The Basics of a Resume
Your resume is a detailed document displaying your skills and experience so as to impress hiring managers and recruiters to call you for an interview. Therefore, it should be clear, consistent, and easy to read. Here are some pointers:
-You must choose a preferred type/style - There are a few basic types to be considered and this is dependent on the individual's personal circumstance. Types include, chronological, functional, combination or a targeted resume. Ensure that you use that particular style throughout the document.
- Resume Content - Today many companies are using recruiting software. In order to ensure that your resume gets through the database, you must make every effort to use keywords. Therefore, look at the job requirements and make sure you have the necessary skills and competence, and use keywords to describe the same.
- Be Honest – You must be honest about the information you include on your resume because potential employers will verify, and if any information is incorrect then you would lose your opportunity.
- Experience – Aim at striking a balance between a chronological resumes and the quality of the content presented. Always try to put the most current position at the top. Provide details of relevant duties; as it relates to the job you are applying for.
- Skills and Achievements – You must have a checklist of your special skills any achievements and award(s) during your lifetime as this can highlight your outstanding contribution to a project or purpose.
- Proof-reading – You must re-read the document carefully. If you are in doubt get someone to read it over for you.
- Format – Work to make your resume organized and easy to read, no matter what type or style you have chosen.
- Professional organizations and affiliations - List your professional standing with professional organizations and any leadership position you have held, but try to stay away from religious and political groups as it has the potential of being controversial.
Preparing a resume is not an easy task and all of the above guidelines should be taken into consideration. I can’t over emphasize the importance of writing a resume that reflects your goals, in a concise, organized and well-phrased document. Remember, this will be your best chance of getting a call for an interview either via telephone or face to face.