Knowing how to create a professional, informational, and eye-pleasing resume is an art form that will take you far in your career. Here is everything you need to include for an eye-catching resume!
1. A Professional Title
Have your name clearly labeled at the top of the page, along with a title. Make sure it applies to the job you want!
2. Contact Information
Include all of your contact information at the top of the page where it can be seen clearly. If the interviewer can’t get in touch with you, you can’t get a job offer from them! On another note: Make sure your email address is professional! You won’t be seen as a competent employee-to-be with an email address like email@example.com. If you don’t have a professional email address- go make one right now (and be sure to only use your first and last name).
4. Work experience
When listing your work experience, list your most recent positions in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top)! List the job title, company name, dates you were employed, and a concise list of your job duties. Keep it short and sweet! If you’ve worked a lot of jobs, just use your 3-4 most recent. Hiring managers don’t want to read a book!
Next, mention your education. Include the name of your degree (or the program name), the name of the University or College, and the years attended. If you have anything that makes you stand out (like you graduated with honors, or with a 4.0 GPA, or you have a relevant minor) include that as well! If you don't have a college degree, list your high school and any higher education classes you've taken.
6. Additional information
Here’s your opportunity to add a personal touch! Include some more about you: languages spoken, hobbies, anything to show the real person behind the resume! Make sure to keep this section short.
Your formatting should be clean, organized, and easy to read. Place clear, bold headlines above each section to break up larger blocks of text. If you have a lot of information to include, you may opt to include a small column along the right side to include smaller blocks of information (such as a list of languages spoken, or your skills).
8. Fit the job ad
Don’t just create a single resume and submit it to every job under the sun! Look for jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and goals – then tailor your resume to fit! If one position focuses heavily on using Microsoft Office, make sure to highlight that in your resume – but if the job description says you won’t be using it at all, remove it to make room for something that fits better with what they’re looking for!
9. Proofread, proofread, proofread!
After finishing your resume, read it! And then read it again! Typos and grammatical errors can immediately turn hiring managers off from getting in touch with you. Being articulate and well-written are extremely important factors that will help you get a position! If you’re unsure if everything looks up-to-scratch on your resume, it may be beneficial to hand it over to a friend or colleague to get a second opinion.
After you've included everything, ensure that your resume is no longer than one page. As mentioned above, hiring managers like concise information that they can read quickly - not a life story. You may need to cut down on some of the above sections if it's too long.
Happy job hunting! And if you've scored an interview with your amazing resume, check out Everything You Need to Know to Ace Your Job Interview.