Having a good resume is important to you finding the job you are looking for. We will start out with the basics of building a resume, then add the touches that will make it your own and help you find the perfect job.
When you start your resume, you will have 7 main sections: heading, objective, education, experience, skills, activities and interests, references. This will make your basic resume. Let’s go over these sections and review what should be included in each section.
First is the heading. This section will include your personal information. Your name, address, phone number, email address. If you have a personal web page, you can also add the URL for that in this section. This will give the employer all of the information they need to contact you. This should be centered at the top of the page.
Next is the objective. This explains your goal in why you think you are good for the job. This is something that should be changed with every job you apply for. It should explain your job goals and why the job you’re applying for meets these goals and what this will do to help the company.
Third is education. In this section you want to include all the education you have completed since high school. You don’t need to add high school. It is assumed that if you have a post high school degree, you graduated from high school. Also, high school degree will show your age. This is illegal for employers to ask about and is not really pertinent for the job you are able to do. You can also include any study abroad classes. Include the degree, dates received and even the GPA, especially if it is over 3.0. If you have completed masters or doctorate, include the name of your thesis. Also start with the latest degree first.
Fourth you will list your experience. This is where you want to include your jobs. Both part time and full time. Make sure to include any internships, summer jobs, volunteer jobs and anything else that shows you can do the job for which you are applying. You will include dates and what you did on the job that shows your talents. Make it as short and precise as possible, but make sure you have the important things included. Start with the latest first and work your way back.
Fifth is the skills section. These is kind of a repeat, but it gives you a way to pinpoint your skills for quick reading. Include things like ability to complete spreadsheets, skills you obtained in classes you attended that might pertain to the job.
Sixth is activities and interests. I think that this section is optional. If you have activities and interests that pertain to the job, you may list them. Maybe things that show your dependability, perseverance and your work in the community. Include school organizations you were a part of. You may include art and music and other things that may pertain to the job you are trying to get. This is not to be used as just hobbies and relaxation interests.
Last is references. You will want to use people as references that can provide proof of your skills and talents. Managers from previous jobs, instructors that you may have worked with in school. People you have volunteered for. Managers from internships. Even school counselors that might be able to show what you have accomplished. You may put your references on a separate sheet and just notate that it is available upon request.
While filling out the resume, remember you are trying to sell yourself. This is an advertisement about you so you want to keep it professional and highlight your best qualities and those that pertain to the job.
If you don’t want to type your resume in MS Word or in a PDF, you can find many resume builders online that will help you.
Now that we have gone over the basics, here are some things to make your resume your own and stand out.
- If you are still in college, looking for an internship, or fresh out of college, you can add a section for relevant courses. This will give employers some idea of what you can do, even though you don’t have a lot of experience.
- If you have received any awards or honors, you should also include these in. This shows what you have accomplished and been awarded for.
- Keywords are important in your job description. Today employers and recruiters use an application tracking system. This locates specific key words in the job description so you want to be sure to add them in yours. Don’t abbreviate or use just the first letter of things. Spell them out. So, you would want to spell out Certified Public Accountant or any other job names.
- Don’t get too fancy with the font. Usually better to use something easy to read and not too large. (About 12 is the best font size.)
- Things you don’t want to include are writing samples, photos and the references unless the recruiter is asking for them.
- Last, you want to have a professional looking email address. If you don’t have one, get one that looks more professional and use it just for employment and resumes.
If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to write an award winning resume and get the job.
Here are some other links to help you:
Internship Resume Example: https://www.internships.com/career-advice/search/resume-examples