Learn the uses and content of an effective resume, and its most applicable and common structures.
When to use
When applying for employment, a position at a new company, or a promotion.
Typical purposes for a resume:
- Initial communication with HR department at a company
- Basic correspondence about you and your qualifications
- First impression with hiring manager or direct supervisor
- Interoffice shorthand among team members during hiring process
- Create a competitive advantage
- One page is preferred, especially for new grads and entry to mid-level positions
Formatting and Content
- Keep it straightforward and clear, or relative to your industry and position standards
- Consider online templates: Google Docs: for resume samples, Cvmaker (www.cvmkr.com) and Microsoft Office
- Simple designs are easiest to read and upload into digital programs
- Include your most important duties or accomplishments, and the difference you made, in each role
- Use a customized objective, try to say what you aim to bring to a specific company or role
- Describe actions you have taken in your duties and the positive results they brought about
- Show growth in your field if you have a longer work history to relate
- For a short work history or recent college grad, choose a functional resume which focuses less on employment history more on skills, experience and education
- For headers, Skills, Experience, Education and other concrete categories are better than Personal Interests or even References. Awards are optional
- Proofread and Spellcheck!
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