Your resume offers you a chance to market your skills, abilities, accomplishments and experience. A good resume defines your qualifications as a job candidate and provides the hiring manager with a favorable first impression of you.
Starting your resume
Regardless of the position you are posting for, the starting points for preparing your resume are the same.
- Decide which job or types of jobs interest you and look into the qualifications and responsibilities of those positions.
- Think about what makes you a good candidate for the job and list the skills you possess that are relevant to the job.
- Highlight accomplishments and experiences that show you are proficient in the skills required for the job.
- Summarize your skills, accomplishments and abilities to a concise, brief document.
Elements of you resume
Unless asked to provide additional information, limit what you provide to these categories:
- Personal Information (Be sure to include your contact information.)
- Job Objective
- Qualifications and Specialized Skills
- Work Experience
- Organizational Affiliations, Community Service and Professional Memberships
Review the final product for correct spelling, appropriate grammar, and typing mistakes prior to submitting it to prospective employers. Even the smallest mistakes may make an employer pause and question your attention to detail.