Most often job seekers get confused about how to write a resume that will ultimately land them to their dream job. Before continuing with this article let us understand what is a resume.
A resume is a document used commonly while a candidate wants a job or used while the candidate is being hired. Usually, a resume includes the candidate’s information on education qualification, related work experience (if any).
A good resume should be able to communicate and deliver the achievements a candidate possesses to the recruiter in a clear, precise, and readable format. The main purpose of a resume should be, to address the skills; qualities and that uniqueness a candidate have for a particular job.
Let us look at the best possible ways of how to make a resume. This article will include the components of a resume, what should the length of a resume, how one should format it.
How To Write A Resume And What To Include?
The least requirement for writing a resume is your contact information, work experience (if any), education qualification. Over and above these sections, other sections like career summary, extra co-curriculum activities, skills, etc can be added only if they are relevant for the job you are going to apply.
The resume is meant to quickly highlight and display the reasons you are highly competent and fit for this job profile. The recruiters get millions of resumes on their work, they can only give your resume a glance for a few seconds, so it becomes very important to include only relevant information and a good resume objective that can stand you out from the rest.
Below are some important components mentioned to be included in your resume:
It is the first information that is being shared with the recruiter. This includes your key piece of contact information where the recruiter will contact you in later stages of recruitment.
The contact information includes:
- Phone Number
- Location(City, State)
- Email Address
- Social Media URL
Always share the phone number which is always with you or the number in which you are available the maximum time. Try and make a professionally sound email address based on your name, this way recruiter will have fewer doubts while contacting you.
Resume summary / objective
Your resume summary will include the goal you have planned for your professional life. Try and sink your goal with the goal and objective of the company. This will help you getting short-listed. All the company wants employees who have the same goals as the company because they think such employees can work to their maximum capacity.
The resume summary must be followed just after the contact information.
Work experience is the focal point of your resume. This section should be written with the utmost attention. Some candidate tends to write their day-to-day activities and responsibility from a past job. One must study the job description from a previous job and thus make this section the most effective.
Each job must be listed in reverse chronological order. Each job must have its sub-heading which should:
- Company Name
- Location of Job
- Job Title
- Start date and End date.
The first thing recruiters look into your resume is the job titles you had and the caliber of the company.
If you have been working for a long duration now, your education section in the resume will automatically be minimized at the bottom of the resume. Except for applying for a career in the education sector. Following should be the sequence to be mentioned in your resume:
- Name of the education institution
- School and the Board
- Year attended.
If you’re fresher and had no work experience than, your education qualification will come above the work experience and it will have more details mentioned.
Awards and honors
Use those awards and honors that make sense for the job and the company your applying to. Irrelevant awards and honors may create difficulty by distracting from the main qualification and relevant awards may increase your chances.
Active volunteer work must be added to your resume along with the skills learned or those skills you already have. Always be careful with the volunteer work such as work done for any political party or religious event.
Skills – Soft and hard both
Mention specific skills relevant to the job description. This way your chances of getting shortlisted will increase. Thus will help you to get that desired job.
All of these components are important while writing a resume.
How Long The Professional Resume Should Be?
Since recruiters take only a few seconds to take a glance at your resume. It is said to be ideal to have a single page resume or a maximum of two pages.
The resume shouldn’t longer than two or more than two pages. Sometimes it so happens that resume becomes 4-5 pages long since it includes all the awards, skills, honors. So it is better to add only the recent, relevant, and most impressive skill set to draw attention to your resume.
Format For Writing A Resume
A format is an order in which you showcase your information that is most important and pertinent to the job profile you’re applying for. You can choose from the following format depending upon which format suits you the most.
- Reverse Chronological resume format
- Functional or skill-based
- Combination resume format
For which one do you wish to go?
Proofread Is A Must
Suppose you have written your resume and you’re pretty much sure about it. But it is important to do proofreading your resume before sending it.
One must proofread and make possible edits before sending it to the recruiter. If you desperately want the job, proofreading is a must.
You should also save your resume file in multiple formats and at multiple places to avoid last moment rush. You can also keep printouts with you; this is a very handy option.
You have made it! At this point, you must be familiar with the components, requirements a resume need. Congratulations! You are one step closer to your job plus you’re on right track.
So jot down all the necessary requirements you will need while writing your resume before applying to your dream job
Over To You
We have tried to explain the most important and necessary components. The shortlisted resume has such components. What is your take on this? Let us know in the comment section below.