As we finish up our schooling and begin to go on the job hunt, there are a few things we will need. There’s how to fill out an application, how to dress for an interview, how to write a cover letter, and, as we will zero in on in this article, how to write a resume. Resumes are one of the only ways to impress your interviewer and prospective employer. Essentially, resumes are reasons why you are qualified for the job – whether it be through experience, education, or just plain skill that you’ve acquired.
There are certain formats you may want to follow in your resume. You can find examples of resume formats here, but here is a general template of how it can be:
- Name and information (address, phone number, e-mail)
- Objective (a one or two sentence summary of what you wish to accomplish)
- Work Experience (containing the company name, address, job title, responsibilities, and the date you started and finished)
- Volunteer or Community Service Experience (containing facility name, address, job title, responsibilities, and the date you started and finished)
- Education (containing school name, address, major, GPA, and dates, or expected graduation date if you have not graduated already)
- Skills (abilities you have acquired that give you an advantage over other prospective employees)
- Certifications (if you have any, such as a CPR/First Aid certification, or, for example, Microsoft Excel)
- References (those who you have designated your prospective employer can call if they are inquiring about you and your character)
In writing resumes, you should tailor it to the job you’re trying to acquire. If it’s a food industry job you’re looking for, you’ll want to tailor your resume to food industries. You may want to Google examples of the resumes in question. The skills you may have or experience may not even pertain to food service, however, you will want to point out the responsibilities you have had in a way that is pertinent to the job. For example, using your community service in janitorial services can proclaim how hard-working and dedicated you are, no matter how mundane the task.
Using “buzz words” to emphasize your resume is key. At the end of the day, you may be one of twenty applicants for a position. To make yourself memorable, you will want to make your resume stand out. Using words that show description and action, among other things, may make or break you in your endeavors for a job. For example, using words like “executed” instead of “carry out” gives you an advantage. In the same way, you don’t want to go to your thesaurus and just find a better, more intellectual sounding word to spice up your resume. There is a big difference between using “executed” to describe a task, and using “assassinated.” You may just be the object of giggles if you were to do something like that.
If worse comes to worst, you can always ask an experienced person how they wrote their resume and if they could help you with yours. At the end of the day, if you’re too proud to ask for help, you may just miss out on a job opportunity.