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0:10

Hello, in this video we're going to discuss the first part of a resume. 
Your name and contact information.




0:19

We will talk about what to include and where to put this information in your resume.




0:27

It probably seems very easy but there's a specific format, or order, for this information in a resume.




0:37

Job seekers should follow the standard format to make a professional impression from the beginning of the resume.




0:48

To begin, your resume needs to clearly show your full name. 
This means that you write your given name first followed by your family name.




1:00

If you have a middle name, you can write it out completely or 
just use the first letter.




1:08

For example, Sally Ann Smith could write her name two ways. 
Sally Ann Smith. Or, Sally A Smith.




1:19

Most people include their first name, middle initial, and family name only.




1:26

Often, job seekers will make their name a larger size, or 
font, than the rest of the words. This helps the employer, or the reader to find the name very quickly. It is also common to put the name in the center at the top of the page.




1:44

Another way to make the name stand out is to write it in bold letters which are darker than the other letters.




1:56

The next part is for job seekers to write their contact information. 
Which means their current postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number.




2:11

The postal address is your official location where an employer can send you information.




2:18

Your postal address is your house number, street name, city, state or province, country and postal code or number.




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For example, here is Sally Smith's postal address. 100 Main Street Los Angeles, California 90210 USA. Your e-mail address should 
be professional and contain your full name or at least a part of your name. For example, Sally Smith's email could look like this, 
[email protected] or [email protected] It is easier for 
a possible employer to contact you if your email address is similar to your name. For instance, [email protected] does not appear




3:18

to be professional or make it easy for the employer to remember Sally's name.




3:26

For telephone number, you should include at least one number for 
an employer to call you for an interview.




3:33

Sometimes job seekers provide a mobile number and a home telephone number.




3:40

Here's an example of Sally's phone numbers. Her home phone number is 610-555-1212. Our mobile phone number is 610-232-5551. Giving more than one number makes it easier for an employer to contact you for an interview.




4:06

Let's review Sally's name and contact information. If she writes her name in the top center of the page, she can put the rest of the information directly below it to look like this.




4:21

In summary, we reviewed the first part of your resume, name and contact information.




4:29

You now know to write your full name and include your postal address, email address, and telephone number.




4:38

Next, you will watch a video about connecting employers with job seekers in today's economy and then complete a short listening quiz.


0:00

This is the VOA Special English Economics Report. About 350,000 newly unemployed people signed up for financial assistance in the United States during the first week of July.




0:18

The nation's jobless rate was 8.2% in both May and June.




0:24

Some employers say they would add employees if they could find workers with important technology skills. Some experts say better communication and technology could reduce this skills gap. 
Angel Guria is head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.




0:49

He says even some well-educated people are having trouble finding work around the world. He says it is a tragedy that there are unemployed graduates, while employers cannot find people with the skills they need. OECD officials say more than 44 million people are unemployed in the 34 wealthiest nations belonging to the organization.




1:22

In the United States alone, nearly 13 million people are unemployed. But the country also has more than 3.6 million unfilled jobs.




1:35

Experts say some positions are unfilled because those seeking work lack high-technology skills.




1:44

A company called Monster Worldwide is using some new technology, it says, can help solve that problem.




1:54

Company official Earl Rennison says computer programs called semantic search are able to process huge amounts of information. 
That includes millions of resumes, to help connect skilled people with open jobs.




2:12

Earl Rennison says semantic search is designed to choose the right match from the words or expressions around a key word. 
He says this helps it get the right match even if a job posting, resume, or other documents use different words to express the same idea. He says better searches will lead to better matches and fill more jobs. Rich Milgram is head of a recruitment company called Beyond.com. He says another problem is that the people who are experts at finding just the right workers were the first ones out of work during the recession.




3:04

He also says it will take time for companies to rebuild 
their workforces, even if they have added new recruiters. 
The new recruiters do not understand the business that well 
because they are new, says Rich Milgram.




3:26

They do not have a relationship with the hiring managers.




3:32

Rich Milgram says companies in need of excellent workers 
have to do a good job of writing job advertisements that are understandable. And job seekers need to make it clear to hiring 
managers how they can help their companies. For VOA Special English, I'm Carolyn Presutti.


0:10

Hello, again. In this video, we are going to look at using key words in your resume.




0:17

We will discover their importance when writing a resume. 
We will also look at some examples of key words in both job descriptions and resumes.




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To begin, let's explain what key words are.




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Employers use keywords when describing a job to an applicant. 
They describe the kind of things they're looking for in a successful applicant.




0:45

Do you remember the job advertisement from unit one? 
Let's look at it again.




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The key words used here are related to the job being advertised. 
These include greeting clients, excellent organizational skills, good communication skills. Now, after reading this job advertisement It is really important when applying to this position, you refer to these keywords in your resume and your cover letter.




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Why is this important? Well, because the employer who reads your resume and cover letter will be looking for those keywords to decide if you have the key skills and qualifications to do the job.




1:26

Nowadays, many employers are using computer software to search 
through resumes looking for key words. Without these key words, 
these employers are not likely to invite you to an interview. 
Instead, your resume may go into the recycling can and 
we don't want that to happen, do we?




1:46

So what can you do to avoid this from happening? Well, as I said, it's vital that you include some of these keywords from the job advertisement in your resume and cover letter. So let's see how we can do that right away.




2:02

This is Yalina Hernadez's resume. She is applying for the Clients Services Coordinator position, we just looked at. Has Yalina used any of the key words from the job advertisement in her resume? 
What do you think?




2:17

In this summary section, she said very organised, lots of experience working in a busy office environment, proficient in typing and Microsoft software. All this terms refer to the keyword in the job advertisement. So Yalina is doing a great job here using key words in her resume.




2:40

In conclusion, in this video, we looked at key words and 
examined how it's really important to include these in your resume.




2:50

Using these key words will help you to get noticed by employers, and give you a better chance in getting called for an interview.




2:58

Next, we'll look at a reading on using key words effectively.


0:09

Hello, in this video, we're going to look at the headline and 
summary section of your resume. 
We'll look at what information you need to include here. 
And prepare you to write your own headline and summary.




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In the past, people wrote an objective in their resume.




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This objective described what the candidate was looking for on a job.




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However, nowadays it is more popular to use a headline instead of an objective.



 



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Can you see what the headline in this resume is? 
That's right! In this case it's Project Coordinator. Someone who manages or is in charge of a piece of work.
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The headline is a phrase that highlights your value as a candidate for the position you're applying for.
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It is often the job title, which you want. It should be short and specific. Avoid making it too general. Again, refer back to the job advertisement and search the keywords there for help with this.
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The next part is the summary. The summary is a short paragraph where you can list your strengths and experience making you a better candidate.
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often the summary is followed by a series of bullet points listing your key skills. If we look at Abdul's resume, again, we can see he has included both a summary paragraph and a bullet point list of his skills.
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Now, let's take a closer look each of these things.