What is a Resume? Why do we need one, when applying for a job?
A Resume is an Application where you write in your personal details such as name, date of birth, location of birth etc and so forth. Your educational qualifications, companies and organizations you worked for, work experience, credentials, skills and accomplishments. Most of the companies or organizations require prospective employees to submit a Resume or Application along with a covering letter.
This is part of your Application process and how it works.
Your Resume is the first document that your Employer or Company will look at. So, it has to be well-written and presented. This document or Resume will be your “First Impression”. That is the very first document that you present to your Employer for a prospective “Job Interview”.
Do not forget to mention the correct and true information on your Resume or Application.
A Resume or Application must be attached with a covering letter. This letter explains your desire to work in that Company briefly giving out your experience in other Companies, while mentioning that the Resume is attached for their perusal. End it by saying that you hoped to hear from them soon.
Your resume should be straight forward and concise. While your covering letter highlights your experience and skills for the job applied.
Choose a Resume Style
You can choose to write your resume in chronological order, which is the common type. List your experience in reverse chronological order from least recent.
One important point that we would like to emphasize here is that it is mandatory to list all your skills and experiences before your work history nicely on the resume.
Which Resume type is right for you?
Put your Educational, work experience, skills and Accomplishments etc in a prominent place in your page. See that it could be well seen at a glance. Your Employer should be able to focus on that at once. Remember they do not have time to read everything so the important skills and Accomplishments should be put in such a way that it is seen and read just as well it was seen.
Make a list of your work experience
Make a list of your experience skills and Accomplishments, awards, certificates, community experience, post graduate course work, and other skills. Add your college degrees, High school educational qualifications.
When writing your resume remember to add each Company you worked for, date started, work experience, title and what type of work you did. Describe the work or the role you played in each Company. Describe your responsibilities for each Company you worked.
Focus on your achievements
Focus on your Achievements that you accomplished in every Company you worked for, you may highlight it so that your Employer can see it at a glance. See that your skills and qualifications match to that of the Company’s job you are seeking.
What not to say on a Resume?
Do not go overboard and write pages and pages of your accomplishments. Be brief and to the point, writing down only things that are important and relevant to your prospective Job. Everything should be given in a nutshell. Do not add anything unnecessary. Your resume is a living document and the key that holds an opening to your future.
Proof read everything you write. When typing out your resume be sure to add the appropriate margins on either side of your documents, spacing and use the correct fonts, formatting and justification for margins. Do not make any kind of typing errors or spelling and grammar mistakes. Ask your friend to proof read it once or twice and correct your mistakes before you add your signature and post. Be sure to print out extra copies in case you are asked for more copies. Remember to use the correct keywords appropriate to your job. Use a simple font like “Arial” for typing your documents. If you are not familiar in typing your document you can get it typed out from a Communication Center.
Remember that a well presented resume is the first key to your job interview.