Summary: A good resume must include contact information, education, skills, experience, key words and sometimes an objective to stand out professionally.
There are several types of resumes you can create, depending greatly on the type of position and industry you are applying to. Create a resume that is either chronological, functional, combination, or targeted. The most common format is the chronological with education first, followed by the summary of work experiences. Functional places more focus on skills and experience rather than dates of jobs where large gaps may be present. Combination would be blending both of the previous formats with your skills listed first. Targeted resumes highlight a specific skill or experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. With whatever format you choose, there are six sections to include on it.
Contact information – A resume doesn’t do much good if there is no way for the employer to contact you. The correct information to provide is your name, phone number, email address, and a physical address if you are from out of state.
Skills – Use this section to highlight your different skills. Some examples of important things to note would be typing speed and computer programs you know how to use.
Work experience – The generally accepted rule is to include your three most recent jobs unless you have a job that was a temporary lawn mowing job for a month that doesn’t benefit you more than that number four job from the month before of managing the country club summer employees. Your jobs should be listed chronologically. If you don’t have any jobs then don’t put anything down.
Education – Being a recent high school graduate is not as important to list as your college degree and professional certificates. If you attended college a long time ago, move this section to the bottom of your resume so that your most recent experience is the first thing potential employers see.
Key words – Look for key words used in the job posting and incorporate them into your resume. This is important because some companies use a computer program set to look for key words to sort through resumes. If your resume lacks those words, it will be discarded immediately. For example, if the job description mentions using Microsoft Office, and you know how to use it, then include it on your resume.
Objective – This can be included at the top of your resume for some jobs. An entry level job, specific job, or resume with a cover letter don’t need this section. Only use an objective if you are applying to a company that may be hiring for several positions that you are interested in.
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