You’ve probably heard the word “resume” as early as middle school. It’s an important document that every job seeker will create at least once in their lives. Your resume will show employers who you are, what your experience is, and what your accomplishments have been. A resume can be a very intimidating document, but once you know what you should include, you’ll be ready for any interview or open position. So what are recruiters and employers looking for in a resume?
You won’t always be e-mailing your resume to an employer. You might see someone in person and hand it to them face to face. If they’re interested in getting in touch with you, they should have your contact information. This includes not only your name, but your address, telephone number and e-mail address. Make sure these are all valid ways of reaching you. There’s nothing more frustrating than a disconnected line or a bounced e-mail.
So many people forget to include their objective on their resume. This is also known as a mission statement, explaining what type of employment you’re looking for and what type of worker you are. Avoid the cliches and general statements like “hard working”, “punctual”, and “fast learner”. Find other ways of describing these traits.
It’s not enough to have graduated and working at a well respected company. What kind of skills do you have? Can you operate a PC and a Mac? Do you know Adobe Design Suite as well as web programming language? Are you a fast typer? Include these skills on your resume. Obviously, don’t include things that have nothing to do with the job you’re going for. If you are applying to be a retail manager, your culinary skills won’t matter much. Be specific.
The most obvious part of the resume, your potential employer will want to know where you worked previously. It doesn’t have to be only paid positions; include your internships and volunteer opportunities. If you have any experience in the job opportunity, be sure to include it. Don’t forget to list the company or business, the dates of employment, and your responsibilities. The interviewer will want you to elaborate further.
If you’re just going to college, you should include your high school information, including the date you graduated, grade point average, and extra curricular activities. If you’ve been in college for a while or recently graduated, remove your high school info and just include your college stats. Don’t forget your major and minor (if applicable).
Whether you accomplished something at school or at your job, be sure to include that information on your resume as well. It may be a question asked anyways, and they’ll see you’re goal oriented and willing to get things done.
Some people also include their references and have a resume that’s 3 pages long. Try your best to keep your resume one page, relevant to the specific job opportunity, and up to date. If you need assistance with formatting your resume, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of free templates you can find online. Keep a Word version and a PDF version, as well as a hard copy with you at all times.