A really great résumé is priceless. On second thought, it does have a price and that price is a lifetime at your dream job. At the end of the day what makes a résumé stand out is time and effort, employers can tell if you put time into it. No matter what position you are applying for, a polished résumé shows your prospective employer that you have work ethic and forethought. So start now, whether or not you are currently looking for work.
Write your résumé with a specific position in mind. Before you start, take the time to write down the qualities and characteristics the employer is looking for, list your own strongest qualities and see where they overlap. Start thinking about what past experiences or positions you’ve held that can help you demonstrate these qualities on paper.
Résumés have many sections, think about the employer and what they want you to show them. Education and work experience are standard but you may want to include a highlights list, or sections on extra-curricular activities, volunteer experience, community involvement, leadership experience, language, computer, or work skills, or interests and hobbies.
Use these guidelines to create a résumé that reflects you at your best.
- Be clear and concise.
- After you have the basics be creative and make it your own.There is no one way to make a great resume.
- Add certificates, training programs, internships, or relevant courses.
- If you don’t have a lot of experience you can add school projects.
- When writing about your experience, organize the information so it’s most interesting to the reader.
- When describing your experience demonstrate what you’ve learned and accomplished using action verbs.
- Make sure you include transferable skills, not just tasks (e.g. initiative, team work, problem solving).