Your resume is going to be the first “contact” that a potential employer has with you, and thus it needs to stand out as a result.
What surprises me is that there are very few people out there who know exactly how to make a resume, so in this article I am going to give you a few pointers on how to do it.
Perhaps the best tip I can offer with regards to making your resume is to download a resume template from the internet. There are plenty of them out there.
The reason why I suggest this is because it ensures that nothing important is left off your resume, as long as you fill in the blanks. You will be surprised at how many people make a fantastic resume, and yet leave off something important such as their phone number, or even their name!
You wouldn’t even get a shot at the job and your resume would go straight in that trashcan, no matter how suitable you are for the position.
So what sort of things should be included on your resume?
1. Contact Details. Well to start with, you will want your contact details. This should be obvious, but as I mentioned previously, many people forget. Include your name, address, phone number and email address (if you have one).
Basically, you want to make it as easy for people to get hold of you as possible. Potential employers are lazy, and if contact isn’t possible, then they simply will not make it.
2. Employment History. You will also need to list your employment history on the resume. List them in chronological order, with the most recent one being at the top. Under each employment you will want to list what your duties were as well as any “accomplishments” whilst in the position.
If you have had a number of jobs over the years, then try to only include ones that are relevant for the position that you are currently applying for. If you don’t have any employment history, then including volunteering jobs that you may have carried out.
3. Education Details. The next step is to include details about your education. This basically means what schools you attended, as well as any qualifications that you obtained as a result of going here.
If you only have high school education then do not list it on the resume, it ends up giving off the wrong impression. In addition to your qualifications, also include your GPA if you know it.
The education section should also be packed full of any relevant training courses that you have completed. Include them in chronological order, with the latest qualification appearing top of the list.
4. Skills. The next thing you are going to be doing is a list of all of your skills that could be relevant to the position. For example, are you skilled with computers? What software can you use? Is there anything that you have accomplished in your life which can be relevant to your position?
Basically, the skills and achievements section is where you really want to make yourself shine. Often this is what the employer uses to decide whether to give you an interview or not.
Once your resume is complete you need to read through it. Does it look good? Read through it again. I like to read through a resume five or six times, that way I can be sure there are no glaring errors.
Don’t send it off yet though! Hand it to a friend or family member and ask them to read through it as well, see if they would make any alterations. Once they have checked it, then you can send it off!
Remember, a resume is the first impression that a potential employer has with you. Therefore it is important that you make the resume count!
Follow the tips above and you will be well on your way, all you need to do is make yourself appear attractive to the employer. Don’t lie however, a lot of people do this on their resume, and you will be caught out eventually.