Resume Writing Help
Knowing how to write a resume does not require you to be a genius; all you need to do is simply go through a few sample resumes, study couple of resume templates available either through MS Office or other text editing software, and (most importantly) also consult working professionals currently employed in the job market. The reason you want to ensure that you consult working professionals is so that they can update you about current recruitment trends & the prevalent resume patterns.
So before becoming comfortable with knowing how to write a resume, you need to first understand the purpose resumes are used for and secondly, the various components that go into building a resume; there are particular elements & divisions you need to be aware of. Therefore, my approach in teaching you the proper method is going to be quite simple; we will draft a small document in exactly the same manner & sequence that a resume format should follow. As an added assistance, I shall also guide you on how to write a resume cover letter at the end because it – the Cover Letter – also plays a pivotal role in you landing the job you are going after.
Using the drift to a sample of a resume, we will make ourselves become familiarized with how to write a simple resume. Give or take a few specimens that could vary due to the industry or professional an individual might be involved in, almost all resume examples have a common flow, headings, subtitles & introductory notes (Cover Letter) attached to them.
Headings to Appear on a Resume
Write your name on the top of the page; highly recommended you write name in full as it appears on your Identity Card. Unless you are applying for a creative work related field such as photography, modeling, or graphic designing, it is ok to punch in your “artistic title” along with the name as well. For example, Raphael Lorenzo – a made up artist – can either choose to write his name in that same manner (Raphael Lorenzo) or he may choose to ink his artistic pseudo like RaphEnzo; the freedom is yours to play with; just utilize and use it wisely & appropriately.
Plug in your complete physical mailing address, your home Landline number, the cell number you carry with you at all times, the primary email ID you use for official correspondence (considering how many employees have lost their jobs due to this blunder, it is greatly advised to NOT have the same ID for Facebook & official correspondence at the same time); and, if you choose to, you may even add a URL leading to your LinkedIn profile page. However, with the last one, be sure to include that piece of info only if it does not make the text appear to be all cluttered & a disaster for the eyes to read
Following the contact info, be sure to be very vivid about the reason you are applying for the particular advertised job. (We’ll discuss this in just a few more minutes).
Personal Traits & Qualities
this does not necessarily have to be there every single time; BUT, only if time & space permit it, then go ahead and mention those personality traits & qualities that you deem the employer would seek for in a prospect applying to be hired such as confident, excellent presentation skills, team player, punctual, ability to deliver within strong deadlines etc.
Starting from the most recent employment engagement to the earliest one, list down all the places you have worked for, in which capacity, for how long of a duration, how many people did your supervise or manage if you had a team of your own, and the roles & responsibilities of each designation at every firm you worked at.
List down all the degrees, diplomas, and certifications you have completed. Mention the starting & ending date for each and also the final grade or CGPA you graduated with. It is perfectly alright to mention degrees you are currently enrolled in but will be graduating in a few months down the road. Furthermore, this is the part where you definitely want to highlight your academic achievements e.g. “Graduated after being awarded the Honor Roll on the Dean’s List”
Mention any & all professional organizations, clubs & societies you are a member of. For e.g. “Founder of the Math is Cool (MIC) Club” or “Lifelong member of the American Marketing Association (AMA)”
So now that you have already embarked on the journey to learn on how to write a resume for a job, the first & foremost piece of document you will need is a cover letter. A cover letter is a synopsis – usually ¾ to at most 1 A4 page in length – of your employment history, academic qualifications, and milestones worth mentioning that will lure the recruiter to keep moving forward to reading your actual resume. Therefore, follow the below stated text
How to Write a Resume Cover Letter
Please find here my application for the position of [Designation] at your esteemed organization. Attached to this application is a copy of resume which highlights my work experience, academic credentials and career milestones.
I am currently employed by [Current Employer] in the capacity of [Your current designation title (example: Customer Care Supervisor]. This current role of mine requires me to:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of Call Center operations, specialized call routing, automated scheduling and service level standards
- Responding to over 200 phone and e-mail requests on a daily basis with 95% accuracy
- Acting as a mentor for new employees; including computer & phone training, customer response demos & rebuttals, and company overviews
- Taking the lead on assisting other associates with questions, concerns & queries in the supervisor’s absence
I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA Honors) in 2008 and am now in the process of attaining a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in HRM.
You will see from my resume that my skills & abilities run in parallel to the demands of your esteemed organization. Keeping your busy schedule in perspective, I greatly welcome the opportunity to be called in for an interview so that I may exhibit my skills in-person.
How to Write a Resume Objective
The objective is your reason for applying for a particular mentioned job vacancy advertisement. For some, the objective could be as simple as wanting to land a job in the case that he or she is employed. However, on the flipside of the coin, some who is already employed and is applying for a vacancy is clearly looking to make a career jump. His or her objective would resonate something like”
”Seeking a challenging position which utilizes my current accumulate expertise and puts them to better & enhanced use for mutual gains and optimal performance”
With these key tips engraved inside your head, writing a resume will never ever seem like a challenging task to you. In fact, you will have people walking up to you to seeking tips on how to write a resume advice, a high school graduated possibly inquiring how to write a resume for college, or even a university/college grad wanting to know about how to write a student resume.
As I stated earlier, knowing how to write a resume does not require you to be genius. But it definitely does demand your focus & attention; not to mention unleashing your creativity a little bit to ensure the resume layout appears appealing to the eyes and makes your potential-future-boss want to go through it!