Whether you are a recent graduate or have many years of work experience, your resume can be the doorway to a more fulfilling career. When a recruiter looks at your resume and decides whether to invite you for an interview, the “first appearances” rule applies. You only have a few seconds to make a good impression and set yourself apart from other candidates. Following the guidelines in this brochure will make it easier to write your resume and succeed in gaining an interview. Sample Resumes are best way to get a proper help to build your resumes. For example if you want to build a resume for fresh engineer then you can get full help from sample engineer resumes
Why write a resume?
The point of writing a resume is to get you an interview. Once there, you have the opportunity to sell yourself and get the job. However, without the right resume to open the door, you may never get the chance.
Be aware that within the first seven to ten seconds of reading your resume, the person screening applicants must be convinced that you merit further consideration. In that short window, they need to find and review a summary of your education, skills, accomplishments and experience!
Basic rules for a successful resume
Certain general rules apply, no matter your level of experience or the job opportunity for which you apply.
1. Be brief
If you have one to five years’ experience, one page is sufficient. One or two pages are appropriate for a candidate with more than five years’ experience. If you are mailing or faxing your resume, never go beyond two pages. If you are submitting your resume via an Internet application form or to a large employer with an automated applicant tracking system, you can submit a slightly longer or shorter resume, as it will not appear in a specific 8.5″ x 11″ format to the reviewer.
2. Use standard resume structure
List jobs and education in chronological order with the most recent first. When listing specific tasks or accomplishments within a job summary, use bullet points whenever possible. Make it easy for the reader to follow the format.
3. Presentation is critical
If you’re mailing your resume or giving one out at your interview, it should be on white or off¬white paper. Type in an easy¬to¬read font such as Times Roman, Arial or Helvetica, and in an easy¬to¬read size (depending on the font, between 10 and 12 point). Don’t make the mistake of using attention¬getting colored paper, artistic borders or pictures. Don’t cram in too much information. White space can be very effective as well as making it easier for the reader to absorb content.
If you’re emailing your resume as a Word document, or cutting and pasting it into an Internet job form, keep the format simple. Avoid using tables in your resume. Complicated indents, tabs and other formatting may get lost in translation to a different version of the software or job form and your information may be garbled or deleted.
New graduates and candidates with less than five years’ experience
Your resume should consist of one page. The following guidelines have been specifically developed to help people with limited experience meet the criteria important to the hiring decision.
Center your name, address, telephone number(s) and email address at the top of the page. Indicate whether the telephone numbers are home, work or cell phone. Only list your work number if it is appropriate for a prospective employer to call you at your current job.
Although “Objective” is a standard resume section, be careful! Objectives that qualify you for one position can immediately disqualify you for another. Always review the objective on your resume against the requirements of a specific job opportunity and change it if necessary.
An objective is a statement that expresses the intended career path in your field(s) of interest. Your objective needs to be specific. State a positive, such as: “To secure a position as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry,” or “Participate in the start¬up of a new hospital unit and contribute positively to its success.” Don’t waste the space on generalities such as “To find employment with a dynamic company that will utilize my professional skills and experience.” Every job seeker has this objective and it’s meaningless to a potential employer.
Early in your career, you should always put your education before your work experience because it tells the prospective employer more about your current qualifications. List your education in reverse chronological order including: degree, major, school and year. Add honors and awards you have won and relevant courses, projects or activities that are applicable to your stated career path.
Employment History Professional
List dates (month/year), title, company and location for each job held, If you are a member of a professional association, list it, along with beginning with the most recent. Give a one¬sentence summary about any committee position you hold with the association or awards you the company if it’s not an immediately recognizable name such as have won from the association.
“$1 billon pharmaceutical R&D company.”
Briefly summarize duties and accomplishments in each position held.
Use action words to define activities and responsibilities. For example: Do not list references on your resume. The simple line: “References Achieved, Designed, Generated, Launched, Supervised and Budgeted. available upon request” is appropriate, but optional. When asked to submit references, do so on a separate sheet of paper and make sure Group all jobs unrelated to your field(s) of interest, full or part¬time, that you check with the people you name first. This is important because:
you held while attending school. An introductory statement such as: • The person may not want to be a reference
“I worked at the following positions to cover 75% of my tuition during •
The person may have moved, changed jobs or otherwise not college” will show your sense of responsibility and ability to hold a job. be at the number you’re listing • The person may be open to suggestions as to what will be Don’t disregard any experience just because it was unpaid. Internships said about you. It may not be immediately obvious to them or other unpaid positions that you gained valuable experience from can why you are a good match for the position and you need to be included here. spell it out Never assume that the prospective employer will understand Salary History/Requirements accomplishments and duties implicit in a previous job. Be as complete and concise as possible. When applicable, clearly point out how your
Do not list your salary history or requirements on your resume.
efforts have led to revenue generation or cost¬savings. For example: There are many variables in compensation including benefits and “Created and implemented new inventory management system” is nice, bonuses. Listing a salary history that immediately places you out of
but “Created and implemented new inventory management system range for a specific position disqualifies you from consideration.
saving 20% over previous year’s expenses and reduced work hours by You may be willing to take a lesser salary to work for a specific 45%” is downright impressive. organization because it’s prestigious, a non¬profit, or for some other reason, but the person reading your resume may not
Additional Skills understand or readily accept that.
This is the section in which you can place skills and abilities that aren’t immediately obvious by your degree(s) or positions held, such as familiarity with software programs, photography or knowledge of foreign languages.
Example of a resume for a recent graduate or person with less than five years’ experience
The previous section headings, as well as headings that follow in the next section, cover the majority of information that is essential to a well¬structured, complete resume. It may be appropriate, based on your specific background and experience, to include one or more of the following sections:
. • Honors
. • Awards
. • Activities
A resume update is only necessary once a year, or when you change jobs. When you reach the three to five year plateau, a radical change should be made to more clearly define your qualifications.
Build Your Resume in Following Format
A balanced heading at the top of your Resume includes your formal name, address, phone number(s), and email address if you have one. Your name always comes first—centered at the top of your Resume. Be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached or where a message can be left. Make it easy for prospective employers to contact you. Undergraduate students may include both their campus address (left margin) and permanent address (right margin).
A clear, concise statement expressing your intended career path in your field(s) of interest.
An optional, succinct, one-sentence statement that describes a functional specialty or specific job interest. Avoid any temptation to make it long-winded. If you are extremely targeted in your career objectives, you may include an objective; we, however, recommend that you omit it in the Resume and instead articulate your objective in a well-written cover letter. The Resume format we recommend at the WCRC does not include an objective; omitting it gives you the greatest flexibility when your Resume is referred to prospective employers.
Degree, major, school, year, honors, awards won, and any additional courses, projects or activities that are applicable to your stated career path.
Indicate your degree(s), major(s), and—if the subject area relates to your career objective—your areas of concentration. Identify specific courses that pertain to your job objective. State any marketable skills (i.e., computer expertise, foreign language fluency, etc.) Use three to five lines for each educational experience, more if the information is notable; no paragraph, however, should exceed four to six lines.
Unless you already have had significant full-time work experience in an area related to your job objective, the education section will probably be the most important part of your Resume. This often holds true for undergraduates, for whom activities during your education ma y constitute the most significant part of your experience. If so, use this section to beef up your Resume with any meaningful content.
Restrict narrative comments to achievement-oriented phrases beginning with action words. Include activities that highlight your initiative, leadership qualities, competitive drive, or work with a team. Mention significant honors, awards, selections, scholarships, or offices held.
If you are a graduating BSBA, you will probably want to include a brief statement about your high school achievements. This reinforces the pattern of accomplishment in your Washington University experience. If space is limited, omit high school achievements and emphasize your most recent activities and accomplishments.
All employment listed in reverse chronological order showing dates, titles, company and location. Group all jobs held during your school years and group all internships.
Additional skills including knowledge of computer hardware/software, languages, etc.
Any professional associations you belong to or have won awards from, including any volunteer work.
In this section of your Resume, display information that doesn’t fit into any other category. This section, however, should include no more than a few lines. The key word here is relevancy: Do not include extraneous information that does not clearly contribute to your work ability for your current career goals. Language fluency, interests, computer knowledge, and social and civic activities, if pertinent, can be grouped in this section. Under interests and activities, for example, you might mention apt social or civic activities, volunteerism, or sports activities that demonstrate qualities such as leadership, teamwork, responsibility and initiative. Under computer skills—if using computers is a necessary skill for the job you are seeking—highlight the software programs you know. If you have a particularly strong background in any category, you may wish to put that information under a separate category with its own heading (e.g., computer skills, interests, activities, language fluency, etc.) Employers don’t need to know your weight, height, marital status, health, or any other personal information.
“References available upon request” on your resume; names and contact numbers on a separate sheet if required.
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