The resume is often the most baffling part of the job search process for many people. You might have an idea of what one looks like and the types of info that goes on it… so you find a layout, put your name, education, and jobs on it, and you’re done, right? WRONG!
Contrary to popular belief, a resume is NOT a professional biography… it is an advertisement for you. It’s like a flyer you would create for a product you were selling to tell your target audience why they should buy it… but in this case, the product is you.
That means that the most important tip is that your resume should be targeted towards the job you’re applying for. It should address how you’ve demonstrated that you have the qualifications they’re looking for, and why you will excel at the tasks they need you to do. Focus your descriptions of your skills and experience on what THEY want.
There aren’t a lot of “rules” when it comes to resumes… so strategically create the document that works the best to showcase your qualifications for the job you’re applying for. Everything from the format, to the layout, to the content, is under your control and should be done strategically. What are your most important qualifications? Put that information in the most prominent locations on your resume, and use strategic bolding, italicizing, etc.
The core of a resume is education and experience… or in other words, what you’ve learned, and what you’ve done. Think outside the box when it comes to experience… this can be anything hands-on you’ve done. Don’t limit yourself to work history; consider internships, volunteer experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, and class projects… anything that can be relevant to the job you’re applying for. You can also organize your experience into as many or as few categories as make sense to emphasize your most important qualifications.
For more information and tips on how to write an effective resume read out Resume Handout.
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