Resumes have been around for generations and though they have changed from paper to digital, a lot of the important stuff is still the same. With that said, it is important to know the things to include and leave out of your resume. After all, you only have so much room and so much time to make that impression that is worthy enough for an interview.
When signing up for a job search site, there are a few necessities to keep in mind. You are in luck, you do not need to be a graphic designer or hire one in order to make an effective resume. Let’s talk about what you need to include.
First things first: Cover the basics.
The sole purpose of a resume is to showcase your relevant skills and accomplishments to a person or group of people who read documents about people boasting about their accomplishments, ALL DAY!
You will find your way to stand out, but for now let’s make sure that we have these basic things included in your resume:
- Relevant Degrees and Certifications: If you are fortunate enough to have a ton of educational credentials, it is important to include the experience that best correlates with the job description.
- Relevant Work and Volunteer Experience: You do not have to post everything in chronological order! You do not have to post every duty of every job! By knowing how to relate the experience you have to the individual job posting you are applying for, you can both save space for more important things as well as get the notice of the recruiter.
- Relevant Skills: It is important to put the skills that you have that are also relevant to the potential job. Not only mention the skills, but use a descriptive word to tell your level of expertise in a subject. If you are fair in programming but fluent in Spanish, be specific. Being open and honest with potential employers goes a long way. People blow smoke to them all day, don’t be like those people.
- Up To Date Contact Info: This seems like a no brainer, but something that is often overlooked. Sometimes people just touch up an old resume, fix new employment but forget they changed address or phone number. It does no good sending out 1,000 resumes to jobs you could be qualified for but to not have a way for them to get a hold of you when interested. Do not divulge too much contact info, but be sure to have a valid phone number and email address listed. Always be safe when giving out your info.
Another basic that goes in line with making sure you have accurate contact info is proofreading in general.
You need to proof read your resume… a bunch of times.
Like I mentioned before, your resume is your first impression with a potential employer. With that said, I am sure you can understand that having things misspelled or other typos can have your resume thrown out of the contest. Some may say, it is only a typo. I would disagree. It shows that you are sloppy, do not pay attention to details.
I recommend that you go through your resume multiple times both in your head as well as out loud. Go line by line, word by word. Be sure that things both look good on the line as well as sound good.
make sure every word is in the right place, because every word counts.
After you have read it over a bunch of times in a bunch of ways and you are confident that it is perfect, give it to a few friends or colleagues to look over. Just because you know what you were trying to say, doesn’t mean everyone will. An extra set of eyes and perspective can never hurt.
Previously, references were a mandatory thing to have on a resume. In today’s climate, it is considered that leaving resumes clear of reference sections to be best practice. It will help you save space and keep your professional contacts privacy intact.
Every word matters: