Considering employment, a resume is a document that is a compilation and summary of your education, work experience, certifications, trainings, licenses, awards, etc.
A resume is important for numerous reasons. Here are a few of those reasons:
- Often the first document that a hiring manager will look at (maybe after your cover letter) when considering an applicant for a job.
- It’s like an applicant’s “first impression.”
- Chance to capture the employer’s attention to secure an interview.
- One of the most crucial steps during the process of securing employment.
- It’s a marketing tool and opportunity for the applicant to sell himself or herself.
Here are a few tips to consider when writing your resume:
- Design it so it’s easy for a hiring manager to skim.
- The hiring managers shouldn’t have to “work” to read your resume.
- Tailor your resume to each job for which you’re applying.
- Emphasize performance and accomplishments, not just job tasks.
- Use numbers when possible.
- List experiences and accomplishments from previous jobs that are relevant to the current position for which you’re applying to help the hiring manager see why you’re a good fit.
- Format logically.
- Use professional formatting:
- 10-12 point font.
- Times New Roman.
- Headers can be larger font than the items underneath it.
- Use bold and italics intentionally and selectively to guide the reader’s eye to various sections.
- No related experience? Aim for transferrable skills. These are skills that were displayed in a previously held position that can also help perform the desired job.
- Keep resume up-to-date and accurate so it’s easier and less time consuming to apply to jobs.
- Vary the words used to start your points.
- Utilize action words: Managed, Organized, Lead, Conducted, Collaborated, Increased, etc.
- In general, keep it to one page. In some circumstances, like when an applicant has additional related work experience, more than one page may be acceptable. This may also be more acceptable in the academic/scholar world, where employees generally have curriculum vitas (CVs), which are generally longer than typical resumes.
- Have someone proofread your resume.
- When providing references, keep them as professional as possible. Your future employer will probably be more interested in hearing a review from your most recent supervisor than he or she will be in hearing what your best friend thinks about you.
A sample resume is provided below for your review.
What are friends are saying:
Claire M. says, “A resume is important because you may only get this one opportunity to express yourself to the employer. This is your first impression, and you get to choose how you want to portray your accomplishments and your success!”
Katarzyna S. says, “Resume for me is like a page of my life. For someone like me, it shows the different roles I was ready to take on, different places I have been a part of. Resume is also a point of discussion for me. There have always been questions why I did a particular job.”
Nijah A. says, “A resume is the snapshot of who you are when you first make contact with a potential employer. It’s important because it will determine how and what they think of you.”
Melissa B. says, “I did HR for 15 years. As a recruiter and an HR manager, I was only concerned with your skills and experience. Honestly, we didn’t even care much about schooling because most of what they teach you in college isn’t real world, even for technical positions. For scientists and engineers, we would give them a scenario to fix on a white board to see their thought process come to life. The next thing (and probably most important) is the personality of the person. If I interview 10 people with the same skill set it’s going to come down to how they will mesh with the existing people on the team. That’s what will seal the deal. One of my first jobs was doing OSHA work. I didn’t have a construction background at all. The recruiter said that he loved my personality, and he knew he wanted me in the company, he just didn’t know where. I learned everything about construction safety and workers comp on the job. I progressed through HR in the technical field from there and then made a jump to Cyber Security. I don’t have a degree or background in that either. Best advice for resumes – no more than two pages, high level overview of each position with bullet points. Not too wordy.”
Jesse M. says, “Resume – qualifications.”
Lauren S. says, “Imagine yourself literally in a stack of papers. Sometimes it’s a HUGE stack. Be efficient with your words, but also find a way to set yourself apart from those other papers.”
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Below is a sample, two-page resume that our Founder used to apply for and successfully obtain employment following her college graduation. It can be used as a template and tweaked as necessary to create a personal resume.
*Please note that we are aware of the red and green squiggles on the top of the resume example. We left them there in hopes of drawing your attention to the fact there will be changes that will need to be made to tailor each resume example to yourself.