Resume & Career Advice

September 13, 2010

Resume Formats: Choosing the Right Style for your Specific Job Credentials

Selecting the Right Resume Format

Does your resume format complement your career strengths?

A resume is an important marketing tool. It is the first glimpse of your potential employer about how qualified you are to be given the job you are applying for. So out of the hundred resumes an employer checks every day, yours must stand out. Your resume must highlight your accomplishments, skills and experience related to the job you are applying for.

If you are a fresh graduate and lacks related experiences for the job vacancy, don’t fret. You can make use of a resume that highlights your educational background and trainings you underwent while still in the university. This type of resume indicates the schools you have attended, the date you graduated, earned or pursued degree, and most importantly, your GPA. Emphasize on the courses you have taken or major in that makes you qualified for the job. Indicate the strongest and the most pertinent information on the top of your resume. You can also indicate the languages you are proficient with, certificates or licenses, computer or software programs you are good at and on-the-job trainings you have attended. Did you also attend any organization in your school, or joined any voluntary work? Include this information on your resume, so that your employer would know that you are responsible and trustworthy person.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of working experiences or other job-relevant information, you would want to make use of a resume that highlights these experiences. You can jot down your related work experiences from previous to the most recent. Include work, volunteer positions, appointments, assistantships, internships and any other activities applicable to the job you’re applying for. However, do not include everything. Note which of the work-related experiences are relevant to your goals and what is required from the ad and qualifications. You can pick one work experience and write a short description of your key responsibilities and accomplishments in the job. Always organize your content according to the most important and make use of verbs and professional words and correlate job-specific terms.

Remember, your resume is the first glimpse of the employer regarding your potential for the job vacancy. Make sure it stands out by making use of formats applicable to your experiences and skills.

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May 17, 2010

How to Write a Competitive Entry-Level Resume

Competition in the job market is tough and you can only wish that you had enough work experience to stay afloat. As such, an entry level resume or what seems to be an incomprehensive one seems not enough to market your professional profile to give you a fighting chance for that job you’re targeting on. So, the first step is to focus on the goal – target to create a competitive resume with enough patience and courage to complete it.

To create a compelling entry level resume requires that you do not underestimate your experiences that may take the place of formal previous employment. Internships, trainings and seminars, part-time work, and similar activities are best laid out on your resume highlighting the skills you have acquired during such experiences. Involvement with non-profit work may even show a potential employer a glimpse of your character. These factors are key and will potentially set you apart from the pack.

Choose your resume format wisely. Since chronological resumes focus on work history, it is best to employ the skills format – which will emphasize your skills and abilities learned from various work and non-work experiences. The skills format is also employed by non-entry-level job seekers who have great skill qualifications but who may not be as attractively presented to an employer via the traditional resume format.

Highlight your educational achievements. An entry-level job seeker may choose to list down his educational history on top of his resume to emphasize qualifications obtained from school. If you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, this must be indicated along with other achievements and recognitions that you received. Courses, projects, and extracurricular relevant to the position applied for must also be described.

Stand out but be simple and professional. Some resumes go as far as using flashy colors and designs for uniqueness – this turns off employers. The last thing you would want to do as an entry-level job seeker is to show your inexperience through a bizarre resume style. Use a professional email address and choose a legible font style and size. Black is the best font color while light shades of pastel are best for a resume paper, with the right size.

There is always a competitive resume for a determined entry-level job seeker. If you find it really challenging to market yourself for a particular position, a professional resume writer can easily help you recognize your strengths and search for pointers that can compensate for weaknesses in your career profile.

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