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The most important
Step 1 – Gathering Your Information
As with all successful endeavors, thoughtful planning will make for a great
- A Summary of Your Skills and Objective
- Work History
- Extracurricular Activities and Hobbies
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Step 2 – Formats
Don’t worry about structure yet, we will get to that later. Lots of stuff to think about, so let’s get to what you will need.
- Contact Information
- Your Headline
- Work History / Experience
- Content Formats – The most popular formats are Chronological, Functional, Hybrid, and a Targeted
- Font & Type
- Spacing & Margins
- Visual Resumes versus Print Resumes
Step 3 – Organization
Putting the pieces of
- Select Your Format – Now you need to pick a content format as your main format (we will cover multiple
resumeversions later in the article).
- Order Your Sections – Here we combine the
resumeinformation you collected in step 1 (Gathering Your Information) with the Sections bullet from step 2. Pick a format that fit your needs
- Your Headline – Your headline goes next, what do you do?
- Objective -Your career goal and what you want out of a job– this is optional
- Skills – What are you good at and why should someone hire you? You should list the skills that will help market your strengths.
- Work History / Experience – The next part is easy, list your experience in reverse chronological order.
- Put it Together – Put all of your sections together and you are set to go.
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Step 4 – Content
If you’ve followed the first 3 steps above, this step is where it all comes together. In today’s digital world of
- Keywords – Do you really need keywords? Absolutely. Keywords help demonstrate your level of experience and accomplishments.
- Relevant Skills – You won’t get an interview if you don’t have relevant skills, even if you have relevant experience. You need to include your skills on
- Relevant Experience – Your job experience demonstrates that you have worked in roles that are similar to the positions where you are submitting
your resume. Ensure you include specific experience.
- No Experience – Maybe you’ve just graduated from school or are changing industries. This is, of course, more difficult and the focus should be on entry-level jobs.
Your resumewill focus more on your college experience as well as your internship experience.
Step 5 – Versions
There are many reasons why you may need multiple
- Why have multiple resumes – The most common reasons to have multiple resumes are:
- Multiple Industries
- New Industry
- Different Roles
- Career Change
- Version Types – There are several types of versions you can have, depending on your needs and the purpose:
- What You Do
- Where You Work