What is A resume?
A resume is a document that tells possible employers exactly what you want them to know about you and why you would be a good fit for their open position. In short, a resume is the depiction of your professional self. It is a concise aggregation of your educational and professional experience, as well as the skills and accomplishments that make you consider most relevant to the desired position.
Hiring managers use resumes to shortlist potential employees, they typically look at a resume for around 30 seconds before passing on their judgment. It is a tool designed to get you to the next stage in the employment process: the interview. Your resume should be able to sell you in an easy-to-read, logical and concise format, it should be well-organized and relevant. Generally, a page or two is about the right length, three pages are the outside limit that the hiring manager will read.
Basic Categories to Include on Your Resume
This section includes,
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- Social Media(optional)
Make sure the Phone and Email both are professional and actively used.
Summary/Objective of Resume
It is a short, targeted statement at the beginning of a resume that reflects your employment goals with the company you are applying with. It highlights your career progress, achievements, and skills set(2-3 lines).
Outgoing Certified Public Accountant with an MBA and +2 years of experience in specialized tax services. Seeking to leverage my technical and professional expertise to grow in the new role of Accountant at your company.
This section includes your work experience, different positions you held and responsibilities you took. Example:
Month 20XX – Present
This section includes different schools, colleges, and universities that you attended. You can add information about your majors or extracurricular activities. Example:
Course, time period(from MM/DD/YYY to MM/DD/YYY)
Name of College, Address
It includes your personal skill sets. Show the recruiting manager what you are capable of on and off the professional life. Such as Languages, computer skills, languages etc. List out your skill and describe it using levels or use a rating or a percentile. Example:
Computer Skills: Advanced knowledge in Python(Django, Data Science…..)
MS Excel( Marcos, pivot tables, data visualization)
In addition, you can add other categories as per your need that is relevant such as Interest, Certificates, Conferences, Publications, References, Software, Licenses and so on.
Some Basic Resume Writing Rules
- Avoid Spelling or Grammar Errors
- Watch Your Tenses
- Avoid the First Person Pronouns
- Send and Save your Resume as a PDF
- Label your Resume File Correctly
- Format in a Logical Structure
- Make Sure It’s Easy to Read
- Keep it Organized and Visually Appealing
- Keep it Consistent
- Include Context
- Quantify as Much as Possible
- Don’t Include References
- Use your Judgement When it Comes to Creativity
- Don’t List Everything You’ve Ever Done
- Think About the Person Reading Your Resume
- Think About What Makes You Different
- Make it Relevant to the Job You are Applying to.
Hence, the whole idea is to make the resume tailored, aesthetically appealing, Complete, Accurate, Focused, Short, Relevant, Professional.