Where to begin?
Your contact information: Make sure this is current, includes an email address and reliable phone number, and above all, is ACCURATE!
This part should be an expression of the image you want to create – the font, size and formatting depend on your preferences, but should be easy to read, professional looking, and something that can be sent easily online or by email.
Make your name PROMINENT
An OBJECTIVE Statement? Some say yes, some say no!
Here’s why I say YES!: Once you write a clear objective statement, the rest is easy, both for you and the reader. It’s clear what you are looking for – and why – and it tempts the reader to go further (gets them engaged).
Think hand and glove: what do you want and how does it fit their needs? Identify the fit by researching their needs and explaining what you offer them in terms of training or interest.
QUALIFICATIONS and EDUCATION?
Here’s where you show that you have the necessary skills, training and knowledge to do the job.
What counts here is your degree focus, not so much the school, unless of course you’re applying to a place that specifically wanted someone from MHC!
If you need a strong GPA for the job, provide your ‘best GPA’ – cumulative or major GPA, depending on which is stronger and more relevant.
List special academic achievements, presentations, coursework or honors, including scholarships.
List relevant certifications or other proficiencies, languages, etc.
Bachelor of Science, Major: Zoology.
STRENGTHS & ATTRIBUTES:
Here you could list special strengths or desirable attributes that you offer, such as:
Highly motivated, willing team participant, goal oriented, use initiative, excellent time management, skilled mediator, innovative, …brilliant, beautiful, magnetic, totally awesome (NOT the last 4!!!!!!)
EXPERIENCE: Where do I put all my volunteer work? What about my paid work?
By all means, it’s all experience, so list it all here, BUT:
- List in order of relevance
- Reverse chronological order – most recent first
- Omit those things that don’t seem helpful, and include them under a new heading of OTHER EXPERIENCE
- Say what you did in each position, role or place!
- Use active verb tense, present or past
- Indicate outcomes, results, etc. where possible
- Use power words – consult lists of keywords and buzz words for effective resumes
SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES:
Here’s where you can add all those awesome things you want to but weren’t sure where they would go, or that weren’t as relevant as the stuff above.
Don’t include ‘red flag’ items – things that may tempt them to discriminate against you, or are too personal.