Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Building Your Resume

Whether or not you are chosen for an interview or not depends a great deal on the first impression of your resume, including both the format and the language you use to communicate your skills, abilities, and experience. Your resume must elicit a strong response that indicates that you are the best option for the organization's needs. 

Essential Information to Include:

  • Full name and contact information, including telephone number, e-mail, and street address. If you have a professional website, this would also be important to list. Avoid including social networking sites that are for personal use.
  • Work experience
  • Education and schooling relevant to the position.
  • A summary of qualifications or skills and abilities you bring to the job. 
  • Awards and recognition.

Chronological Style Resume

  • The traditional resume format is a Chronological presentation of your work experience and qualifications. Other formats include Functional (skills-based) and Hybrid (combination), but these are not very popular with hiring managers in 2022. 
  • Executive Summary or Objective - A brief 2-4 sentence summary of the skills and/or work experience that you wish to highlight or your objective in applying for a given position.
  • List the specifics of your work experience in reverse chronological order.
  • Include work history and education.

There may be gaps in your employment history that could create tension or awkwardness. Careful and creative wording can help present special circumstances in the best possible light. Honesty is the best policy if you are asked to explain times of unemployment for any reason such as extended illness, disability, caring for a loved one, incarceration, or just times when you could not find a job.

 Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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