How To Write a Resume and Why Is It Important?

Today, in this dynamic global economic environment, it is really hard to get noticed.

There are thousands and thousands of candidates applying for positions in big companies. This makes it harder than very to land a good, lucrative job. However, it is not impossible. The secret lies in having a solid, well-versed resume.

So what is a resume?

It is a list of all the professional accomplishments that you had during your life. It is used to tell an employer who you are, what are your interests, what are your business skills and how can you make a company better.

That being said, a good resume is your door to the business world.

Here are some tips as to how to create it!

Basic elements of a resume

First and foremost, there isn’t some international guide that will tell you how to precisely create a resume. It is not an official document in that sense. However, over time resumes have become standardized and today, there are certain unspoken rules as how to create one.

Keep in mind that resume format will vary from a country to a country. Still, there are certain elements that are practically unchangeable no matter where you go. In the end, it all comes to a simple rule – use a format that will be readable, will present all the necessary information in proper order and will be able to tell a story about you as a professional.

Here are some of the most common elements of a resume based on the traditional layout:
1. Contact information

Candidate will leave the most important contact information including name, email address, and phone. While some resumes might include home address and nationality (these are especially important for people applying for jobs in another city or country), certain information such as marital status, age and army service are better left out.

2. Opening statement

During opening statement, the candidate has to present himself/herself in the best way possible. The candidate will explain how he/she can contribute to the company and make the organization better. In a way, you’re making a promise regarding your future professional contribution.

3. Work experience

Work experience is oftentimes the most important part of a resume. If you’re applying for a highly skilled position, you will require a certain amount of experience and expertise which can only be acquired through work. Have a solid work experience tells employer that other big, companies have also trusted you and have given you a chance. Of course, the more the merrier.

4. Education

In this section you have to mention all the education, training and seminars that you attended. Like with work experience, first you need to write the latest training/seminar. Education is especially important for young candidates without prior work experience. If you’re applying for the first, real job in the field, you might want to put education first before work experience.

5. Additional skills

This section is reserved for your other skills that are not necessarily related to professional education but might help out. The biggest emphasis is on technical skills, computer skills and language skills. Some of them will be very important depending on the position you’re applying for.

6. Additional activities

Here you’re basically talking about things you like to do. This might not be important as some other elements of a resume but might provide an assistance if it is a close call between you and the other candidate.

7. References

Lastly, you have to mention references. This is the list of people who you worked for previously, or who you worked with previously. It is much better to add your general manager but lower management can also serve the purpose. If you worked under a known professional, this can only be beneficial.

What you need to accomplish

Just adding all these elements is usually not enough. Instead, your resume has to serve the following purpose:

  1. Create a desire in an employer to hire you. Resumes are primarily marketing tools meant to “sell” you.
  2. Create a chronological layout of your professional life.
  3. Bring you closer to management in a human way.

If you manage to nail these 3 points, you will have no trouble getting a job!

Author’s bio: The article was written by the career coaching company Path Consulting which specializes in resume and CV writing and job consulting services in Australia.

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