When you prepare your resume
for your job search, you want to be sure that you are putting your best foot forward. After all, your resume is a
big part of the first impression you
make on potential employers.
Typically, a resume is one to two pages
long. (Under certain circumstances they can be longer.) You may want to review several model resumes and base
yours on your favorite ones.
At the top of the resume
you will want to list your name,
and contact information (including your email address, as
that is how many employers like to get in touch with people these days.
Following your contact information, you will want to get into the body of the
resume. Some people, though not all,
include a section about their career
goals and objectives.
This is generally followed by a section
about your professional experience, your educational background, your
affiliations, awards and achievements,
volunteer experience and references.
flexibility, but this is a pretty standard
set-up for a typical resume.) It's
important to keep a professional tone throughout and not to use language that is
Again, it is
optional to include a career objective. If you choose
to do so, you will want to keep it
brief, concise and ultra focused. Thissection should
indicate how you want to proceed in your career, how you see
yourself progressing in
coming years. When listing your jobs,
start with your current (or most recent) job first
and explain your specific duties using
bullet points. Include the time
frame of your employment for each job. Be accurate and truthful. Do the same for your educational section.
Include your GPA and your years of
attendance in college, graduate school
and any relevant training programs.
Remember that it is
very easy for potential employers to check on the details
that you provide in your resume,
which means that it behooves you to be completely truthful in all of the
information that you provide. You don't want to get caught in a lie. Your
integrity is on the line and
potential employers only want to
hire honorable individuals. Don't embellish or stretch the truth because it might come back to bite you if you take that approach.
Remember, you are using
your resume to create that all
important first impression on
potential employers. If your resume is clean
clear, crisp, concise and truthful, this
will go a long way toward creating a positive
first impression. It's
all about getting your foot in the door.