How To Build A Resume
All these ideas are my own and I’m not expert on this, but I have experience in this and these are just my suggestions!
In order to apply to job, there is one crucial thing that you need to have – a resume. You probably knew that – but if not, then I’m happy to have informed you! A resume is important to inform employers of your past experience. It is one of the central ways for an employer to determine whether or not you are qualified to do the job.
Once you have a resume, it becomes much easier to apply to jobs. Starting from scratch to create a resume may be a little difficult, but I’m here to help!
The main sections that you need for your resume is the following:
Name, Address, Email, Phone
It is best to keep your resume to one page, especially if you are currently an undergrad or post-grad. Most employers do not have expectations that you have experience that requires your resume to surpass one page. Often times, it takes a few seconds for an employer to determine whether or not they even want to consider to interview with you.
Here is an example (below) of what the header should contain:
Here is an example (below) of what the education section should contain:
The content in your work experience will be different for everyone. It is important that you are as detailed as possible and to write what you have done. Please feel free to utilize the structure I have below:
The skills section can just be in list form. I would suggest to list all the Microsoft office apps that you know how to use, your typing speed, or if you are an expert at Photoshop or relevant computer programs that pertain to the jobs you are applying for.
If you are currently enrolled in a university or college, check out your career center! When you’re still in college, the resources may not seem as reachable, but they are more so compared to when you are in the ‘real world’. I was a career center peer advisor at my university and I was able to get trained and review/edit student resumes. Your career center may be able to provide you with hands on assistance with building a resume. Look out for classes or events where they have Advisors come in and teach how to build a resume as well!
Here are some external resources on resume help if you are interested in reading more!