You want to create a resume that will impress your recruiters. But where to start? What should you include in the objective section? How should each section be defined? Should one part relate to another? What about your hobbies, salary expectations and references? Should you accommodate it or just leave off? Let us find out below.
Communicating with your potential recruiter through a few words on paper is a Herculean task indeed. Your resume should represent the best part of yourself. It should be about what you did so far, your ability and what you can achieve in the future given an opportunity. It is also the place where you want to match your goals and strength with the employer’s needs. To begin with, make a list to analyze about yourself. Create a draft and bring it down to one page for final evaluation. As you put together your resume, know that it shouldn’t tell your life history, just what is needed in a dignified manner. At the same time, through your past performance, you should be able to justify that you are a potential candidate for the vacancy.
The first item that appears on every resume is the contact information so that your prospective employer can keep you in the loop. Make it attractive, meaningful and functional. It can appear in several formats, choose the one that is acceptable, uncluttered and standard. Whether you want to include the objective on the resume or leave it to the cover letter depends on your choice or employer’s requirement. Make sure to not to change the objective frequently, which may indicate a lack of purpose and direction. Your objective should be a statement about what you want to do if selected and how you will contribute to the business for the greater good. Mentioning this has many benefits. First, you market yourself with abilities and skills. Second, a group of sales recruiters with Sales HQ, or any other sales company,will be able to understand your interests and place you ahead of others if the requirements match. Third, you are being consistent here meaning, you come across as a decisive individual. With a clear objective, you can take control of the steps that follow during the recruiting process.
The next task is to note down your skills, accomplishments, qualifications, experience and ability. This section gives the recruiter a glimpse of your past performance and motivational patterns. Begin compiling information from past experiences to include full-time, part-time employment as well as internships, summer jobs and volunteer work. Describe projects you have been involved in as well. Decide on miscellaneous information only if absolutely needed. This is to avoid words taking up valuable space than allocated. References can be mentioned when requested. You may include other special skills, affiliations or hobbies only if it is relevant to the job objective. Things like hobbies often distract by raising unnecessary questions so it’s better not to mention them. Again, your aim is to produce as much information to finally condense it into a one-page resume.