Business & Technical Communications:
Quiz on Resumes

Answer the questions in this quiz to see how well you've read and understood the chapter on resumes. Feel free to link back and forth between the chapter on resumes.

When you're through, just click on Check answers to check your answers.

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  1. Click on one of the following that best defines the resume:
    A selective record of your education background--your major, GPA, important projects, special courses, academic awards, instructor references, and so on.
    A selective record of your education, work background, military experience, certifications, abilities, and anything else relevant to your job search.
    A listing of the specific aspects of your background that relate to the specific employment for which you are applying.
    A document that identifies the employment position that you are seeking, indicates a desire to have an interview, and lists the dates and times you are available for interview.
  2. If your resume had a section listing your work experience (in reverse chronological order) and a separate section listing your education (in reverse chronological order), which type of organization would you be using?
    Functional organization
    Thematic organization
    Objective organization
    Highlight organization
  3. If your resume had a section where you listed all education and work experience related to your technical abilities; another section for everything related to your project-management abilities; and another section for everything related to your supervisory abilities, which type of organization would you be using?
    Functional organization
    Thematic organization
    Objective organization
    Highlight organization
  4. Click on each of the elements that can be (but not necessarily have to be) used in the heading portion of a resume:
    Name and address(es)
    Phone number(s)
    Work experience
    References
    Occupation or title
    Goals or objectives
    Memberships in professional associations
  5. Which of the following best describes the most advantageous circumstances in which to use the thematic design in a resume?
    When you are just beginning your career and don't have a lot to fill up a resume with.
    When you have been in your career for 4 or 5 years and have accumulated experience in several specific areas.
  6. Click on the answer that best defines the objective-type resume and that indicates whether you should write one like it for the related assignment in this course:
    The objective-type resume lists names, dates, addresses, and job titles and does not describe your responsibilities or provide qualitative information. You should not write this type for this course.
    The objective-type resume provides details about your work duties and the quality of your work as well as names, dates, addresses, and other such facts. You should not write this type for this course.
    The objective-type resume lists names, dates, addresses, and job titles and does not describe your responsibilities or provide qualitative information. You should write this type for this course.
    The objective-type resume provides details about your work duties and the quality of your work as well as names, dates, addresses, and other such facts. You should write this type for this course.
  7. Which of the following statements about resume design and format is true, according to this textbook?
    You should not use lengthy paragraphs over six lines; they make it difficult for the prospective employer to quickly scan your resume.
    Paragraphs over six lines are actually advantageous because they enable you to work in more detail and consequently make your resume both more compact and more professional looking.
  8. According to the textbook, a popular section in resumes is one in which you list your key qualifications, both from your education as well as your work experience. Occurring just below the heading portion of the resume, this section acts as an overview of your best qualifications. What is this section called in this textbook?
    Highlights section
    Amplifications section
    Objectives section
    Functional section
  9. Which of the following is true concerning required design for resumes both in "real life" and in this course, according to this textbook?
    There is no "required" design: you design your resume according to your individual background and the characteristics of the employment you are seeking.
    Every profession or field has its own required format that you must adhere to, or otherwise your resume will never even be looked at.
  10. Concerning abbreviations and acronyms, which of the following is true, according to the textbook?
    You should define every abbreviation and acronym because you just cannot assume all potential employers will know what they mean.
    You need not bother with defining any of the abbreviations or acronyms in your resume because doing so just takes up more valuable space in your resume.

   

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