The professional world is waiting for you! Do you need a resume? We’ve decided to extend helpful tips on building your resume, highlighting important areas, and the benefits of what a good resume can truly do for your career.
Typically, a resume comes with several key sections to indicate your strengths, skills, background, work history, educational experience, and any additional achievements you are interested in adding. Ultimately, a resume is a collections of your work life wrapped into two sheets of paper. The idea of being able to put all of this in such a small amount of space can be mind boggling. Let’s dive into some key concepts for your resume
Resume Tips & Tricks
Start from scratch with a blank word document or a sheet of paper. Brainstorm your highest skills and experience such as:
Once you have this information recorded, think about the core qualifications that you could offer an employer and add the years of experience in each category. An example would be:
7+ File Management
9 + Interpersonal Communication
4 + Brand Marketing Success
Believe it or not, you are half way done! Seems pretty easy right? Whether you are using Microsoft Word, G-Suite, or Pages, you can convert your document to a standardized word document once complete. This function works for each integrated system.
Our suggestion for fonts would be: Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman, as they are converted across each system as well. **An additional tip when writing: Use all of your space! Including the header and footer, if necessary. **
As a title, center your name and bold it at the top of your page. The first thing that stands out is your name. Add your projected job title and be sure it correlates with the job you are applying for. Typically, jobs are interested in knowing what your passion is and the title says it all! Refrain from adding your address to your resume, as most employers don’t care to know this in the beginning. Their focus is solely on your qualifications, skills, and work history.
Employment History & Educational Experience
Do you fit the job description? You will know once your review the jobs core requirements, if you are a match. Since hundreds of applicants apply daily through online job ads, you have to make sure that you stand out. Remember, there is no need to compete for a job that you qualify for. Simply, introduce yourself with a small objective under your title and tell your story.
The objective is a mini cover letter that introduces the employer to your highlighted skills and history. Think of it as a opening act for a broadway show! Every resume should have an objective as one of the top headliners. Make it stand out! You can label it as "Summary of Qualifications" or any title you choose.
Employment History and educational experience, go hand in hand. This section is the deal breaker for most applicants, as you must obtain the specified amount go years and specified experience within the field you are applying for. Tip: when searching for jobs, be sure to read the descriptions before applying.
Add the name of your previous company, years start and end date, and job title held at this establishment. Bold this and use as a title within this section. Use bullet points (or one full paragraph) to thoroughly explain the job tasks completed. Here’s an example:
“Customer Service Representative | Craftypens LLC | 2019-2020 “
Answered incoming calls
Updated prospect client account
Exceeded Monthly Sales Quota
Easy enough? Make this count and give it your best shot. There is no right or wrong when listing your experience. If you are unsure of additional job duties and need assistance, feel free to use your search engines and look for specified job details on the internet. Work smarter, not harder!
Adding your Education. When adding your education, list the most relevant degree first and follow behind with the remainder degrees. We recommend adding all certifications and degrees in this section. Be sure to list the school name, city, state, degree obtained, and your graduation year.
Lastly, list your achievements. Employers love to see that you have excelled in the past. It reassures the employer that they are hiring the right person. An all-around trend setter included in organizations, groups, or successful personal projects would sound amazing on you resume! Once complete, you have yourself a basic resume!