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Communicating with people in a business context often
requires a more formal style than when writing to friends and family.
Similarly to business letters, which we covered in the
November issue of MED Magazine, résumés often follow set
phrases and headings.
Below you can find an example résumé and
notes explaining its features. These notes also include some useful set
phrases often used in résumés.
1436 ASH GROVE ROAD
MESA, AZ 85207
TEL: (480) 555-4878
To obtain a management position in which I will be able to use my
organizational skills and my knowledge of marketing and English.
|Familiar with Microsoft
Word and Excel
|Able to cope under
Success Solutions Unlimited, Phoenix, AZ.
Duties include planning and implementing all advertising and
promotion, responding to enquiries, monitoring student performance.
||Teacher of English,
Churchill School of English, Munich, Germany
||One month internship
in the sales department of Newton Publishing, Tempe, AZ
||Certificate in Teaching English
as a Foreign Language
||Arizona State University, Tempe,
AZ: BA in English Literature and Language
Football, sailing, reading, landscape painting
Available on request
your name, address, and contact information. It is no longer usual to
include information on your age or marital status.
a strong statement of what your goals are, but make sure they match the
position that you are applying for.
Skills relevant to the job are often listed before employment history.
Useful phrases include:
- Experienced in
- with a good knowledge of
- Fluent/near-native command of French
- adequate spoken/written Italian
- Fully computer-literate
- Self-starter (someone who can take responsibility,
and work without supervision)
can also be called Experience or Employment history. Start
the list with your most recent job and finish with the earliest one. If
you have had many jobs, include only your relevant work experience. But
do not leave large unexplained gaps in you work history.
Start with your most recent degree or diploma and work backward. If you
have a college degree, it is not necessary to mention your secondary education.
Do not include details of your primary education.
References (the people that the employer can contact to get information
about you) can be listed either at the end of the résumé
or included in a separate letter.
In the next issue of the magazine
we will look at communicating by e-mail.