When you want to apply for a job, the employer will always ask for a resume. It is needed to assess whether or not you fit the requirements of the job position in their company. It is a summary of your previous education, experience, and your qualifications. It is a represents an image of your professional self. When applying for a job, it is arguably the most vital thing in the process of application. A relevant and well-organized one will make you stand out in a sea of applicants and get you that interview. Keeping your resume as clean and on point as possible is important. Let’s break down some key points in making one.
What to include
A resume needs to be as concise and as clean as possible. You should only write down the things that are important and relevant to the position you are applying for. Contact information is crucial. Update your resume with your most recent contact information. Put down your address, personal phone number and your professional email address. Include all your relevant paid work experience. Write a short summary of your responsibilities and accomplishment. Input your education in reverse order with the most recent degree on top. Skills are great to add an edge. Make sure you input the hard skills relevant to the role. It is nice to include your awards and affiliations if it makes sense to the job you’re applying.
What to not include
To keep it clean and concise, there are some things you need to exclude. Leave out the objective statement, but if you must, put in a summary statement. An objective statement describes what you wish to achieve and accomplish, while a summary statement explains what you have already accomplished. Another thing that is not necessary to add is your references. You don’t need to include ‘references available upon request’ since if you’ve had work experience, it is assumed you have references. Do not include skills that are not provable or the ones that we call soft skills since they are not quantifiable.
How to format
You can format your resume in different ways. When deciding on a format, consider the position and role for which you are applying. Functional, chronological, and hybrid formatting styles each have their specific purposes. Make sure to make it as appealing as possible since its appearance could give you the advantage to be considered by the employer.…