When you face a blank page when trying to attempt
resume writing for the first time can be very scary. You may wonder
if you have enough to say about yourself to fill a page; you may
have no idea about just how to list all of your skills and
experience within a single sheet of paper. In order to get started,
ask yourself some basic questions about your past jobs and also your
career goals for the future.
Before you even begin resume writing all by
yourself, define the exact reasons why you need one in the first
place. While this may sound simple, you may just say “I want to
secure a new job or Position.” You must first consider your career
objective. Make certain that your goals and objectives are specific
in terms of industry, position title, and future professional
achievements. Once you are clear on the type of job that you are
targeting, it will be much easier to craft out a resume that
highlights your expertise especially in the area of your interest.
Once you have your career objective noted down on
paper, you must do some research on the most appropriate format
suitable for your resume, that is most commonly used and also be
appropriate for your industry. You may conduct a search on the
Internet to get a better idea of what a well-written professional
resume looks like. Once you find a resume format that best suits
your field and your career objective, use the same layout to get
List your personal information at the top of the
resume. Include your home address, contact phone number, and your
email address. You must ensure that your email address looks
professional, therefore make sure that it contains your name.
You must list all your experiences on a separate
sheet of paper, before you begin listing the in your resume. List
them in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent
job first (possibly your present job). You must the list only up to
three or four previous jobs that you have done, although make sure
that your resume does not exceed two pages in length. Make sure that
all your jobs are listed in order; don’t skip any of your
employments as this will create gaps in your professional history.
List your Education in reverse chronological
order. Start with your college attendance and move to your most
recent accomplishments. If you do not have a college education, make
sure to include any professional courses, even if they were taken as
training at your previous jobs. This will help in showcasing your
qualifications. Create a separate section to list all your skills
and capabilities in your resume in bullet point form. Make sure to
list all the abilities that confirm that you are the best candidate
for the job that you are seeking.
No need to add references in your resume unless
specifically asked for by your would be employers. However you must
let your potential employer know that you can provide references if
necessary. You can include a line at the end of your resume that
clearly states, “References will be provided upon request.”
As your final check point, ask a friend or a
family member to critically review your resume, and also give you
feedback. Getting a few seniors or elders to review your resume
would be beneficial. It would help you correct any typos, or even
bring to your attention anything that appears unclear or confusing.
A well-written, error-free resume will surely aid you put your
secure the job that matches your career goals.