What is a resume?
- Your personal marketing tool – it presents you in the best possible light for the purpose of getting you invited to an interview
- Flexible – should be written to suit your needs and the needs of the prospective employer
- Accurate, descriptive and easy to read
- Always improving because you will be gaining more skills and experience in life and/or work
The main purpose of the resume is to summarize your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick “snapshot” of who you are and should be organized and relevant to the position you are applying on.
3 Main Resumes Styles
- Most common and widely accepted
- Details your past jobs working backwards from your most recent position
- Employers are familiar with this style and see it as fact-based and easy to read
- Focuses on the skills you have acquired over the years, rather than when, where and how you acquired them
- Don’t have to put the jobs in chronological order – best to list most important job first and work backwards in importance
- A little harder to write – involves a lot of thinking about the skills that would benefit your target job
- Combines chronological and functional styles
- Often will include a Summary of Skills section
Information That Should Never Go In Your Resume
- Resume title – Very obvious to the employer that it is a resume
- Abbreviations – Avoid using
- Reason for leaving – don’t include in your resume, it will probably come out in an interview and respond with “my needs were no longer being met” or “I needed a change”
- Availability – You have to be available if you are job searching!
- Salary – Leave your salary expectations out
- Age, race, religion, gender, national origin – leave any reference to these out of your resume
- Exaggerations – avoid, they could get you fired later!
- Email addresses with inappropriate account names
- Any trace of social media accounts with inappropriate content
Common Resume Writing Mistakes
- Not taking the time to think about what you have to offer an employer – your most marketable skills and relevant accomplishments must be listed on the resume
- Spelling and grammar mistakes
- Most job seekers don’t take time to research the target employer – remember to let the employer know you are really interested in the position and you are the perfect match
- Not adding a cover letter to introduce your resume