When constructing a resume, there are some basics that anyone looking to succeed with their resume knows about. Below, we discuss the most basic elements involved in constructing a resume, along with common considerations that one should have in relation to constructing a resume that sells their best qualifications and candidacy as an applicant.
Know What the Employer Wants
The first place to start in constructing a resume that wins you an interview for a position that you are interested in, is to know exactly what the employer is looking for-both in your resume and in an applicant. You can do this by carefully reviewing and re-reviewing the information that is listed in the job posting. Often, there will be ample detail about what key skills, accountabilities, education, and characteristics they require in an applicant-as well as these same aspects that they would prefer to see, but do not require. This will help you better understand what aspects of your career history and experience to include and focus on in your resume to them, and what points perhaps, to omit.
Find a Professional Template
The next step in constructing a resume for success is to find a professional resume template for your resume, so that you do not have to worry about how many spaces to include and how to indent, etc etc in your resume; you can just input your information where it tells you to. This can save you a lot of time and hassle.
As you will see from the resume template that you use, the first part of your resume construction should deal with your heading. The heading is the part of the resume that includes your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. It is advised that you present your full name in a slightly larger font and with bolding, to make it stand out slightly. Do not make it too large or too stylized-as this looks unprofessional.
The next part of your resume construction deals with an objective. While this is an optional piece of your resume, it is recommended as it shows an employer in a concise fashion what your career goals are. A good objective will discuss in 1-2 sentences what the career goals of the applicant are, what career value will help them achieve this, and implicitly how this is related to the position to which they are applying. So, a good objective might be something like: Seeking a professional financial position that will allow me to build upon my excellent knowledge of, ten years experience in, and passion for finance.
Once you have an objective in place, it’s time to start constructing the employment history section of your resume. This section will list from most recent all of your previous positions of employment in the last 5-10 years. Include the name of the company, the position you held, the dates that you were employed, the city and state in which it was located, and bullet points of your most stellar achievements and responsibilities. If you are limited in your professional experience-such as less than two years experience-it is recommended that you include education prior to the professional experience section-as it is more relevant.
The next section to construct is that of your professional education. In this section, you want to list the most recent education you have had-and all previous education; excepting high school. If you have only high school education to report, just include this and applicable details of degree, dates attended, high school name, degree obtained, and coursework that is relevant. If, you have higher education, list it most recent to least, with relevant information to include: dates attended, degree obtained, location of school, name of school, honors and achievements if applicable, major field of study, GPA if above a 3.0, and any other achievements that may be of interest to an employer.
Skills and/or Awards and Other Relevant Experience
The last section(s) of the resume that should be constructed depends upon the specific experience of the applicant, and can be used as an “other” section to include volunteer work, achievements, awards, certifications, licenses, and/or skills. Whatever section(s) you choose to use to denote your other experience, make sure to categorize them in their appropriate sections for easy review.