How to Prepare Your Resume

12/18/2013

A resume is a description of your educational background, working experience, skills, and qualifications. You use it to advertise yourself to companies so that they will hire you. A well-prepared resume will help you get hired faster than others.

Here are some tips on how to prepare a resume.


1. Format your resume well. The first thing that employers see on your resume is its format. A well-formatted resume will increase employers' willingness to read it. Use conventional font and font size for your resume. Times New Roman is the classic font used in most documents. However, if you really want to use a different one, you may choose Arial or Calibri. Use size 12 for the body and size 14 or 16 for your headings. Also, make your headings bold so that it will be easy for the employers to find the information they want. Avoid using several colors of text and prevent links from appearing blue by deactivating the hyperlink in your resume. A well-formatted resume could reveal how organized you are.


2.  Make a complete heading. The heading contains your contact details so make sure that all the information that you provide is correct. Remember that employers will use the address or number in your resume to contact you for further information. Your heading must include your name, your email address, your address, your mobile phone number, and your landline number if you have.


3. Set up your page properly.  Margin is two inches on the left and one inch on the right, and one inch top and bottom. Leave single space for heading and for the body, while double space in between paragraphs.


4. Choose the best layout. You can opt for a reversed chronological layout, functional layout or a combination of both. For the reversed chronological resume, list down first your job history, starting from the most recent job you have to the earliest. Opposite each job position, write the inclusive years as well as name and address of the company. Mention important achievements you have had, for example, getting an award or a promotion.


Next to job history, list your educational background. Begin with your latest schooling. Indicate the inclusive years of your enrolment, the name of the school, the courses you enrolled in, your date of graduation and the number of units you acquired. Include whatever awards you had received as a student, extra curricular activities, and clubs or organizations that you joined.


Then, list your references. People who know how you work are your best references. They are your former (or current) employers, managers, or supervisors.  If you have no working experience at present, your professors and dean at university/college/school are the best ones to write reference letters for you.


If you are using the functional layout, start with your educational background first and add your job experience below. The purpose of doing this is to make the employers see your skills and achievements as a student to impress them, considering that you have a short career history yet.


5. Use specific job descriptions when writing previous job positions. This will show to the employers things that you can do.


6. Include words related to the job position advertised. Nowadays, employers have data bases of applicants and the resumes are filtered before they reach the hands of the employers. By including a word related to the job post, there is a bigger chance that your resume will be seen by the employers.

Now try making a resume that can land you a job by using these tips!


If you still have questions, you may take an online resume writing class on Acadsoc.

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