Student Guide to Landing a Job (part 3)
Do you know that it takes a human resources manager only 6 seconds to look at your resume and decide if he or she is interested in your talents and skills or not? It means that your resume should be attention-grabbing. Let’s look at how you can achieve it.
WHAT SHOULD be in YOUR RESUME?
- Contact Information. This is the number one thing that your resume should include to make it simple for the HR manager to contact you. Contact information should include:
- First & Last Name
- Phone number (include your area code)
- E-mail address
- Mailing address (street number, city, state and your zip code)
- Education. This section should include the list of the educational institutions that you have graduated from, graduation year, and the type of certificate that you have received. If you’re still studying, you can mention the estimated year of completion and the expected type of graduation.
- Significant Work Experience. Write down your jobs in reverse chronological order and include your main responsibilities for each position. If you have had too many jobs, don’t list all of them, just mention the most important ones.
- Volunteer Work and Internships. You can provide information on your internships. Also, if you are actively volunteering, you can add a new section on your resume (good if you’re applying for NGOs).
- Skills. If there are certain skills that weren’t mentioned in relevant work experience section or other resume sections – make a separate list for them. Make sure the skills that you mention are relevant to your prospective job.
OPTIONAL RESUME SECTIONS
If you are done with main sections and still feel that your resume isn’t complete yet, you may include some additional sections.
- Certification and Training. It may include field-specific licenses, computer or accounting certificates, or first aid qualifications,.
- Relevant Coursework. This section will be useful if you don’t have much working experience. Include this section if your academic work is relevant to your prospective job.
- Awards and Honors. Mention your awards and honors if they come from credible and well-recognized sources.
- Leadership Roles. You may have played important roles outside your workplace or college.
- Publications and Presentations. Include this section if writing and presenting are crucial skills for your prospective job.
WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE
There are some things that you should leave out:
- High school information.
- Anything that won’t fit on one page. Identify sections, which are the most important for your prospective job, and remove everything else.
- References. References are usually provided following the request of the HR manager. Don’t waste your resume space with it.
- Use of the first person and pronouns. Don’t use “I”, “my”, “we” and “he” in your CV.
- Unprofessional email addresses. Don’t use e-mails like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It is desirable to use e-mails like firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you’re done, proofread your CV at least two times and ask someone to review it.