Your resume is your first introuduciton to employers.
You always want to put your best foot forward, but there are so many different ways to organize your resume.
Which one do you choose?
How do you decide what you should include in your resume and what you should leave out?
The resumes below are good places to start if you have had work experience, but are still new to the workforce
When creating your resume, consider the impression that your email will leave on employers.
jason’firstname.lastname@example.org might be well and good for signing up for social media, but not so much for applying for jobs.
If you are unsure about the professional nature of your email, create a new one just for your job search.
email@example.com looks much nicer on a resume.
Setting up an email account solely for your job search will also help to keep you organized and lower the chances that you will miss out on an opportunity.
Why have one?
It gives you a slight edge over other applicants.
This is where you can craft a creative take on a “common” professional skill.
During my time in HR, I read thousands upon thousands of resumes. And you know what most of them had in common?
The skills list.
Most job seekers include customer service and communication as their best skills.
These skills are not only common, but they are also broad.
A professional summary allows you to explain what your best skill is and why you are the best at it.
What is it about your customer service skills that differ from your counterparts?
Maybe you are great at remembering names and that helps customers warm up to you.
Maybe you have a bubbly personality and most people tend to like and trust you.
But keep it short.
Remember, the person looking at your resume has probably looked at a hundred before it, and will surely look at a hundred more.
Be memorable. but don’t ramble.
You can expand further during your interview.
You might think that your employment history alone is enough.
But, the title of your job doesn’t tell the hiring manager about you as an employee.
Let’s say that you are an associate at a clothing store.
“Retail Associate” doesn’t tell employers about how you breezed through your computer training.
It doesn’t tell employers that you are never late for your shift.
And it doesn’t tell employers that you always get the job done.
Your references will corroborate your list of skills and your professional summary.
Family members do NOT make good references.
They are biased.
Even if you feel that your family member can offer an objective reference, the person viewing your resume will assume that you stretched the extent of your skills and employable qualities.
Managers and immediate supervisors make good references.
You can also use a co-worker.
If that doesn’t seem like the best fit for you, reach out to a church member, a sports coach or a teacher.
But always, always, always, inform your references when you are applying for jobs. This way, they will be more mindful of their emails and more likely to answer their phones.
One Last Parting Pro-tip
If you are looking for employment keep in mind that the employer goes through many resumes and talks to many applicants.
You may not receive a response.
Your first few responses might even be rejections.
Don’t give up.
Keep looking. Keep applying.
Opportunities will come your way.