How To Write a Resume
Resume writing a first impression of you with an employer so it’s important to write it a good favorable one. First impressions last and most definitely can get an applicant to the next step – the interview. All the effort spent on writing a good looking resume is worth it; especially if it helps you land an interview for that exciting internship or job you are hoping to get. The tips below will help you write a resume that gets results.
Resume formating is very important and provides the necessary information in a logical, easy to read sequence. The use of underlines, italics, bold, and all caps can guide the employer through the resume with ease. Consistency is key when writing a resume and helps make the information on the resume simple for employers to read and understand.
What About You?
The potential employer wants to know your name, address, phone number, and email address on the top of the first page of your resume. Personal information such as marital status, age, religion, political affiliation are not included on a resume and are illegal questions for employers to ask.
Why are You Writing?
The objective can immediately help employer to identify the position which you are applying. A Summary of Qualifications (optional) can offer a list of your skills and accomplishments right at the very beginning of your resume.
White Space on Resume.
Try to keep margins to 1″ all around the edges of the resume and include some spacing within the resume to give it a fresh, professional look.
Write Several Resumes.
Be prepared to change your resume based on position in which you are applying for. You may choose to change the information provided or you may just change the order in which you present the information.
Focus on the Qualifications of the Position.
Each resume should be the result of researching the employer and reviewing the position description if possible.
One Page Resume.
For internships and entry level positions, one page is sufficient. One you have been in the workforce for ten years or more or if you have had extensive lab experiences or publications, two pages may be required. Be sure to put your name and page 2 at the top of the second page of the resume.
How Does it Look?
Once you have included all the information and have checked for consistency and formatting, take a good look at how the resume looks and if it is professional. The overall look and appeal of the resume will provide the employer with a lasting first impression of you as an applicant.