Having a resume is vital to finding work. If you don’t have one, that should be your top priority. Resume writing doesn’t have to be hard. Even if you aren’t good at writing, you should be able to make a bullet list, and that’s essentially what a resume is — a bullet list of your experience, skills, and accomplishments.
There are plenty of websites with examples of resumes. Just a simple Google search will yield great examples. But if you still feel lost, here are a few rules you should follow when creating your resume:
Keep everything on one page.
Recruiters have to sift through hundreds of resumes for one position, so you need to catch their attention quickly. If your resume is more than one page long, they may not even consider you. Try to keep things simple and concise.
List your latest experience and education first.
In other words, your very first job should be listed last. For education, if you have more than one degree or certificate, go in descending order. So let’s say you have a PhD. List that first, then your bachelor’s. Only list institutions where you completed a degree or certificate. If you went to a university for one year before transferring to another, the university you transferred from doesn’t have to be listed on your resume.
Brag about your skills.
Nowadays, Microsoft Office Suite is no longer a skill, since nearly every workplace uses that basic software. Think of those electives you took in college, and if they relate to the position you are applying for, feel free to include them. However, if you took one class on Adobe Dreamweaver, and don’t remember a thing from it, don’t list that as something you have experience with. Believe me, employers would rather not train someone if they don’t have to.
Include your website, online portfolio, or clips.
You can have a great resume, but your professional website might be just the ticket to convince the hiring manager to give you a shout. Seeing is believing, and if you can give a potential employer examples of your work, you’ll have a leg up against others who have applied for the same job.
Don’t forget your contact information.
Your name, phone number, email, and address should be at the very top in clear, easy-to-read font.
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