The goal of writing any resume is to catch the eyes and attention of a potential employer who will be compelled to hire an applicant. Just like in advertising where a product is being displayed in its best light to attract customers, so too should an applicant attempt to appear enticing as a potential employee. Follow these simple steps to effectively write receptionist resumes:
Things You Will Need
A little time spent at the computer as well as a little research is all you need.
If you don't already have an old resume to use as a template or guide, you will have to start writing your receptionist resumes from scratch. Use a font face that is easy to read and appropriate in size. Arial font or Times New Roman with a size of 12 point is just fine and very common. Do not use a font face that looks strange or avant garde. The applicant's name listed at the top should not be any larger than approximately 16 point, but that is a personal preference point that should be carefully considered.
Current applicant contact information should be centered at the top of the page and must include first and last name, full address including state and zip code, a phone number or cell phone number, a fax number if applicable, and a working email address.
Next, write a short and precise "Objective" of the job search. (Objective and each subsequent section should be in boldface type.) To effectively write receptionist resumes, for example, the objective should clearly state, "Objective: To obtain a position as a receptionist that utilizes my excellent communication skills and ten years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry." The key is to be as specific and relevant to the potential employer's industry as possible but at the time same time being as concise as possible to keep his or her attention.
A "Skills" section should be included in any resume. To write receptionist resumes, one should obviously emphasize superior communication skills. If a job description is available, it should be read very carefully so that the resume can be crafted to closely match the employer's needs. If the employer has a website, thorough research of the employer's business should be undertaken and accounted for when writing the resume. Include "hard" skills such as typing ability, computer programs knowledge, 10-key speed, etc., as well as "soft skills," which might include multi-tasking ability, ability to deal with difficult people, ability to adapt to constantly changing priorities, etc.
The "Experience" section is the next section. List all of your experience starting with the most recent. Include volunteer experience if applicable. Be sure to include your position title, the dates you worked for the employer, at least the city and state where the employer was located, and the duties you performed. Be sure to include the most important duties performed and exclude less important duties or job tasks or those that are not relevant to the job that is being sought. Explain any gaps in employment and be honest! Double-space between each job.
The education section should be included next. Include college, vocational school, high school, and any other special training you have received, particularly if it is relevant to the position.
Finally, indicate that references are available upon request. Be sure to have a separate references page available with names and phone numbers. References should never be family members or personal friends, but rather colleagues or co-workers with whom one has actually worked.
By following these steps, receptionist resumes are much easier to write and will paint a clear, favorable picture of the applicant.
Tips & Warnings
Keep the resume to one page! Time is money and potential employers will pass over the "novels" for the concise, right-to-the-point receptionist resumes!