Gather your Information
We will help you find your most marketable skills, then find achievements in your past that prove you have those skills. The data you assemble will help you write your own resume.
Find your marketable skillsWhen employers advertise jobs, they almost certainly have a picture of their ideal candidate in mind. Having specific experience and a genuine interest in the position you apply for will help assist your quest for an interview. Your guaranteed resume will highlight your most marketable skills in such a way that employers are more likely to call you. What are your most marketable skills? Answer these two questions:
1.- What do you do well?
What do you most enjoy doing? Is it the job you're doing now? Your course work in school? If not, what do you do well? Is it a hobby? Volunteer work? Other? Write your answers on a sheet of paper.
2.- What do you enjoy doing?
What skills do you most enjoy using on the job or in school right now? What skills would you use even if you weren't paid? Write out your answers. If you enjoy doing something that you've already written down in answer to the first question, underline it this time.
Ideally, you'll have several skills underlined at the end of this exercise. These are things you do well and enjoy doing.
Now, list your 2-3 most marketable skills.From your list of underlined skills, choose the 2 or 3 you think will be most attractive to the person reading your resume.
These are your most marketable skills. You'll use them later to write your resume.
This is the most important step in the process of writing your resume.
Why? Because if you know what your most marketable skills are, you can highlight your most relevant experience, which will help you find the job that's best for you.
Prove your case with achievementsNow, what achievements prove the 2-3 most marketable skills you listed above? Write at least three things you did that you're proud of and their results.
What have you done to increase productivity, profits, efficiency, sales, etc.? Use facts, figures, years and be as specific as possible. Your achievements can be from paid or volunteer employment, school projects or even hobbies. As long as they're relevant to the work you want to do, you may include them in your resume.
What to leave outSome things don't belong in your resume. Here's a list of six things you should not include:
- Title at the top of the page, such as "Resume of Qualifications", "Confidential Resume", etc.
If the reader needs to be told that he's reading a resume, he's in no position to hire you.
- Months of employment.
While you must include the years you were at each job, don't include the months. This is perfectly acceptable and helps cover up any short gaps in employment. Your dates should look like this: (1997-1998).
- Reasons for leaving.
This information is irrelevant and uses valuable space. You can always discuss these facts in a job interview. If you feel compelled to explain why you left a job after a few weeks or months, just leave it out of the resume.
- Age, sex, religion or health.
In the United States and in many other countries, it's illegal to discriminate against you because of these. Don't refer to them in your resume.
Write these on a separate sheet and bring them to the interview. And don't include the phrase: "References available upon request". It's understood that you have them so this line wastes space.
Never discuss this until you have a job offer.