Career Talk 101: Creating Resumes

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Creating Resumes
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In pursuing and building a career, resumes are the first and crucial step of the journey. This sheet of paper or file will be your basis for a new and healthy career, and along the way, your resumes will be updated with your current status, recognitions and awards, gap years, and promotions. To broaden your knowledge about the topic, this article will discuss all resumes from writing, formatting, listing, updating, and to benefits.

What are resumes?

Resumes are the formal documents used in job applications and interviews. It can be placed on printed paper or a software copy. This material contains all about your personal information, educational background, level of education finished, professional background, skills, competencies, capabilities, personality, and many more. Traditionally, this is made if a person is aspiring to land a new job. There are many types of resumes, and occasionally the format and context of a resume depend on the job applied for. 

How do you create a resume? 

There are specific and helpful steps you can use if you are writing a resume. One helpful and common tool used in resume writing is the internet; with this privilege, you can browse and look for which resume sample is appropriate for the applied job. 

1. Start off with an introduction 

Introductions are not really a requirement in resumes but knowing how to properly and confidently introduce yourself makes an employer see your potential for the job; it also shows your enthusiasm in getting the chance for a job interview. Written or oral, you should be able to present yourself confidently. 

2. List skills and competencies

This portion of your resume should be the highlight of the whole document; it needs to be well-written, well-listed, and well presented. Your listed skill will be the basis of an employer whether or not you have what it takes to take on the job and if you have amazing qualities that could guarantee impactful work.

3. Write your personal information

Your personal information is the most important part of your resume; this helps the employer get to know you based on your given description. This portion of your resume consists of your name, age, date of birth, current residency, employment, level of education, and personal background. 

4. Write your contact information

As much as it is important to list your skills and competencies for the job, writing your personal information is really important too. Employers will need a way to contact you for updates regarding the application sent. This portion is where you will write all the necessary contact information needed such as your active phone number, email address, and social media account.

5. Proofread

Proofreading is crucial in any written document, including your resume. This tip will help you identify grammatical errors, sentences that need to be rephrased, and more editing. Doing so will help you create a lasting impression on the employer, letting them know that you take the job seriously and professionally. 

Tips for creating an effective resume

1. Customize

Your resume should fit the requirements and keywords given depending on the job you applied for. Every field of work requires a different format for writing a resume and cover letter. For instance, if you are applying for a role as a content writer, your resume should contain relevant information about it, like knowing how to write well and effectively.

2. Do not over-personalize your resume

Yes, your resume contains information about you and it tells an employer all about your capabilities and skills, you should still consider limiting the information written especially when it has nothing in connection with the job. For example, writing about your childhood pet when the job applied for was to become a nurse. See the logic? Thus, irrelevancy and overloading information is not necessary to write in a resume, also given the circumstance that this is a formal document.

3. Do not write false or excessive information

Commonly speaking, most employers’ main goal in writing a resume is to create a good impression on the employers, causing them to sugarcoat their resumes just to get a high chance of landing the job. Writing excessive information on your resume will only build up a false reputation and fraud. When writing a resume, it is really important if you only write the information necessary with all honesty and clarity.

Conclusion

Writing resumes and applying for a job is the first step in building a career. Over time, you’ll get the chance to upgrade and improve your skills which will help you in the long run. In this way, you’ll be able to get higher-paying jobs and build a stronger career.

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