My past experiences with writing resumes have always started off daunting, and ended up going well. I have learned how to take the standard resume that I have perfected, and mold it to fit the job description of any position that I apply for. The first steps to writing a great resume, is to identify sections of the resume that you feel will help portray you skills and work experience the best way possible. The below are some sections that resume’s typically contain…
Objective: This is the statement that explains your career plan in reference to what the employer is looking for in their applicants.
Education: List what school you go (or have gone) to, major(s)/minor(s), any relevant coursework that you’ve taken, your GPA, and your graduation date.
Skills/Research: List any personality traits that will be of value to the position, your software experience, a research that you’ve complied and/or written, etc.
Experience: List all job experiences that you feel are relevant and/or appropriate in reference to the position that you are applying for. Use your best judgment when picking these jobs, and always make sure to list them in chronological order starting with your most recent job at the top.
Awards/Honors/Service/Activities: List all awards,honors,community service involvements, and activities, including club and organizational involvements, that you have/are a part of.
Your resume does not have to include all of the above sections, but it should include most of them. Think about it this way, this document serves as your first impression to an employer. Represent yourself well by listing all that they need to know about what you are good at, what you’ve done, and what you can do.
One final helpful hint…your resume should never run over a page long! I have heard from some that this fact is not true, and from others that it’s their golden rule. I never let my resumes run over a page long because I know that employers only spend 10-20 seconds looking at resumes at first glances. They typically will not flip over to a second page, so the verbiage on my resume is clear and concise.
That’s all for now, but if you have any questions at all about your resume send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a productive week!