by Crown Financial Ministries
Writing a resumé
A resumé provides a well-thought-out, concise picture of you, the job seeker, and is often the first impression an employer gets. It needs to communicate quickly, clearly, and accurately your objective, qualifications, experience, credentials, and accomplishments.
Seek assistance from others who will be honest, yet complimentary. Ask people who review resumés in their job. A professional resumé writer will never ask for full payment in advance of satisfactory completion.
Writing your resumé
- Keep it brief to important facts and relevant details – selling your abilities and skills within the first five to 20 seconds. Keep it to one page or two pages at most.
- Your resumé should identify you, emphasise your special points, highlight your achievements, the end result of your activities and contributions, and indicate the techniques and processes you are an expert at implementing. Don't downplay your achievements.
- Talk about your most recent jobs first and more than earlier jobs.
- Avoid overemphasising your educational background. If you have been out of school for more than five years, your resumé should be weighted in the direction of work experience and accomplishments.
- Avoid gaps between employment dates. List jobs by year, not by month and year, and give a reason for periods of unemployment.
- Avoid dramatic or fancy type of styling. Avoid coloured paper other than white, grey or cream.
The following are things that you definitely need to include in your resumé.
- Name, current address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
- Career or position objective
- Summary. This includes non-skilled attributes and strengths, as well as professional skills, abilities, and experience.
- Professional experience. Show dates (reverse order from present), name of company, job title, and job description (responsibilities, duties, achievements, and contributions).
- Education. Name of institution, degree(s) earned, year(s) attended, and special honours, awards, or recognition.
- Other (if room is available). These would include professional memberships, civic or social memberships, awards, honours, publications, and accomplishments.
A resumé simply provides the opportunity for a personal employment interview. For that reason, the development of a quality resumé is one of the most important aspects of a job search.