The resume is one of the most important aspects of the job search. Having a good resume won’t promise that you’ll get the job of your dreams, but your chances will be slim without it. Even minimum wage jobs and low-skill positions are requiring that an applicant produces a resume. This is to show the prospective employer that you will bring a professional attitude to your new position. Many people are scared and intimidated by a resume, but resume writing one is a very simple process. Here are the things that you need to include in your resume.
This is an obvious requirement, since the prospective employer needs to know your name, and how to get in contact with you if they’d like to call you in for an interview. This information should go on the top portion of plain bond paper, standard letter sized. It should be typed so that the lettering is “centered”.
The first lines will have your first and last name. The next line is your mailing address. The next line is your phone number. The next line after this should be a good contact email address.
A note about this. Do keep in mind that potential employers will be contacting you, so don’t give them an email address that is offensive, or strange. The best advice is to create an email address with just your name, or something that isn’t offensive. All of this information should be single-spaced.
This line explains to the hiring manager why they are reading your resume. In the past, applicants were encouraged to write a blurb that was “flowery” and supposedly impressive. This isn’t the case anymore.
Hiring managers aren’t impressed with “flowery” explanations, and they are very busy. Just state the position that you’d like to be hired for. Be very specific about the title of that position. Don’t say “Whatever I qualify for”, or “A position with your company”.
This section gives a brief summary of your accomplishments. This is the time to start bragging on yourself truthfully. Use lots of action words and phrases. Give a brief and partial listing that speaks of your skills, talents, abilities, or character that will make you look like a great candidate for hire.
This section goes into details about your previous employers. You would type the name of your employer, the dates that you were employed, and type a short paragraph summarizing your tenure with the company. Again, lots of action words are key.
Employers want to see that you accomplished something while you were employed at the last company. They want to know that you have value and worth to a company.
A very important note is to be truthful about where you worked and what you did. Embellishments and lies will come back to haunt you. If you are caught lying, you will either be fired on the spot, or if not, your credibility and reputation will be blown with your new employer. It’s not worth lying to get the job just to ruin your career when you get caught.
This section gives a listing of any degrees or certifications that you’ve received. It’s important to list anything that pertains to the position that you are applying for. It’s also a good idea to list any education, even if it doesn’t apply to the position that you are applying for. This is because it shows the employer that you are ambitious, and interested in self-improvement. These attributes are always a plus for any company.
There is currently a lot of debate about this section. It was traditionally included in the past. Most current job coaches advise clients not to use this field. They say it’s antiquated. If you do use this section, just type “References available upon request”. On a separate sheet of paper, have contact information for your references typed up just in case the hiring manager does want to call your references.
This is the basic format for a resume. There are a few styles of resumes that may add to this list, or change the format as far as the order in which these are listed. But this information will always be required.
A great piece of final advice is to keep things simple. Hiring managers are very busy, and they can be a bit cynical. They look at thousands of resumes every week, and they are trained to cut through what they think is junk. The resumes that get looked at are simple and quick to read with strong, direct wording that grabs attention.