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Step 2: Decide on an Email Address
Email addresses must be unique. Gmail has 1.5 billion users so many of the simplest addresses are already taken. Be sure to try multiple professional-looking email addresses that include your name or initials. But avoid including any personal information like your birth year.
Step 3: Secure Your Account
Once your address is accepted, write it down. Then come up with a password using the email providor’s recommendations. Write this down with your email address.
You may be required to provide a phone number or another email address in case you get “locked out” if you forget your password. You need easy access to this number or email. When you forget your password, a code will be sent here to allow you access to your account. If you don’t use a cell phone and don’t have another email address, create your email with Proton mail.
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Step 4: Check Your New Email Account Regularly
You'll want to check your email often in case there's news about a job.
If you have a cell phone, you can usually find an app for your phone from your email provider, or use the email app that comes with your phone to access the new email address you just created.
Create Your Resume
What to Include in a Resume:
Name and contact information - clear, easy to read and at the top
Job history - include volunteer activities
Educational history - include additional training
Organizations, memberships or certifications - relevant to the job
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Resume Tips and Tricks:
Use a simple, readable font type and layout. Don’t get too fancy unless you are a graphic designer or artist.
Focus on the most recent, relevant experience. This can be work, school or volunteer activities
Use keywords from the job posting in your resume, if they are accurate.
Use action verbs such as managed, coordinated, supervised. Use the present tense for your current job, if you have one, and past tense for any past jobs.
Use numbers to help clarify and impress. Instead of “supervised student workers” try “supervised 9 student workers”.
Use specifics to help differentiate you from the crowd. Instead of “supervised student workers” try “supervised team of 9 student workers including training and evaluating”.
Be brief, aim for a 1 page resume
Use bullets and phrases rather than full sentences.
Adjust font size and margins but stick to at least size 10 font and ½ margins.
Use 2 pages if your experience justifies it.
Keep your resume current. Save a copy on a phone, computer or USB drive and update it periodically. You’ll never have to start from scratch again and you’ll be ready when a job you want becomes available.
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Don’t include private or nonwork related information like your social security number.
Put your best self on your resume. This is your time to shine. But never lie or misrepresent yourself.
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