The resumé tunnel page has been created to give you some helpful hints and tips when building your résumé.
Who knows? There might be a thousand people applying for the job that you want. Why would an employer stop and take notice of your resumé above all others. You may think you’re the best for the job; most qualified, hardest worker, fiercely devoted – but the employer might not. That’s your challenge, make yourself standout. Researchers say that some employers scan each résumé for 30 seconds or less before throwing it on the pile with the rest. In fact, many employers look for nit-picky mistakes in order to reduce the huge stack of resumés on their desk. But every once in a while something catches their eye and they read on. Make sure that your resumé is one that catches their eye.
Four Components of a Resumé
There are generally four common components which are crucial to every resumé. Across the board, impacting resumés include information in the following categories.
Top 10 Things to Remember when Building your Resumé
1. First and foremost, be honest. Present yourself in your true light. If the employer discovers a discrepancy during the interview process then you will no longer be a candidate for the job and this could hurt you in applying for other positions as well.
2. Include any of these four key elements (if applicable) which can help you “seal the deal”; volunteerism, association memberships, computer proficiency and ability to speak other languages
3. Avoid vague phrases on your resumé such as “ambitious” or “detail-oriented.” Instead list accomplishments that confirm that you indeed do have these qualities.
4. Your resumé should be of good aesthetic and communicative qualities. Information should be concise; you might need to revise several times until you know you have the correct narration and flow. A resumé speaks to the candidate’s ability to communicate.
5. You may need to be prepared or willing to write more than one résumé if you are applying for different types of jobs. Your resumé should reflect how your skills and experience can assist the company or organization you are applying with.
6. Spelling and grammar; does anything else need to be said? Glaring spelling errors can have your resumé thrown out before employers get a chance to see your character. Have a diverse group of people read your resumé to do grammar and spell checks. When in doubt about grammar – keep sentences simple and clear.
7. Have effective headlines that can assist the reader when skimming resumés. Professional looking headlines draw employers deeper into the details of the résumé, giving you more exposure.
8. Be precise in what your gifts, talents and experience are and what you are able to do for the company or organization if you were to become a part of it. Don’t let them assume to much because they then might assume information that isn’t accurate about you.
9. Use high quality paper for your resumé, this will show the employer that appearances matter and that you spent some time developing a product that you are proud of. Use simple fonts that are easy to read and make sure your spacing is consistent.
10. Make sure that your resumé speaks to the needs that are listed in the advertisement. If it asks for certain information then your resumé should answer those questions.
Types of Resumés
The two most prominent resumé styles are Chronological and Functional although many resumés become a hybrid of the two styles.
1. Chronological: these resumés are typically the most widely used. They list work history in chronological order beginning with the most recent positions and ending with the individual's entrance into the world of work. This type of resumé gives a glimpse of your work history and/or volunteer experiences and are exemplary in providing detailed information for those who have been consistently employed or for those climbing the professional ladder.
2. Functional: these resumés choose to highlight experiences and are helpful for those who either have not been consistently employed or are intending to make a career change. By focusing in on what the candidate is able to do they can mask any large periods of time when they were out of work.