Creating a resume is easy. There are several good sites that offer suggestions and formats for resume but I want you to consider several things for your first basic resume. You need your contact information to stand out from the rest of the document but generally using the same font for the entire documents is important since many companies use scanned, uploaded, or data encrypted documents and reading several different fonts can still cause data translation problems from one program to the next. Second is size matters, although you want your resume or curricula vitae to be legible it is important that you direct the resume to the job description and posting.
Start and end with your contact information. I like to have resumes that include footers with page numbers and name and contact information in smaller font at the bottom of the document if possible. The header should include both a phone and an email address. Make sure you email address does not misrepresent you with a silly handle or cutsie name. Companies may avoid candidates with email addresses like Popsie@xyn.net for a leadership position and BlackWidow@utt.net will probably not be the next kindergarten teacher at your child’s school.
Often resumes list a specific objective. This can be a general statement as the title of the position you are applying for or can be more global and represent your reason for applying for the position or the company. Examples might be, I am seeking to be the next general managr or something more global like, I am seeking a position which will allow me to develop my training and effective communication skills.
The next section may be education or work experience depending on which of these is more important to establishing you fit for this job. If you’ve entering the field and don’t have similar work experience here’s a chance for you to discuss how your education and training fits the desire of the company.
Objective: To work as the day shift bartender at Willmart Hotel
Education: May 2011 – Bartending School Honor graduate, Lennox School, Tipton, TN
Work experience: May 2008 – present: Produce stocking clerk, Bob & Jill’s Market, Thomas, TN
If you have experience in similar positions, place your work history first and then your education.
Objective: To manage the front desk at Willmart Hotel
June 2010 to present Weekend front desk: clerk, Penney Motel, Million, MI.
May 2009 – May 2010 Second shift manager: Mergers. Million, MI
Use key words from the advertisement or job description in your resume to focus it for the position for which you are applying. There are free resources on the web; www.how-to-write-a-resume.org and http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-write-a-resume/ that offer free tips for cover letters, thank you letters, and resumes.
Start with the basics and then develop it to the position. Be honest in marketing your skills on your resume.