In most cases, your resume is the first thing employers will see when you apply for a job.
It is a great way to market yourself and show what you could bring to a company.
Here are some helpful tips on how to write the perfect resume.
Keep the formatting simple
Make sure your resume is easy to look at and read. Keep the font at a reasonable size and use a font that is easy to read, such as Arial or Times New Roman. It is ok to use colour to make certain parts of your resume stand out, but try and avoid colours that are too flashy and hard to read, such as yellow or bright pink.
Also, try and keep your resume to one page front and back. You can change the margins of the document, but make sure you leave some room around the edge of the paper. If an employer can’t read your resume, they won’t reach out to you about the job.
Finally, make sure you list your name and contact details clearly at the top of your resume, including your phone number, email address and mailing address.
Build your “Work Experience”
Under “Work Experience,” list past jobs you have had, starting with the most recent. List the company name, location, dates and title you held. Make a short list with bullet points of the tasks you did or responsibilities you had so they can understand what you did there, as well as any skills you had in that position that show off your strengths.
Include your “Education’
Under “Education,” list all schools or colleges you have graduated from, the certificate/diploma/degree you received and the year you received it in. Additionally, you can list out any classes you have taken to receive specific certifications.
List your additional skills
List technical skills that are unique or relevant to the job you are applying to. If you know multiple languages, belong to organisations or have done any significant or relevant volunteer work, include those here. These will help you stand out and make you more memorable to an employer.
Towards the end of your resume, you can add a section for references. These are people who can vouch for your work skills and ethic. If you don’t have room to list the contact information of multiple people, you can simply put “References available upon request.”
There are many different formats and styles to making resumes, and there is no right or wrong way to build yours. Just remember, tailor your skills and experience to the job you are applying for and don’t be afraid to make yourself unique!