How to Write a Resume
There are many reasons why people need to know how to write a resume. Some are new to the job market with little or no experience, some have recently lost their jobs, and others have specific career fields with certain requirements. There are different types of resumes for varied reasons for needing one.
Your resume will compete with many others for most positions, perhaps tens of thousands. Your resume needs to optimize YOU.
If you have followed Step One and written your private resume you will be ahead in this game. Now you need to get your vital information together to write your public or employer resume.
How to Write a Resume Preparation
Get Your ‘SELF’ Ready
One of the best practices we can promote is to ensure you have all of your personal information ready to put onto your resume, before you begin the resume writing process. Categorize the information as follows:
You will need to the basics: name, address, and phone number of the school. Then, make sure you document the dates attended, awards received, your area of study, the degree (or degrees) earned, and your grade point average.
Document your work experience. Make sure you list the company name, your supervisor’s name, the address, a phone number, your dates of employment, your job title, the reason you left, any equipment operated, office equipment operated, software experience, and specific technical skills you gained while working for the company.
You will need a personal list and a list of your references. Your personal list should include: birth date, social security number, address, and telephone number. Your reference list should include: names of references, addresses, phone numbers, and occupations.
Make sure you have these forms readily available: professional licenses, military discharge papers, driver’s license (or photo i.d.), social security card copy, visa or work papers, resume, special certification copies.
Keep all of this information together in a file folder, when you are beginning to write your resume this will reduce the time you spend searching for numbers, etc. Standard application forms also ask for this information. Instead of leaving any of the information off the application, you can be sure that
Resume Type Affects Effectiveness
Sending a resume in an unsuitable format could cost you a position. Typically, job seekers send resumes in a chronological order (or reverse chronological order) format. These resumes have their place, but do not fit every person’s needs. Several other resume types can be used, consider:
• A functional resume
• A combination resume
• A modified letter
Each of these types allows the job seeker to emphasize different areas that may attract different employers. A good practice is to find out if there is a specific type employers in your industry like or prefer receiving.
Be the Employer’s Solution Before You Begin Writing
Your resume is a chance to promote yourself well enough that an employer wants to spend more time getting to know you. Convince an employer that you deserve the interview:
• Promote your best qualities
• Answer the employer’s question: Are you qualified for the position?
To do this, you should focus on your accomplishments. This furthers your individuality and promotes personal strengths. While writing your resume, the focus on your accomplishments allows you to take an active role in furthering your chances of gaining a position. Use power words. Using resume writing power words and focusing on your accomplishments that set you apart from the rest shows you met and exceeded the standard.
Do not Give Them a Reason to Turn You Down Before They Meet You
Your entire resume should be packed full of information that relates to the position you seek. Any information that does not fit the needs of the employer should not be included.
Include your name and contact information. Phone number an email address. If your email address is anything like hotmama@thehouse get a more professional email address just for your job hunt.
Do not include:
The sad fact remains, that you can be discriminated against based on your age or sex. To eliminate the possibility of being discriminated against, before you have had the chance to interview with the company, do not give them ammunition.
The most important thing to remember about a resume, is that the resume serves as an advertisement for you: you are the product, and you need to sell yourself.
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