If you’re looking for a job, you no doubt have had to put together a resume. This document is a vital part of the job application process, but for many people, resumes can be daunting and intimidating to write. In this article, we’ll go over how your resume should be written in order to make sure you get hired or recognized for your qualifications.
Here are some tips to help you put together an effective resume:
The contact information section should contain all the information necessary for the employer to get in touch with you. Include your current address, phone number(s), and email address. If you have any social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn) that are pertinent to your skillset or career goals, then include those as well.
In this section, provide a short overview (one or two sentences) about yourself and why you’re the right candidate for the job. For example, if you are applying for a position as an accountant, write about how you excel in numbers and provide an example of your ability. This will give the reader a quick look into how you can be an asset to the company.
Write a brief summary of your work history. List each position you’ve held in reverse chronological order. Be sure to list the dates you have worked for each company. Under each position, use two or three bullet points to describe your role. Use keywords and action verbs such as managed, created, or analyzed to help employers understand what you did at each job.
List any skills, qualifications and specialized training that can help you feel confident in landing the job. Include both hard skills (i.e., computer proficiency) as well as soft skills (i.e., project management). You want to make it as easy as possible for the employer to see that you are the best candidate for the job. If the position requires it, don’t hesitate to include references from former colleagues or employers that can vouch for your work ethic and abilities.
List the schools you have attended in reverse chronological order with your most recent school listed first. Include the name of the school, city, state, and dates of attendance. If you are currently attending a school, make sure to list it as well with the dates of attendance and the anticipated date of graduation.
Employers often have many resumes to sort through when hiring. Be as concise as possible and use powerful words to make your experience stand out. It’s best to keep the resume on one page unless you have an extensive amount of specialized experience. Stick with standard fonts and font sizes. Take advantage of keywords and phrases to describe your past work experience, skills, and education.
The majority of employers extensively search online resumes on sites such as Nexojobs before interviews take place. Errors such as spelling errors and poor formatting can greatly hurt your chances of landing the job.
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