Yes, this is another “How To” article about writing a resume. But what you might have learned from old interview books or when you were a junior in high school is not necessarily the latest in what employers are looking for in a resume. Some of the following information might be a repeat of what you have heard before, but some of it is going to be different from what you have previously believed about a successful resume.
First of all, like any other writing project, preparation is the primary and most important step. A resume that is merely “thrown together” can be quickly spotted by Human Resource professionals and just as quickly cast aside. There are a few basics that must be included in this preparation. The resume must be focused on a particular field or job, clearly written, qualifications spelled out, and tailored to fit the desired position.
In order to accomplish the preparatory steps, you have to know what you want; what field you are interested in, the career field or the job. You have to be specific and identify if not the particular job, at least the desired position. Then you should “brain storm” all your past work experience. Write down everything you have done even if volunteer work. It is still work, after all. Include your duties and skills at each position. You can edit this later.
Next, you will do the same with your education. Gather your information about your highest level of education, additional classes, licenses, certificates, seminars attended, including all dates and details. This could also include skills and strengths such as computer savvy, languages spoken, and professional accomplishments and awards.
After that is done, review your data and highlight everything that is somehow related to the position of your choice in this resume. If you find that a lot of the information you have accumulated...