Structured and impersonal, resumes are a necessary evil of job hunting.
Trying to recall everything you’ve done in your past jobs, tailoring it to each job you apply to and making it stand out from other candidates you’re competing against is stressful.
Fortunately, the structure that makes a resume so boring also makes writing one a straightforward process. Below is a short breakdown of a typical resume template.
Listing your name and contact information at the top of a resume seems self-explanatory, but many job seekers get this basic step wrong.
Be sure to include your name, as well as the mailing address, phone number and email address where you would like employers to reach you. You should also include a link to your LinkedIn profile and personal website, if you have one.
A Summary section is a short paragraph that sells your value as a professional by mentioning your most relevant skills and biggest achievements to date. This section should be written to pique the curiosity of your reader.
More than any other section, a Summary section should be specifically tailored to each job you are seeking. For instance, if the job is with a small company, you could highlight your ability to “wear many different hats” successfully.
This part of the resume gives hiring managers a chance to skim through your skills to see if you have what they’re looking for. As with the Summary section, a Skills section ought to be tailored to the position you are seeking.
The Skills section is also where you should integrate the proper keywords, so your resume is optimized for automated scanning by an applicant tracking systems (ATS). Take a look at the posting to figure out what essential abilities the company is trying to find in applicants.
Matching the wording in your Skills section to the posting is particularly essential for people seeking technical jobs because success in these positions is heavily based on the use of hard, technical abilities.
This part should include a summary of your work history. If you have a long work history, you don’t have to include every company you were ever employed by. Instead, just include the last three jobs and put any other relevant work experience under a subsection labelled “Early Career.”
Relevant internships and temporary jobs can be included in this section of your resume.
In this section, simply list where you went to school and your degree. List your most advanced degrees first.
Don’t list schools you attended but did not graduate from unless your studies there are extremely relevant to your career track. For instance, if you went to school for finance, dropped out and have two decades of experience in the field, go ahead and list the school without listing a degree.
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