While all resumes contain certain information, you have flexibility in the way this material is presented. Use it to make your strong case.1. Employment Objective:This is a brief statement of your job-search goal. what is it you are seeking? It’s best not to list a specific position unless you’re entering a very specialized field. Think about your employment objective before you write; Are you seeking an executive position, or are you willing to consider mid-level employment with great growth and promotional opportunity? Your employment objective is a one sentence description of your job hunting goal. Make it broad enough to spotlight your qualification. If you are searching in several
fields, a resume can be tailored for each by modifying the objective.2. Education:Don’t simply tell a prospective employer where you went to school, but describe how your education has prepared you for the position you are seeking. Give the important facts about your education; institutions attended and when, honors achieved, grades if above average, and perhaps some of the specialized or more difficult courses you completed. Include other important and relevant information; For example – if you scored higher on major related coursework than on all subjects cumulatively, mention it. If you worked to pay your way through school or achieved scholarship assistance based on academic performance, note it. If you participated in extracurricular activities and held leadership position in them, say so. If the position you’re seeking requires knowledge of specialized equipment like computers, note that your education made you computer-literate. If a position demands agility with numbers, indicate that you did well in your many mathematics course. Education also includes specialized vocational training, in-service and on-the-job training courses, and professional seminars. If you went to night classes or took enrichment courses at a local college, include them. Give a prospective employer a complete picture of your educational background and history. Describe the job related skills and abilities you’ve attained.3. Employment History:An effective resume includes more than the names of past employers, dates of employment, position title and major responsibilities. It shows that you have a record of solid achievement as a results-oriented, strong on-the-job performer. Break down each job you’ve held into its component responsibilities. What did I do on the job? What equipment or machinery did I operate? What supervisory or managerial skills did I utilize? As You consider the elements of each job, think about your success or achievements. For instance, if your responsibilities included supervising the sales department, did you receive recognition or commendation for your efforts? Were you promoted because of your performance? Did the company give
you more employees to supervise or expand your sales territory based on a job well done?Or; if you are seeking a computer related position, discuss what you learned or achieved with computers in each previous job. What equipment did you use? Did you suggest new procedures that were adopted? Did you develop new software or make improvements in existing programming to better serve corporate needs? Quote commendations or honors you received for your work. Whatever your job history, break each position into its component parts and tell a prospective employer how well you did, what abilities you have, and how your skills will be useful and appropriate for the new organization. Start listing your most recent position, and follow with each preceding position held as far back as you feel relevant to your professional identity.4. Personal Data:There are a number of items often listed under personal data, including birth date, marital status, hobbies and personal interests. You do not have to provide these if you feel they’re irrelevant to your resume or job search. Include here may also be special achievements, honors, or performances in your civic, personal, or professional life. Have you completed some unusual challenge or succeeded in very rigorous course of some kind? These mentions should be in list form, and should leave the employer interested to hear more…in an interview!5. References:It is not necessary to list references in your resume. Some individuals, for variety of reasons, feel more comfortable giving references on employment applications or in personal interviews. A separate sheet may be prepared in advance, should the prospective employer request references be furnished. If you list references, include names, addresses, and telephone numbers. State the individual’s title for all professional references, and describe the person’s relationship to you if a personal reference.