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Course Introduction to Résumé Writing for EFL Learners (#RWFEFL)

Job Resume with Glasses by Flazingo Photos, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5

Job Resume with Glasses by Flazingo Photos, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5

Welcome to Résumé Writing for EFL learners! This course comprises 1 20 hour module that is aimed at helping you get a job in the U.S. The module is divided into 3 sections and each section contains one or two tasks. You will have the opportunity to develop and work on your reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills while addressing résumé writing basics. Upon completion of this module you will be able to prepare an American style résumé.

Did you know that: “labor Department officials estimate that approximately 40% of the workforce change jobs every year “(De Alva, 2000 as cited in Howell, Williams & Lindsay, 2003, p. 28). Therefore, if you’re one of these people, knowing how to write an American style résumé will come in handy. A well-written résumé can land you not only a good job interview but also a top position in a first-rate American company.

In this course you will learn the differences between a résumé and a CV. In addition, you will be provided with an example of the standard résumé format and a sample résumé. You will be required to analyze sample résumés and determine which essential components are missing. Finally, you will have the opportunity to review important grammar, vocabulary and preposition usage to help you create your résumé.

Course pre-requisites: Possess intermediate or advanced level English proficiency.

Learning Objectives

  1. to identify and list the differences between a c.v. and a American style résumé;
  2. to know how to tailor the résumé to the needs of the employer correctly;
  3. to critique an American style résumé.

Grading and assessment of learning objectives

  • Task 1: 20%
  • Task 3: 5%
  • Task 4: 75%

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Pencil icon by David Peters, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Benefits of learning how to write a résumé

Differences between a Résumé and a CV

  • In the US, a CV is used mainly when applying for academic, education, scientific, research positions or fellowships and grants.
  • On a American résumé personal information such as date of birth, nationality, and place of birth is usually not included.
  • A CV is usually longer (up to two or more pages and contains a more detailed synopsis of your background and skills.
  • Fact: many Brazilian companies are currently favoringg the résumé over the CV. Why? Because it’s quicker to read, more objective, and easier to use as a benchmark to eliminate job candidates that don’t fit the the position.

References

  1.  Howell, S., Williams,P.B., & Lindsay, N.K. (2003). Thirty-two trends affecting distance education: An informed foundation for strategic planning. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 6 (3). State University of West Georgia. 
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