Resume 101

I’ve been rewriting my resume for years! I first went over how to write a resume when I was going to college and it wasn’t actually until I was in masters school when I had a teacher that addressed resume writing. I have my opinions about the whole college system but I am not going to get into that. I thought I would focus on resume writing today as I have recently been applying to some new positions.

The templates that you can utilize through either Microsoft Word or any other word processing program work great! They look nice and they hit all the key points you need to address. Pick your favorite and get started!

First thing you will need to add to the top of your resume will be your name and contact information. If you have a website or any web address that is associated with you that pertains to the job you’re applying for go ahead and add it at the top.

Next you’ll want to add a brief section, one or two sentences about your career objective – who you are and what you are looking for? Mine reads as followed, ‘creative professional with 5+ years of experience in Adobe Suite, strong understanding of typography, and excellent time management skills seeking a Graphic Design position at (blank).’ I will change (blank) to wherever it is I am applying to.

Next I go into my work experience. Typically I will list my last two jobs. List your job title, the dates in which you held this job and a brief job description. In your job description you’ll want to reference certain resume “buzz words.”

When describing your accomplishments / responsibilities use these “buzz words.”

  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Project
  • Empathy
  • Lead
  • Created
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Research
  • Write
  • Achieved
  • Communicated

Note: Use real life examples to describe your accomplishments and or responsibilities in your job description.

After, add a section for your educational background. Again, I list the last two. You can list your high school degree if that applies to your last two. You can also list any vocational programs you completed. You will want to list your degree title, the school name, the dates in which you attended and then a brief description. Mention that you obtained your degree so future employers know that you finished your program and then add a short notation on areas you focused on or excelled in.

The next portion is where I list skills, I think these look best in bullet format. This is a good area to cross reference the job listing you are applying for. If they are stating that they’re looking for someone who is an expert in Adobe Suite, list that you are an expert in Abode Suite. If they state they’re ideal candidate is someone with a working knowledge of Content Management Systems then list that you have a working knowledge of Content Management Systems. Again employers look for certain “buzz words,” they not only want to see the typical resume “buzz words,” but they want to see key words from they’re job description. Only list what you have knowledge in, it is never good to lie on a resume and don’t list random skills that don’t pertain to that particular job.

I hope you found this helpful and as always, thanks for reading!

– D

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