Why do you need a resume? It’s what gets you an interview. It opens doors for you and gets you into places. Your resume has to stand out and be excellent! Think of your resume as your personal marketing tool-its sole purpose is to make you look good. Hiring managers see dozens of resumes a day, what will make them want to not only look at, but also read yours?
Today we will discuss what you need to know about resumes to be prepared for the workforce. To do this you need to use qualifiers and quantifiers, tailor your resume to each job you apply for, and the elements that are in all resumes. When you leave here today you will be able to put together a well-crafted resume that will help you land an internship or job.
Let’s begin by discussing the three types of resumes there are. The chronological resume is the resume that highlights your work experience from most recent to least recent. The chronological resume is for people with extensive work experience and no work gaps. It shows a progressive work history and includes dates. It works well for those who are seeking work in a similar field that they are currently in.
A functional resume highlights your skills and accomplishments. It does not include dates and works best for people who have a wide variety of work experience. People who may have gaps in their work history may use this type of resume. The hybrid/combo resume is the most common. It’s a combo of the chronological and functional. It highlights your skills followed by your work experience and education. It works well for people with little formal work experience.
As discussed your resume is the first impression that employers make of you. It’s you on paper. The look or the layout is important. You want your resume to be given not just a glance, but a long enough glance to be read and land you an interview. This means that the layout needs to be organized, consistent, and easy to read. The font needs to be no smaller than 10 point but no larger than 14 point. Make sure the font is consistent throughout. Your name needs to be the biggest item on your resume- it needs to stand out like the name of the movie on a marquee sign. Include bullet points to emphasize information. Most resumes are glanced at for 7-20 seconds and either trashed or kept in the keep pile for another look. Your goal is to get a second glance.
To get that second glance, you want to have the right type of information on your resume. You need to have your contact information at the top centered, a profile summary discussing your skills and talents, your education experience, work experience, and volunteer activities. If you are a student, your education should be at the top, you can also discuss any extracurricular activities you are involved in. This can be included with your education or as a separate heading. The title of your headings don’t matter, but having the right information does. Keep it relevant and current! You will also need a separate reference sheet.
To tailor your resume to a specific job means that you read the job description and pick out keywords and use them in your resume. Many companies now use an applicant tracking system to see how many keywords in the job description are in your resume. To do this, you need to get past the company jargon at the top of a resume and get down to the nitty gritty of what the company is looking for. I want you to understand that you have to look past the job title at what type of person the company is looking for- if you feel you fit that description then proceed. Don’t let a title intimidate you or make you think the job is no for you. The title doesn’t matter, it’s what you do within the title that does.
The information in your resume needs to include quantifiers and qualifiers or put simply words and numbers. Action words like the one on the Prezi are words that you need to use. Begin every bullet point with an action word. It’s important to be specific so that you are able to back up what you say and give yourself credibility. For example do not simply state Trained new employees, state trained over 15 new employees which resulted in customer satisfaction increasing by 20%. This shows that you are capable and good at training others, you are effective and get results. Numbers catch people’s eye, use as many numbers as you can. You are able to use numbers in any job whether you are talking about the number of students you teach or the number of news articles you wrote for a marketing internship- numbers count. You don’t always have to be exact you can give an estimation if you cannot have an exact number. Numbers help give you credibility. Your qualifiers and quantifiers need to prove that you can do what you say you can.
No two resumes will ever be the same, but they all need the same type of information. One last tip is to keep you resume updated and current. Continue to add any new skills, accomplishments, or degrees to it.
Your resume is your first impression to a potential employee. It needs to be organized, concise, and updated. You are representing yourself. Your resume can open many doors for you. You may have many careers, and each time that you obtain a new job, it will be in part to your resume. You are now prepared to have a resume that will help you to be on your way in the world of work.