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What's in a Resume?

Most people in America have to submit a resume when they apply for a job.

What’s a resume though?

Most candidates think it’s just a piece of paper that lands you the job. This is a misconception. A resume is a summary of your professional history, which includes your employment, education, and training. This resume can get you an interview, which will get you the job.

Think of your resume as the application you fill out to try out for a sports team or theatre.

Let’s go through the details of your resume.

First, we start with your contact information. This is the first thing the recruiter or hiring manager will see. Your contact information includes:

  • Your full legal name

  • Email address

  • Your phone number

You could add your LinkedIn profile, your website, your github link, but those are not always necessary.

The second will be a summary. Think of your summary as your elevator pitch. Around 3-5 sentences. Avoid fluff words like ‘dedicated’, ‘motivated’, ‘driven’, ‘passionate’. These are attitudes, and attitudes can’t be shown with written words on a piece of paper.

Third comes your experience. Unless you are a fresh grad, then you’ll list your education here. This experience will have all your jobs, including all your duties and accomplishments.

The reason is that we are creating your master resume. This is where you will come back to when you are editing your resume for a specific job.

Next comes your education. Again, unless you are a new grad, you don’t need your GPA or your graduation year on here. Just the school, degree, and major.

Lastly, your skills. Again, you won’t write adjectives about yourself. We are talking skills like the software, things like ‘project management, ‘bookkeeping’. And no, Microsoft office is not a special skill, that includes Excel unless it’s required by the job you are applying to and you’re a master at Excel.

Now you can put your skills either at the top or the bottom of your resume.

And that’s it.

That’s what you need in your resume.

What you don’t need:

  • Statements like “references provided upon request”.

  • Your extracurricular hobbies.

  • Your references

  • Objective statement

  • Your self-rating on the skills you have

In the next article, we will talk more about how to write your accomplishments and duties for your jobs in detail.

Until then, stay caffienated!

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