As an experienced recruiter, I have been asked by many people how to write a good resume. I’ll share some of the points here that I use to teach people effective resume writing. This list will be revised from time to time to add relevant information. I recommend that you bookmark this page and return periodically to read new updates.
Why do we need a resume?
First of all, your resume is a tool to help you throughout in your career. You use a resume for job hunting, promoting yourself in certain social events, filling places for a course, and establishing your credibility in a particular field.
Since it is intended for others to understand and evaluate you against others, it has to be competitive in the sense that you are trying to distinguish yourself from others.
Should we write a short or a long resume?
The best resumes are short and concise. The people who will use your resume are not people looking to read a novel. They are looking to quickly learn about your qualities in order to answer their questions about you – and they want it fast! So you have to anticipate what their questions will be before you write your resume. If you do not know what they are looking for, you can never write a good resume.
How do we write a good resume?
Resume writing has to be specific and targeted for a particular purpose. That means you have to know your audience when writing.
How do I begin?
Begin with your name and contact methods.
Should I include a photo in my resume?
It depends. If you think you are good looking, do include one. If you think that a picture would discriminate you from others, then do not include one. In general, in my experience as a recruiter I am usually more impressed with resumes that include photos because it helps me remember a stranger better. Place your bet!
Should I include information such as sex, age, etc.?
It depends. Some countries prohibit employers from soliciting this information during recruitment because it is a type of discrimination. But if you think you are at an advantage by providing this unsolicited information (for instance, if it’s obvious that your mature age will help in securing a higher chance of further interviews for a job requiring long management experience), then by all means provide this.
What is a career objective?
This is the section of your resume that comes right after your contact information. Write about how your career direction coincides with what the audience is looking for. Try to write your objective based on your past, present, and future goals. Demonstrate how you grew from (something) in the past to (something advanced) in the present, and how you are looking to attain certain future goals by shooting for (something even more advanced) now and in the future.
For example: "Having worked for the past six years as an office administrator, I completed a part-time college degree and am now pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration. I am looking to advance my career as a competent office administration manager by taking part in soft skills training such as presentation and leadership skills. I am seeking a new job challenge that allows me to work in a managerial role in which I will have the opportunity to lead people in accomplishing various and challenging office administration responsibilities."
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