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What to Write in a Resume

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Now you’re ready to take more responsibility and you’re looking for a job. But first, you should submit your resume to introduce yourself to the world.

First impressions last. That’s why it’s best if you know what to write in your resume to make a positive and lasting impression to your future employers. Here are some of the basics you should include in your resume.

Format

There are several formats you can choose from. A number of samples and templates are available in the internet for your convenience.

Just remember to keep things clear and simple. Information should be straightforward and relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Career goals

This is optional although writing your personal career goals won’t hurt your resume.

In sentence or two, summarize your personal goals for career development. It should state your goals and envision your future in your chosen path. This is a plus to some employers since it shows that the applicant has specific plans and is goal-oriented.

Personal information

State your name, address and contact numbers. Put emphasis on your name as it’s the most important information in your resume.

It’s wise to also include your email address as another line of communication. Be sure that the email address is not something made of fancy characters or words. It should include your first and last name as much as possible.

You don’t need to indicate your height, weight or any biological information in your resume. Your employers would probably perform a medical check-up once you’re hired anyway. Unnecessary information would just clutter your resume and be a turnoff.

Scholastic background

List down the schools you’ve attended, starting with the most recent one. State the name of the school, including the city and state it is situated. Also include the years it took to complete the levels.

Indicate certificates and awards you’ve received during your school days. It’s important to show what you’ve achieved back in school. Some employers see this as a reflection of your study habits and possible work ethics.

Trainings could also be a plus, depending on the job you’re applying for. If you had an on-the-job training, include it in your resume.

Skills and experience

Any skills relevant to the job you’re applying should be indicated. It could be from a volunteer work, a major school activity or even a hobby. They’re plus points to your credibility, so squeeze your memory for any experience or skill you’ve acquired in the past.

If you’ve had trainings, include the skills you’ve acquired from that training. If you’ve acquired skills that seem irrelevant to the job you’re applying for, look for a connection that can be used to make it somehow relevant.

If you’ve been previously employed, indicate your work experience there. Include a brief statement of the company you worked for, your role and things you’ve accomplished during your stay in the given position.

Additional information

Seminars and trainings you’ve attended in the past that are relevant to your job would be a great addition to your resume.

Additional skills like languages you speak would do. Extra skills that might indirectly and positively affect the position you’re applying for are also okay.

Just remember that anything your write in your resume should exemplify that you’re the best person for the job.

References

If you’re writing for your first job, a character reference list is a must. Employers might decide to do some background check to verify the information you’ve written in your resume. They also usually call people to check on your ethics, overall character and other information about you.

Put in people that you’ve worked with or knows a great deal about you. You can put your colleagues, mentor, or even your previous employer. Just don’t put relatives, like your mother, that are obviously on your side.