We covered the basics of resume writing in yesterday’s Resume Writing for Beginners (Part 1): Resume Formats and Fonts. In this article, you will learn about what to include in your resume and some optional information you can include.
What to Include in Your Resume:
Here is the information you must provide the employer with when writing your resume.
This includes your full name of course, in big, bold font. Then put down your address, contact number and email. The format of your header can vary, but always make sure your name at the top is the most visible and then use smaller fonts for the address, and contact information.
List all your relevant job experiences in chronological order. You don’t need to list everything you’ve done – just the ones that are related to the job you’re applying to. Try to put down your experiences that falls within three or four years from the present one.
Any volunteer/internship experience
This can either be in the same section as your work experience or a separate one. Volunteering and interning is very important to include because it shows dedication and drive to gain experience without pay. It also helps when you haven’t had much experience and you’re just starting out.
Education or and/or qualifications
Put down the school(s) that you’ve attended or currently attending. If this is your final year, put in brackets “graduation pending in [month of graduation]”. Include your major and/or minors as well, especially if they’re related to the job you are applying for. Any other courses you’ve taken outside of school such as First Aid or any online educational courses should also be included.
Optional Information to Include in Your Resume:
All of this doesn’t need to be included but could help you stand out from everyone else depending on the job description and it’s requirements.
- Computer and software skills – everything is so computer driven right now that the more programs you know how to use, the better.
- Interests – letting the employer know that you share similar interests with the company is always a bonus. But don’t go too off topic.
- Language skills – if the employer has clients around the world, knowing a second or third language can be very helpful and sometimes be the reason why they hire you.
- Objective – this is good to include if you have minimal related or job experience in general. It lets the employer know why you want this job and what you plan to achieve with their company. Keep this to a minimum or two to three sentences.
Come back next week for our final part of “Resume Writing for Beginners” about how to properly summarize each job description!