Writing a resume can be an intimidating or daunting task. Whether you are new to the workforce and looking for your first job, looking to change careers, or are a veteran looking to move up the chain, you will need to put together a professional resume to begin your career search. Think of a resume as a piece of marketing material to showcase your skills and abilities to potential employers. The choice you make about what your resume says and how it looks can affect whether you get the job you really want or get a job at all.
Step 1: Analyze
Take some time to think about the types of positions you are applying for and write down the experience and skills you have that are relevant. Take some time to read the job descriptions that are posted and incorporate how you can show that you’re the ideal candidate the company is looking for. List any skills, computer programs, organizations, or classes you’ve taken that may be relevant to the job. Make sure to keep things on your resume that are relevant and tailored to the position.
Step 2: Putting Your Resume Together
The internet provides hundreds of resume examples or templates that you can use for reference or ideas. Make sure to use a professional format that is simple and easy to read. Highlight your education and include the college or university you attended along with your degree or the courses you’ve taken. If you haven’t attended college include your high school education. Next, add your work history or internships in ascending or descending order. Include specific information such as company name, job title, promotions, dates of employment, and bullet point information about your job duties. Do not omit dates of employment as this can send a red flag and look suspicious to hiring managers. Depending on your background and the position you are applying for you might add volunteer experience, community involvement, language skills, or professional certifications.
Step 3: Proofread
Print out your resume and proofread it, read it over a few times, and ask your friends or a family member to look it over as well. The last thing you want is to apply for a job with misspelled words or punctuation errors.
Jill Warren Jill graduated from Midland University in December of 2012 with a degree in fitness and sports management and business administration. During college she was an intern for the Nebraska Sports Council and helped plan the Cornhusker State Games event. Upon graduation, Jill moved to Lincoln and joined the membership team at Prairie Life Fitness. In September of 2013, Jill joined Celebrity Staff’s Lincoln team as a Staffing Assistant where she supports the team in the candidate on-boarding process and a variety of other administrative tasks. She enjoys being a part of the staffing industry as each day is different. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband, Ethan, hanging out with family and friends, traveling, attending Nebraska football games, playing volleyball, and shopping.