There are several resume styles and many of them are great but the common mistake a lot of new job seekers make is that they tend to use the same resume for all their applications even when the positions are different. The ideal thing is to tweak the resume to suit the job that is being applied for.
For every position you want to apply for, you need to modify your resume. For instance, if your educational qualification will not really give you any advantage in the application for a particular job, place it behind important information. However, here are the necessary things that all resumes should have.
This is the most important part of your resume. You definitely want your potential employer to reach you easily. Your contact details should include your phone number, physical address, email address, and your social media accounts like Instagram account, Twitter handle, Facebook account… etc.
The world has been taken over by IT and so if you don’t include your social media accounts, employers may assume you don’t have any and that will be a big minus for you.
Your resume should have an opening statement. Your opening statement should briefly describe your interest in the job and the value you intend to bring to the table. This should not exceed two sentences. It is even better if you can merge the points into a sentence.
You should list the skills you have. Here, you are expected to list only the skills that are relevant to the job. Being able to work under pressure and being a team player are no skills. Besides, they have been overused. Don’t include any of the boring statements.
You can include your technical and software skills if they are relevant to the job. Don’t include the skills you lack in order to gain a competitive advantage. It usually backfires either during interview or at the job.
You should describe your career overview. You have to weave it around the job you are applying for. Describe how the job fits into your career and your personal overview.
You should include your educational qualification in your resume even if the position is not directly related to it.
Add your employment history, work placements, and volunteers if any. You should be ready to explain why you left each of them. If you have worked in many places, you don’t have to put every one of them on your resume. You don’t want to be seen as an unstable employee who cannot settle for one job.
You need to include your references and let your referees know before putting their contact on your resume. That way, they won’t be caught unaware when a prospective employer calls them to ask about you.
Finally, you may also add your special achievements in your previous places of work if any. However, don’t say what you cannot defend. Be ready to defend every piece of information on your resume.
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