November 6, 2007

The Basics ... Creating a resume

It's time! That's right, resume time!

And so I've created a sample resume for you to see what the basic components are. This type of resume is known as a combination resume, as it 'combines' a brief list of your skills as well as details on your previous work experiences.

Please feel free to download this template,which can easily be recreated in a word processor.

And just so you know, I still use this type of resume ... I find it works best for me!

1) First things first! Put your name, address, phone number and e-mail address at the top in the centre of the page. Make your name stand out by putting it in bold

2) Objective: Keep it short and simple. Go with "To obtain a [name of the job you want] position with [name of store/company you are applying to]"

3) Skills: List 3 to 5 of your best skills that relate to the job you're applying for. They could be anything from the computer software you know to the languages you speak to how many years you've worked in the industry

4) Education: Put your school and what grade you're in. And if you've won any awards, feel free to list a few here.
5) Previous Experience - this is the meat of your resume. Start with your most recent job, put the name of the company, the city it's located in, your position, and when you started and ended there. Then list 3-5 of your job duties. Make sure each of your duties starts with a verb as it makes it sound more dynamic

6) Activities: This is space-filler that lets the employer know more about you. List some clubs or organizations that you belong to. Or, if you'd prefer, instead of "Activities" list your "Interests" - but be careful, being too honest like saying your like to "hang out" could lead to your resume going straight to the NO pile

7) References: Do not put your references on your resume. Just put, "References available upon request" at the bottom of your resume. It's much easier and this gives you the opportunity to ask your references for permission to give an employer their contact information.

1 comment:

Zain @ Resume said...

Very well said but If a reference list is not requested, it is often wise to end a drafted resume with the words "References Available Upon Request". This gives the employer or hiring manager the option to ask for more information, if needed.