Whether you’re just entering the job market, or are a seasoned professional, the key to getting noticed by Human Resources or recruiters, or anyone you’d like to work for is a GREAT RESUME.
Please remember that there isn’t a perfect resume! Your resume is as unique as you are, so what you’ll include in it will vary to some degree for each job submission, as well as from what another job applicant will submit. But, first things first!
Resumes are used to highlight your skills, job experience, and any other pertinent information to help to get you noticed and, hopefully, get an interview. We’ll discuss the essence of the job interview in a later post, but for now, let’s focus on what to include. At the bottom of this post, I’ll include a copy of my most recent resume, to help you visualize formatting.
The most common resume is the work history resume, which highlights your experience and lists your jobs in chronological order.
The resume I’ve enclosed at the bottom of this post, contains the following elements, which are standard for most work history resumes:
· Heading: Your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, and link to an online portfolio (as applicable)
· Summary of Qualifications: Also known as an overview, this is a quick and easy way to list your skills, accomplishments, and experience. Let people know what you’re all about! An experienced manager? The perfect administrative assistant? Whatever you’re background, tell them all about you!
· Experience: Describe your work experience, listing the company you worked for, its location, your job title, and your dates of employment. For each employer you list (in reverse chronological order), describe what you did for the company, with your most recent position with the company listed first, depending on if you’ve had more than one job at a company. The most important aspect to describe is your accomplishments, with as many specific details as possible. Did you increase revenue? Create and amazing training which cut losses by 50%? Let them know!
· Computer Skills: List all computer applications you have experience using. Microsoft Word? Photoshop? Captivate? Flash? Whatever is your area of expertise, write them down
· Education: List your most recent degree first, even if it’s still “in progress”. College degrees are fine, so no need to list the high school you attended unless you didn’t go to college. List the degree you earned, along with your major and minor if you have room. This is also the perfect section to list any job-related training courses or certifications you’ve earned.
· Awards: Won a scholarship? Awarded best employee of the month? Nominated for best instructional designer of the year?
If you don’t include these in your job experience section, you have the option to list all awards, nominations, and/or kudos you’ve earned in a separate section. Again, this section is optional.
· Interests: Hobbies, interests, languages you speak, travel, enjoy classic cars, and even volunteer work well in your interests section.