section to give you an idea of what you can put in yours. 

Optional Section: Activities/Awards/Leadership/Honors

This lecture clarifies why I mentioned volunteer work and membership in clubs in BOTH the experience section and the activities section.  This document guides you on how to choose where best to place your volunteer work and club memberships.  

Activities/Awards Clarification

Another optional section to help you shine further is the skills section.  In this lecture, you will learn how to avoid a common mistake many make with this section. 

Optional Section: Skills

In this lecture, I clarify the difference between the marketable skills that go into your experience section and the type of skills you can put in your skills section. 

Skills Clarification

If you have several important certificates or licenses, you may need this section. 

Optional Section: Certification/License
Design and Layout
4 Lectures 19:08

In this slideshow presentation, I show examples of how to lay out the elements for easy reading and how to  use simple graphics to enhance your resume. 

Preview 07:38

In this slideshow presentation, I show you how to ensure appropriate use of white space and how to select the best fonts. 

Designer's Tools: Typography and Appropriate White Space

This slideshow contains just a few more quick tips on designing and formatting your resume. 

Final Tips: Just flip it, Organize, and Bullets

A guide for more "modern, artsy" resumes. Just remember these are only recommended in certain industries.

Artsy Resumes
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Bonus: Step by Step Guide
3 Lectures 17:44

In this bonus, I will tell you next steps you can take to improve your resume even more as I explain other services I offer. 

Bonus: How I can help you further

You can either watch me transform a resume or you can just check out the supplement material and read how I transformed this resume.  It will help you improve your own resume to see an example of how I fixed a poorly written resume. 

Transforming a resume steps 1-4

You can either watch me transform a resume or you can just check out the supplement material and read how I transformed this resume.  It will help you improve your own resume to see an example of how I fixed a poorly written resume. 

Continuing transforming a resume steps 5-12
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As a former English teacher who specialized in writing instruction and trained other teachers on the art of teaching writing, I feel passionate about helping everyone learn to write better. Now as the creator of Tutor With Katie--a business offering services in private tutoring, blog tips, content writing, copy editing, video tutorials, and online courses--I can reach a wider audience than just the students in my English classes. I scored in the top 3% in the nation on an English exam; I have copy edited countless published works; and I have helped over 2,500 students write better, so I feel confident I can help anyone and everyone learn to write better.

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