Frustrated about what should and shouldn’t go on your resume? It’s imperative to tailor your resume to each job application; highlighting your accomplishments, skills, and abilities relevant to the job. Your resume must grab the reader’s attention in under 8 seconds. I provide insight on how to develop your resume so it works for you!
Free Resume Tips & FAQs
- What is the purpose of a resume? To gain the reader’s attention so they contact you for an interview.
- How many pages should a resume be? A resume should be 1-2 pages; never more than 2 pages.
- What are the components of a resume? Contact Information, Branded Headline, Summary Statement, Relevant Skills, Work Experience, and Education.
- What are optional sections of a resume? Awards are commonly seen on a resume – they can be listed as a separate section or can be included as a bullet point statement under the job in the Work Experience section. Volunteer Experience is another section that can be added towards the bottom of your resume. Employers like seeing you are actively involved in your community. Many employers today encourage community service as part of their company culture – giving back and supporting local communities where they do business. Volunteer experience is another area where you can highlight your skills.
- What is a CV and when is it used in place of a resume? CV stands for curriculum vitae. This is a lengthier document than a resume. It emphasizes academic accomplishments and is seen in academia, fellowships, and in fields such as science and law.
- What’s the difference between Chronological, Functional, and Combination resume formats? Chronological is the most common format which lists your experience in reverse order (most recent first). Functional format focuses on transferrable skills rather than job titles and dates. It is commonly used with career changers; people who may have gaps in their work history; and with new college graduates with little or no work experience. Combination is a mix of chronological and functional formats – focusing on both your skills and work experience. This format tends to be used by job seekers switching into a new industry.
- What are key words? They are the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the job description. Hiring managers are looking for key words when they scan your resume to determine if you are a qualified candidate for the job
- What should I not include on my resume? Personal information such as age, gender, marital status, family information, physical street address, and photo (unless applying for job in an industry where a photo is required as part of the resume and application).
- Common resume mistakes. Typos and grammatical errors; No key words; Sloppy format; No accomplishment/results-oriented statements; and lying.
- Should references be included on my resume? No, it’s not part of your resume. References are a separate document and should be submitted to the employer when requested.
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