Today I want to share with you some things you should always remember creating your Resume. The list is not short but I have tried to create a concise summary for you and it turned to be an article. Let’s understand first, what exactly is a Resume.
A résumé is a summary of your skills, accomplishments, and history as it relates to a potential job. The resume showcases your abilities and how your background has prepared you to move forward with a new position. It is a powerful selling tool you use to get an interview. Employers may receive hundreds or even thousands of résumés for a particular job. The résumé may be the first document an employer sees about you. If a job does not require an application, your résumé may be the only information an employer sees. And an employer may see that information for a very short time. On average, employers scan résumés for about 20 seconds to determine whether or not candidates are worth a more thorough reading. Twenty seconds to make a positive impression!
So, what it is to Remember creating Resume?
What is a CV Book?
I suggest to my clients to have one secret file that I call a CV Book. A CV book usually is being created before your CV. It includes all of your professional experiences, lists of different skills separated by areas or types, volunteering experiences, certifications, achievements, etc. Everything!
This file no one is going to see as it is but in case you need to fill in a form with your recent experience or someone is asking for your thesis title, it is a massive tool you can pick all necessary information from.
Once you created your CV Book, it is important to have someone to help you to specifically craft your future CV to fit the role requirements you consider applying for. And I only say that because it is hard to critically look at your own achievements and experiences and to see how they match certain roles.
What Should I include on my Resume?
- Internships – If you took part in internships and the experience was directly related to your job target.
- Skills – Make a list of your skills, or refer to any skills assessment tests you completed. Skills can also serve as keywords. If you have skills related to a specific career you are targeting, consider incorporating them in the first section of the resume (see the information on how to present information in the top third of the resume). If you include a keyword summary, you can include specific skills there as well.
- Certifications/Training/Professional Training/Licenses – Many specialized degrees and related jobs require certification or training above and beyond one’s degree. If you hold certifications that add credibility to your standing, include them on the resume (but only if they support your candidacy – many people have outdated or current certifications that are no longer relevant to the types of positions they are currently pursuing).
- Computer Skills/Technical – listing basic computer knowledge such as Microsoft Office lets the employer know that you are capable of using a computer which is essential in this new digital era. For jobs that require an intimate knowledge of advanced or specialized computer software, be sure to include this on your resume. If you are seeking technical positions, list all of the languages and programs you know that are still relevant.
- Work History/Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Organisations – Any involvement in professional organizations related to your target job can be included on your resume. Mention what your duties are or were in the action verbs in the past tense. Here is the list of verbs you can use.
- Volunteer/Activities/Collegiate Activities/Leadership Positions/Community Involvement
- Academic Honours/Awards – Listing academic honours can be particularly useful for those continuing in or entering education fields. Although this information may be useful for other fields as well.
- Interests/Personal – You can include personal interests to support your job search if they have a direct relation to the job you are seeking. If golfing is one of your hobbies and you are seeking a position as the landscaper of a golf course, this information would be relevant.
- References – As with personal information, there was a time when references were either added to the resume. Or the standard line of “references available upon request” was included toward the bottom. Listing references is no longer a common practice; it is generally assumed that a candidate will be able to provide such a list if necessary.