Make an Impact with Your Resume
Your resume offers employers one of the first glimpses into who you are, and to make an impression on them. Itâ€™s a very important tool in your job search. Therefore, you should first take some time to do an honest self-assessment on paper, by outlining your skills and experiences.
When youâ€™re ready to put everything together for your resume, keep the following basic points in mind. Make sure that:
â€¢ All the information is accurate (company names, time of employment, responsibilities at each company, etc.)
â€¢ The font and spacing is such that itâ€™s easy to read
â€¢ The format you've chosen is consistent throughout your resume
â€¢ You use bullet-points when listing out experiences and achievements
â€¢ Your resume is kept to a 2-page maximum
The basic sections you should have in your resume are:
â€¢ Name and Contact information;
â€¢ Objective (optional);
â€¢ Work Experiences;
â€¢ Others (for any miscellaneous, interesting personal information about yourself).
Of course, the most important part of your resume (and the part which â€œsellsâ€ you to potential employers) is your Work Experiences section. You should present a precise overview of the positions which have taught you valuable skills, and list out the most important, business-oriented responsibilities you've had for each job you've held. Use action words to describe your job duties. List your work experience in reverse chronological order (i.e. put your most recent job first and work backward to your first, relevant job.) Itâ€™s important to include:
â€¢ Title or position held
â€¢ Name of the company
â€¢ Location of work (city/country)
â€¢ Dates of employment (from- to-)
â€¢ Your work responsibilities with an emphasis on important , specific day-to-day duties and achievements
Itâ€™s important to be honest about what youâ€™ve done, but also not to sell yourself short. List out all of your major responsibilities; describe any leadership roles or functions (including how many people youâ€™ve been responsible for managing); quantify your achievements if applicable, or describe the positive outcomes through your efforts.