Every business professional wants to have a successful career. But before success can be attained, one needs to start somewhere. And in the corporate world, the road to success usually begins with a very simple job application. Most likely, you are reading this article because you want to create a resume and get that dream job.
We have provided some examples and templates that you can download and use as reference when you will be creating your own resume.
Listed below are some very simple tips in creating an excellent modern resume layout. This will not only make your resume detailed but also increase your chances in getting hired.
Skills and work experience define a resume. There is no need to create the full contents of the resume as you can write first your skills and work experience in a separate piece of paper. It does not really take too much time and effort in writing the skills and work experience especially if you aware of all of them. In writing down the work experience, use the format we listed above (job position – name of company or firm – inclusive dates of employment).
Technical skills are mostly needed in engineering, scientific, medical, and information technology (IT) fields where majority of the work is accomplished through the use of various equipment. Competencies such as critical thinking skills, teamwork, innovation, motivation, trustworthiness and ethics, and being goal-driven to name a few meanwhile are needed in all types of jobs.
In regards to the objective, here are examples of objectives you can write in your resume:
In a resume, the photo and personal information should be placed at the topmost corner of the paper. As previously mentioned, personal information is a very important part of a resume as potential employers will be looking at this information if they will contact the job applicant if he passed the interview or have gotten hired for the job.
Additionally, employers will not only be considering resumes that don’t have any photo of the applicant, so make sure a photo should be included. Personal information includes the current address, contact number, and email address.
Never list down the personal information at the second page or at a section where it can’t be seen by the employer. This might cause some problems where the employer will switch to another candidate since basic information cannot be seen in the resume.
A resume length should not be as long as a business plan, in fact it should only be two pages long. If you can fit every information in one page, then it will be better. Similar to a resume without a photo, a resume that is longer than two pages will automatically take a trip to the trash bin or the shredder. Personal information, the photo, work experience, and skills should be in the first page while the other information should be listed in the second page.
A resume is still a business document, so professional fonts should be used. Graffiti, gothic, comic book, and other sans-serif fonts should be avoided at all times. Even if an applicant applies for a graphic design position, using sans-serif font styles should not be an excuse when creating a resume. Among the fonts you can use include Arial, Cambria, Calibri, Didot, Garamond, Georgia, Helvetica, Bookman Old Style, and Times New Roman.
Before you start writing your resume, you first need to gather the necessary information. Make sure all the information are specific and correct, as potential employers will find out if you will incorporate false information in the resume. You can write all the information first in a separate piece of paper or encode them in a separate document.
Personal information refers to the contact number, current address, and email address. The personal information should be 100% accurate as potential employers will be looking at this information first if they decide to hire you or let you proceed in the application process. Personal information and photo should be placed at the center of the paper.
In regards to the photo, it is much better if you attach a formal or business casual photo. Remember that the photo should resemble the dimensions of an ID photo (1×1 inches or 2×2 inches). A white background should be used and the face should only be taken (not the entire body).
It’s now time to write one of the most important elements of a resume. As previously mentioned, the skills, work experience, and education you incorporate in the resume should be specific and detailed. The skills should include technical skills and competencies, while work experience and educational background should include the name of the school and company, dates of attendance, dates of employment, and job positions respectively. All of these information should be listed in the first page of the resume.
The order of the educational background should be listed from the most recent to the oldest. Additionally, if an applicant did not attend a certain high school or college, there is no need to write it down in the resume.
Among the information the candidate should write in the resume should include the full name of the company, the job position that the applicant held, and the inclusive dates the applicant worked for the company. This applies to all the companies the applicant has worked before.
After writing the most important information in the resume, it’s now time to write the other information as well. These information can be listed in the second page of the resume. You can start with writing the awards or achievements, then move on with the activities or hobbies, and then lastly the character references.
Although awards and honors can be attached to both work and education, a separate section should be written for this. Write down the name of the award first, followed by the name of company or school, and date when the award or recognition was given.
Here are examples of activities that can be related to a job application:
Character references can be anyone related or had previous working relationships in the candidate. But it is advisable to list down names of managers, supervisors, or other high-ranking officers instead of colleagues since they are the ones monitoring the candidate’s performance in the workplace.
US paper sizes are used to create a resume. Here is a list below:
We hope you found this article to be informative as well as helpful when you will be creating your own modern resume.