How to Write a Great Resume
Your résumé is your biggest tool in deciding whether you will be called in for an interview.Employers receive so many applicants for a single position that they will use your résumé to qualify you for the the position. A résumé that is full of errors or not targeted toward the type of position, will not make the cut. By following the guidelines that are listed on this page you can create a résumé that will get you noticed.
There are free word processing programs such as Openoffice and Google documents that you can use to type your résumé . You will want to use Microsoft Word if it is possible. The reasoning behind this is that these free programs do not have as advanced editing features. In addition files in these types of format may not process correctly when electronically submitted to the employer.
When typing your résumé, use a generic font such as “Times New Roman”. Using other types of font is distracting or considered unprofessional. Make sure that all of your contact information is easy to find. Your contact phone number, home address, city, state, and zip code should all be listed. Your résumé should be no longer than two pages in length. Choosing the résumé format is another important factor. The three basic résumé formats are
In a chronological résumé, you start by listing your most recent position first. After listing your work history, the rest of the resume focuses on your education, skills, etc. A chronological résumé is typically preferred by employers.
In a combination résumé, you will list your skills and experience first. After that, you employment history is listed in chronological order. This type of résumé can be used to highlight the skills that you possess that are relevant to the job position.
Finally, there is the targeted résumé which focuses on the specific job opening. A targeted résumé will highlight your skills and experiences that are relevant to the position you are applying for. With this type of résumé, you will have to re-write the résumé for every position you apply for.
It is good practice to tailor your résumé toward the position you are applying for. A good way to do this without having to re-write your résumé for every job application is to include an “Objective” and “Summary of Qualifications” heading.
The purpose of the “Objective” is to convey what your intentions are and why you are the best candidate for the position. For example, say you are applying for a position in pharmaceutical sales. A strong objective statement would be written like the following: “To obtain a pharmaceutical sales position in an organization that is seeking an extraordinary record of generated new clientele, exceeding sales goals, and creating customer loyalty”. Generating new customers, breaking sales goals, and strong loyalty would all be extremely important to this type of position. Objectives must be concise and straight to the point in order to be effective.
Your “Summary of Qualifications”, will be a collection of several concise statements that focus on your most importation skills, abilities, and achievements that you bring to the table. This is the most difficult part of your resume to create. Every word that you use or don't use on your “Summary of Qualifications” matter. In order to create the most effective one, you must look at the job description. Pick out what qualities the employer is looking for with the position. You may also need to brainstorm other qualities that the employee would ideally want in a candidate for the position. Once you have this list of skills, traits, and qualities, it is time to put it all into words. Use a mix of the following to convey your message to describe how you possess each ideal trait:
- Relevant promotions, awards, recognitions
- Your areas of expertise
- An example of an accomplishment that was special
- the mix of skills, depth that you possess
An example of a “Summary of Qualifications” would be the following: " Passionate leader with eight years of experience inspiration employees to perform above and beyond. Out of the box thinker who energizes through change, driving excellence, and growing employee talent. This lead to a series of promotions, leadership awards, and accomplishments in unprecedented sales. Previous background includes negotiation, public speaking and marketing. Committed to developing strategies for long term grown. “
Lastly, you will also want to include an area in your résumé that highlight your skills and/or accomplishments. In this section, you will go into more detail about what you have achieved in your previous positions. This section can also be named“Professional Highlights”, “Summary of Accomplishments”, “Recent Accomplishments”, etc. You may want to use bullet points to structure this part of your résumé. Specific facts and figures should be included when possible. For instance, “Reduced employee turnover by 40% from 2010 to 2012” is a viable fact that will stick out to the employer. You will want to keep this section, like the rest, concise. Another example of a bullet point that could be added to this section is: “Chosen by the C.E.O. Of Pepsi to lead a special task force to plan and implement a successful marketing strategy for selling a new snack in Brazil.”
Before you hit the send button on that email to a prospective employer it never hurts to have a second pair of eyes look over it. While editing software today will catch many errors, having someone else look it over your will ensure that it makes sense when read by another person. By following these guidelines, you are sure to get a call about an interview and be well on your way to a new career.
Sample Resume for your reference:
- Sample Resume 1 - http://goo.gl/6GekI
- Sample Resume 2 -http://goo.gl/8tHVw