When applying for a job, most of the time, you need to submit your resume or Curriculum Vitae. In plain English, let’s just say that your resume is your ticket to getting a job. It is a document that you give an employer that details information about you, showing why you’re qualified for the job you are applying for.
Essentially, your resume has to make a good first impression. It should be written clearly, concisely and in detail. It should be organized and contain only relevant information needed. This is why before writing a resume, you should know how to go about it. Otherwise, you might blow your chance at landing the job.
Here’s a step-by-step on writing a resume:
1. Personal Details
On the first part of your resume, write down personal details including: full name, address (postal and current), contact numbers (preferably mobile), email address, and Skype handle (modern businesses prefer to talk to their prospective employees via Skype). Bear in mind that you need not add your birthday anymore.
2. Education Background
After detailing your personal details, it’s time to move to your educational background. Write down the course/courses you’ve completed (minor and major), the course dates, the educational institutions and your awards and achievements.
After introducing yourself, you can talk about what you can offer the employer now. Talk about your skills and qualities that are relevant. Write down generic, technical and transferable skills like your ability to solve problems, work with different people and etc. This should be listed in bullet form.
This part is not really mandatory but putting your career objectives is a good plus. Keep your objectives short and direct to the point. Your objectives must be related to the job.
5. Work History
After showcasing your skills and objectives, you should share your work history. This is the part that details your experience. Include the job title, where you work, time period of work and what job responsibilities you had with your work (start your sentence with a verb). Detail any achievements you got from your previous work as well. List it down in bullet points. Your list should start from the most recent work experience.
6. Volunteer Work
Voluntary work will speak volumes about the kind of person you are, so don’t be shy about detailing them in your resume. Write down where you did volunteer work, the job title, the time period, the responsibilities and the achievements you have. This part will highlight your initiative and interpersonal skills.
7. Professional Development, Achievements, Memberships and Hobbies
These are all optional and you should only include them if it’s relevant. Have you had any further training for career development? Are you a member of any professional organization? Do you think your hobbies are relevant to the job? Also, if you have other achievements you haven’t written down, put them here.
Character references are people that your employer can call to prove that your details are real. Include information like the person’s name, organization, contact number and email address. However, before you write their names down, make sure that you get their permission first (it’s very likely that your prospective employer will actually call those people).
Other Tips to Help You
- Tailor-fit your resume to the job you’re applying for.
- Use Arial or Times New Roman fonts. Keep them at size 10-12. No Comic Sans!
- Bullet lists are great to highlight important information.
- Margins should be kept at standard.
- Put plenty of white space in between paragraphs.
- Keep a consistent layout.
Remember, your resume is your ticket to landing a job so it must be done well. Study the job you’re applying for so you can include the most relevant information about yourself. It can be a challenge at first but once you know what to put, it will be easy.
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