Student Editor: Andrea G.
It’s admittedly easier to talk about someone else than about yourself. That is why writing résumés are so hard. More than that, it is also difficult to know which jobs, skills, or achievements are worthwhile and will make a difference between a paycheck and sitting at home eating 10 cent Ramen Noodles. Here we offer a helpful guide for writing your best résumé and getting hired!
Make a list of the events that you have participated in. It is important to take preparation time and really think about the things that you have done. Do not dismiss any single event, because although you may think it is not important, it can still be listed in your résumé. Any job, volunteer activity, certification, or conference matters. Even though you may think a line on your résumé is not important, it could make a difference to your potential employer! Never reject an experience because even though you may not know it, it could be the one line that gets you the job. Also, remember that you should not lie on a résumé. Honesty is crucial, and you will be asked about these items later! Be truthful and let the employers hire you for your true abilities. Once you create your list, we can proceed to the following steps to organize the items in your list to be presented in chronological order.
Organize your events in chronological order. If possible, give exact dates of when you began that event and when you finished. List events in chronological order from most recent to the eldest events. Also, give locations of where that event took place, because it tells employers about your openness to new experiences and ability to adapt to new environments. Now, we can begin to list the events in your résumé by matter of importance.
A résumé is not just a document that tells employers about your experience, but it also allows them to see what matter to you. So, go down your résumé, and make sure the items that you wrote in your résumé are rewarding and really speak to who you are. This allows for a great conversation during an interview where you can further explain about why you participated in that event and what you learned from the experience.
List a few details about the important events in your résumé. Use action words that are specific, concise, and descriptive. You can find examples of good action words for résumés here: http://career.opcd.wfu.edu/files/2011/05/Action-Verbs-for-Résumés.pdf. Finally, list your skills that make you a valuable employee. No skill is insignificant. Even having the ability to use specific types of software or communication skills are valuable to a job. For ideas about skills that apply to your résumé, follow this link: http://theinterviewguys.com/skills-to-put-on-a-résumé/# .
Finally, find a template that works for you. You can create your own, or find one online. There are thousands of résumé templates, but it is crucial that you find one that can fit all your items on one page, has consistency, and allows you to show the chronological order and location of your events.
Your résumé is now ready to be discovered by potential employers! Remember that you want your potential job to fit you, so it is important to be honest in your résumé. It will allow you to showcase your personality and have a great interview. You will also find satisfaction in the fact that you were the best person for the job, and you will have the opportunity to expand on your human capital. So get out there and invest in a great résumé!