So you’re finally ready to take on your dream job, to get more of the real world and fend for yourself fully. You’ve gone through more than a decade of schooling, have developed a good enough network of people from former employers and have the confidence to come up to someone and say “hire me!” Now this would work if you were in an ideal world. But, unfortunately, you’re not. Chances are if you’re just like everyone else, the first weapon that you will have to have in facing the trials of job hunting is your resume.
Writing a resume is normally not a very easy task. There really is an art or science to it. People make the mistake of thinking that as long as you put in all the information about oneself then that’s good enough. However, you need to carefully plan what to put in your resume, and even how you present that information is also vital in making sure that your resume grabs as much attention as it can from the start.
Here are the basics, the essentials and what people will normally want and expect to see in your resume:
• Contact Info
• Photo (not necessary, but this helps a potential employer identify you)
After these, there are the other supposed basics that you have to include, if they apply.
• Working Experience
• Educational Attainment
Then there are the skill sets, which are the qualifications you have that will help your potential employer determine if you are a good candidate for hiring. This would also help them compare you with the other aspiring applicants who might be vying for the same position.
Now that you know what to include in your resume, it’s also important to figure out how to put them down. Here are the three common ways to list the most important part of your resume, the work experience.
By reverse chronology - This is the most commonly used form of listing information, primarily because it is the easiest to do. It’s basically just presenting your professional experience listed from the most recent down to the first. This is also the most effective of all three listing methods all because it builds credibility by showcasing the improvements of the jobs that a person has built up over the years, and it also puts in the forefront the most recent job that you hold.
By function or industry - This listing method segregates your professional experience according to the job type or industry you’ve worked in. Here, you need to separate the positions and companies according to the different categories that they fall in. This is appropriate if you’re applying for a job in an industry different from the one you are currently in.
Or you can actually combine these two. This might result in a longer list, however.
Lastly, before sending a resume to companies, you might want to customize it for that particular company or industry. For instance, if you’re applying in an IT company, you might want to highlight your IT-related experience. Same goes if you’re applying in other industries.
As long as you’re armed with a rightly made resume than you can be confident that you have gained a good head start already. Be optimistic, as a positive attitude will help you through your job search.