Looking for a job can be a real challenge. Yet, before you start your research and begin scouring job postings, you need to write a resume that will allow you to sell your personal brand and convince recruiters that you’re a perfect fit for the job.
If you are having a difficult time creating a high-quality resume, here are some tips to help you organize your resume the right way:
Name and Contact Information
This section should be placed at the top of the resume; include your email and/or a phone number where you can be most easily reached. Include your full address in the same section.
You can also add your website in this header, as long as your site provides relevant information, or your online portfolio connects to the job you’re applying for. Again, include only what’s necessary. A messy header makes it easier for hiring managers to proceed to the next candidate. Make your header visually appealing yet easy to read and understand.
This is where you’ll write an overview of your history or expertise. You can leave out an objective; your profile will contain information describing how the company will benefit from you and your skills.
Make sure to finish this section first before jumping to the next one. This is where you can really highlight your skills and sell your personal brand, which will be supported by specifics in your document. To make writing up this section easier, list all your specifics first, then summarize everything you have included.
This is an important section for those who’ve just graduated from college. An education can get you in the door if you don’t have much experience in the field.
In this section, list all knowledge, related coursework and projects that are in line with what the company needs or requires of you. Include the degree you have earned, and the school’s name, together with the city and state. (There is no need to include the exact address of the school.)
Create a Clear Outline of Your Professional Experience
For each relevant job you’ve held (or every job you’ve held, if you’re creating a template to work from), write down your position title, company name and the company’s location. If you have a good employment record with just one company, list the years you’ve worked there. If you don’t have a solid work history, use both the month and year.
Make sure to include the results you’ve brought for the companies you’ve worked for. Recruiters are looking for what candidates can contribute to a company’s growth and bottom line.