The resume is by far the most common type of job application. You’ll probably see and hear of many applicants who just send in a single resume and are easily working the next day. Usually, these are for relatively unskilled jobs, such as a waiters, laborers, retail assistants etc. However, if your resume is badly formatted, difficult to read and has skills that are not relevant to the job, then regardless of the job, you will not get accepted. This article will help you to write a resume and secure that job.
First of all, you should use your name as the title of the resume. Your contact details should be just underneath or very close to your name. Include your address, phone, mobile numbers, your email address and other contact information if possible. If you make it easier for the employer to contact you, then they’ll be more willing to do so.
You should then proceed to list your previous experience or skills relevant to the job. If you do not have any prior experience, then you should list your education first and then followed by the relevant skills associated with the job at hand. Be sure not to overdo the education section, as the employers’ are not very interested about your personal life. You should aim to include any awards or achievements that you have gotten at school that could relate to the job. For example, if you won the most valuable player award for the basketball team, then you could list this. Then in the skills section, you could legitimately say that you have excellent teamwork abilities, because of your sporting achievements.
This is another thing to keep in mind. Including the extracurricular activities that you have participated in can give you that extra boost over other applicants. This is because employers are looking for those who take initiative and are willing to work hard, and extracurricular activities are a great way to show that you can do these things.
After the main points, you can decide to list your interests or hobbies. This can just give the employer a rough idea of who you are, but if you are more interested in getting the job, you can leave this part out.
The last part of the resume is the referrals or references. In my opinion, this is quite an important part of the resume because it shows that you are networked at your previous employment and employer reader your resume can verify this information. Many people tend to leave this part off by saying “References provided upon request”, which is a big mistake. If you legitimately don’t have any experience, then you should have indirectly said this in the beginning by saying that you’re a student, or something similar. This would mean that stating “References provided upon request” wouldn’t be such of a mistake.