Creating a resume is an important life skill that sadly, is not taught in most schools. The resume is the only way a company can assess your skills and competencies and consider whether or not you can be a possible asset or future employee. Thus, careers can theoretically begin or end based on the quality of the resume. Most employers look through hundreds of resumes: you should have one that stands out in order to have even the smallest iota of comparative advantage over your competitors for the position. Here are some things that you should keep in mind when creating your functional resume.
- Make sure to include all the basic information about you. Your resume should contain your picture, your contact information, your objectives, your particular skills, your educational background, and your work experience. This is the bare minimum of information that you should put. While it is tempting to put as many awards as possible, remember that if you over clutter the resume, chances are the employer will be confused and throw away your resume. Make it as efficient and as elegant as possible, and focus on the skills and attributes that make you an attractive an employee as possible.
- Contact Information: this should include your name in big and bold letters, your address, your home and mobile phone number, as well as your email. Some people do not bother listing their home and mobile numbers, but it is best for you to at least give them a number they can contact. For email, make sure you choose the most formal email that you have. firstname.lastname@example.org sounds a lot more credible that w1n0r0cK3Rzzz4eva@slaytanikkmuzzixxx.com you made back in college. If you are currently employed NEVER use your company email.
- Objective: this is purely optional. If you are not confident about what you write, don’t place anything, as it will end up looking like clutter. Your objective should state what kind of work you are looking for and what purpose you would like to achieve. Don’t give generic motherhood statements. Be as specific as possible, and try to give a strong and dynamic vibe through the choice of words.
- Skills: This should be front and center, the most important part of any resume. List the different skills you have in clear bullet points NOT paragraph form. When listing down skills, you will have to use words that make them sound as impressive as possible. This is the only chance you have to make an impact on the employer skimming through your resume, so don’t mess it up! When writing your resume, keep it functional by tailoring your skill set to the job you want as well as the company you’re applying for. Don’t make the mistake of giving stock resumes to random companies. That won’t work.
- Education: list your educational background here, focus on your academic achievements and where you received them. If you have received additional training, make sure to list it as well. It will make you sound more credible and more well-rounded.
- Work experience: be as simple and concise as possible here. Place your former position, your company and the dates of employment. You may have to include references, so choose people with whom you’ve had a good working relation with.
NEVER PUT ANYTHING FALSE! Each item on your resume is a potential interview question. Be prepared to back it up or to explain each item in front of your potential employer.