The most important document to prepare when applying for jobs and volunteer positions is your resume`, which summarizes your personal information, skills that you have, and experiences that may be relevant to your position. You will need to adjust and fine tune your resume` for different kinds of positions but for the most part, the fundamental aspects of your resume` will stay the same.
Below, you’ll see the resume` that I normally submit to be considered for job positions:
David Euddeum Kwon, BSW
1418 Putnam Ave. #2L
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Skills and Strengths: familiarity with computer technology and office software; empathic one-on-one communication approaches; experiences as a group facilitator; concise and effective writing skills; skills in planning, organization, and provision of services; resourcefulness; courteous phone personality; dedication and passion for work; love of meeting and working with people of diverse backgrounds and personalities; striving to constantly improve oneself
New York University – Silver School of Social Work – Bachelor’s in Social Work
obtained on May 12, 2010
Located at: 1 Washington Square N., New York, NY 10001
Liberty High School
graduated on June 4, 2006
Located at: 925 Jewetta Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93312
HUMAN SERVICES/SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Housing Works Manhattan 1 COBRA Community Follow-Up Program – social work intern
Located at: 130 Crosby St. 7FL, New York, NY 10012
Contact: Carrie Gheith, Program Director, LMSW (212)966.0466 ext. 1189
from September 15, 2009 to April 30, 2010
Housing Works Manhattan 1 COBRA CFP provides case management services primarily to Medicaid recipients living with HIV/AIDS and other high at-risk populations, especially the homeless and people with substance use issues.
As a social work intern, my responsibilities included: outreaching clients; assisting clients with entitlement issues; organizing and facilitating a supportive workshop on maintaining and obtaining housing; referring clients to appropriate service providers; intakes; and otherwise assisting two case management teams.
Chelsea Housing Group of Hudson Guilds – social work intern
Located at: 441 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001
Contact: Rosa Maria De La Torres, (917)880.2682; Hudson Guilds office (212)760.9875
From January 28, 2009 to March 30, 2009
Chelsea Housing Group was an organization that advocated for affordable housing by assisting people with various housing issues such as linking them to appropriate rental assistance programs and escorting them to courts when a landlord was illegally overcharging their rent.
As a social work intern, my responsibilities included: assisting with intakes; organizing Chelsea Tenants Action Committee meetings with other interns; writing advocacy letters.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Protection Plus Security Corporation – security guard
Located at: 535 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018
Contact: Mr. Booker, (212)356.7400
from September 11, 2007 to December 24, 2008
The Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education – transcriber
Located at: 246 Greene Street Floor 5R, New York, NY 10003
Contact: Patricia Izquierdo, (212)998.5403
from September 8, 2006 to November 13, 2007
This NYU department interviewed elementary school children around New York City and my job was to transcribe the interviews that were conducted. The interviews generally asked the student’s daily routine, activities, support system, fears, and wishes.
Frosty King – cook, cashier, and janitor
from June 20, 2005 to January 12, 2006
Located at: 1300 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93304
English tutor to two Korean immigrants
from June 8, 2002 to August 16, 2003
Westside SRO Law Project
Located at: 51 W. 109th St., New York, NY 10025
Contact: Susanna Blankley and Yarrow Willman-Cole, tenant organizers, (212)799.9638
from April 9, 2009 to May 7, 2009
I phone-outreached tenants of upcoming conferences, and aided in housing advocacy rallies.
Grace Church School – volunteer tutor
Located at: 86 4th Avenue, New York, NY 10003-5297
from October 7, 2006 to December 16, 2006
Centennial Elementary School – aide to 4th grade teachers and school librarian
Located at: 15200 Westdale Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93314-9154
from August 31, 2005 to June 3, 2006
Living Hope Community Church – Korean-to-English translator
Located at: 4901 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309
Contact: Wangsoo Kwon, (661)205.9069
from August 30, 2003 to August 31, 2006
Located at: 2215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
from October 6, 2002 to February 13, 2003
I played the violin for patients who had undergone surgery. I also served dinner trays to bed-ridden patients in the Skilled Nursing department.
While a resume` demonstrates your experiences, I feel that it is just as valuable tool for giving an overview of your strengths. That’s why I tend to start my resume` with a list of the skills and the strengths that I possess. In some of my resume`s I also list my values and beliefs, which look like this:
Core values and beliefs: All experiences, no matter how seemingly mundane, can be valuable for learning. It’s how we use that learning that matters. / Empathy is the most important component of social work and related human services: true empathy respects the client’s rights (e.g. confidentiality, self-determination), empowers the client’s many strengths, and offers the client the best possible practices and services (backed by research and evidence). / Attaining cultural competence is a life-long process that occurs as we continue to encounter and respect the diversity and the individuality of each and every person.
Many people state that resume`s should be as short as possible and if it’s too long, it’ll be easily overlooked. I agree some extent to this theory but at the same time, I think it’s important to include all the relevant marketable information that makes you look like a great candidate for the position. I try to stand out with my beliefs, which I actually am genuinely passionate about. Not having years of formal work experience in a field, I really must do everything I can in my resume` to make myself marketable.
Thus, while it helps to be concise, don’t let the mentality to be brief limit who you actually are. I value all my work experiences and volunteer experiences and for those that really stick out and easily demonstrates my skills, I wrote little blurbs under the item to explain in more detail what I did in that position and also what the mission of the overall agency was.
One very important thing to keep in mind is consistency and structure. Everybody has different ideas on how their resume`s should look like and they’re all valid, as long as there’s a consistent structure behind them. For example, in my resume` I separated each section by writing them all in capital letters. As for the structure of the experiences, I started with the name of the employer and the contact information for that employer, then how long I worked for them, and then what the position entailed, always in that order without any deviation. You may have a different style for your resume`s but it is important that whatever your style is, that you structure it with consistency.
Ultimately, think of your resume` as an advertisement about you. You want to list your knowledge base, your skills, what it is about your personality and your philosophy that makes you desirable for hiring, and your experiences. Whatever your strong suit is -e.g. over 10 years of experience in a certain field; being able to multi-task many versatile skills as shown by having been a drummer in a band while also acting as the publicist of the band – focus on those key strengths. Experience isn’t everything, but what you’re good at, that’s what’s important, and that’s more than likely what will have you considered for the position.
With that, I hope this was either helpful or at least interesting. I give you my best in your job-searching endeavors.