Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Resume—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your resume. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Find a job to apply for. In the input box below, take some notes on the job you find to apply for:

  2. Analyze the job announcement carefully for the stated job requirements and any underlying assumptions. Describe those requirements and assumptions in the input box below:

  3. Find out what you can about the company, its operations, and the job. In the input box below, take notes on what find out about the company, its operations, and the job:

  4. Make a list of your work experience. In the input box below, list your work experience:

  5. Make a list of your education. In the input box below, list your related education experience:

  6. Make a list of your military training and experience. In the input box below, list your related military training and experience:

  7. List other related activities and experience. In the input box below, list other related activities and experience:

  8. Develop an organizational strategy for the resume contents. In the input box below, sketch your ideas concerning how you will organize your resume (in particular, which of the two primary organizational strategies you'll use):

  9. Plan to include lots of detail. In the input box below, write several example phrases or sentences that include lots of detail about your experience or education:

  10. Plan the resume heading section. In the input box below, describe how you'll design the resume heading:

  11. Consider an objectives section. In the input box below, describe what you would put in an objectives statement (if you were to include one):

  12. Consider a highlights section. In the input box below, describe what you would put in a highlights sectiont (if you were to include one):

Your name:
E-mail this planning information to me:
E-mail this planning information to my instructor:


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