Resumes are a great way to showcase your talents and experience. It’s like an advertisement – for you.
Many jobs will require you to fill out an application, but it’s still helpful to have a resume handy.
A resume helps in several ways
- Gives You a Professional Appearance.
Taking the time to put together a resume shows the recruiter or hiring manager that you take your career seriously.
- Puts All Your Information in One Location.
If you do need to fill out an application, you won’t have to scratch your head to remember what month you started your last job – it’s all right there.
- Gives You a Professional Yardstick.
Your career to-date on a sheet of paper or two can provide a measurement of where you have been professionally and may give you ideas about where you want to go.
- Saves You Time.
Many online job applications allow you to upload your resume to their site, and many forms will pre-fill some of the application information for you.
- How to Get Started on a Resume.
Start by just writing down anything you can think of about your career so far on a sheet of paper –companies where you worked, when you worked there, what your job title was. Double-check this information it to be sure that your recollection is accurate, because most companies will check your job history. Don’t say that you were head of the department if you were not.
How Your Resume Should Look.
An internet search for chronological resumes (the most employer-desired format) will reveal samples of what your completed resume should look like, but here are a few pointers:
- Don’t get fancy. Use a basic, readable 10-12 point font, like Times New Roman or Arial.
- Put your name and contact information at the top in bold.
- List your job history, most recent job first.
- Use action words and try to use terms related to your profession. These keywords will increase the chances of your resume making it through the initial computer screening.
- List your education and any applicable trainings or organizations. You don’t have to list graduation years.
- If you ever need to print out your resume, be sure to use plain white or off-white paper of a good quality.