The Effective Resume

The resume is first impression employers have of a potential employee. One must be sure that their resume is well written, with the correct grammar. With the large number of applicants that apply, you will not have much time to make the best impression.  A bad resume can eliminate you right into the discard resume pile, before even having a chance to interview.

The resume gives the employer an almost complete history of who you are.  This should always start with pertinent information, with the person’s name, address, email address, and contact number.  This information is how the employer will contact you for an interview, so make sure it’s totally correct.

You should then add a career objective to the resume. If written well, a career objective will get the positive attention of the person in charge of hiring for the position.  It should be a few sentences telling the employer what knowledge, skills, and abilities you have that will help the company meet its goals.

The next section of the resume should be your work experience. You should include your relevant work experience and related knowledge.  List each job chronologically, while highlighting major duties and accomplishments you have had at each job. This information will by key to the prospective employer reviewing your resume.  Work experience will be one of the most important parts of your resume, and will be the key factor in getting a chance to interview for the position.

After that, the resume should list your educational background.  Some companies prefer someone with a degree in a certain field, a licensed professional to do the job or one who possesses a master’s degree.  By showing one’s qualifications, it is a good indicator of the type of training one has completed in school and the accomplishments one has achieved in the course of one’s career.

The last section should provide miscellaneous details such as activities, interests, hobbies, special skills, and finally character references.  Employers look at potential applicants who not only have the credentials for the job but also those who also those who are well rounded. Being active in a certain organization and be seen as a leader in a group shows one’s social skills with others. Try and give at least three solid character references. You may list your character references on a separate sheet, or just list “references upon request”, on the bottom of your resume. These references will prospective employers a person to contact who can help confirm your character and information portrayed on your resume.

There is no perfect resume, but you must put the effort in to develop the best one you can. It is a critical step one must pass before being called for that first interview.

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