Are you in the lookout for your first job after high school? Well, what you need is the perfect resume to market your capabilities to recruiters. But isn’t a resume mainly used to demonstrate an individual’s professional expertise and skills? Being just out of high school and with apparently no work experience to speak of, how do you make one? Read ahead for the perfect guide to your resume writing.
Types of resumes
As a matter of fact, resumes can be can be classified depending on their key focus areas and the arrangement of content.
In an experience-oriented resume, the area of focus is the work experience and career history that the individual possesses. In such a resume, the sections placed in the fore-front are the Career Highlights, Work History and Professional Skills and Expertise. The Education and other sections trail with lesser details and importance. Hence, such a resume is normally opted by working professionals with a lot of experience in the applied job position.
In a skills-oriented resume, the key area of highlight will be the Skills section. This type of resume is usually recommended if you do not have a steady and solid work experience, but possess wide-ranging skills that you think can be put to use in your prospective job. People with no steady career graph or school and college graduates with no formal experience but equipped with a few skills that are atleast distantly relevant to the job can opt for this type of resume.
In an education-oriented resume, the area of focus is obviously the Education Section with details including name of coursework, name of the institution, year or duration of attending the course and the grades obtained. The Education section will be closely followed by details of any certifications, training, scholarship or awards and honors that you may have received as part of your course. This type of resume is most suitable for high school or college students looking for their first job.
Based on the three types of arrangement in a resume, we have resume formats like chronological, functional and combination.
So now that you know the different types of resumes, it is easier for you to choose your ideal format. Entry level resumes are all about the skills a candidate has. In order to cover up your missing experience section and to bring the hiring manager’s focus onto your job relevant skills and qualifications, it is best to opt for a skills-based or education-based resume. This format highlights your skills and academic qualifications relating to the field, leaving a positive first impression on the potential employer.
Writing your resume
Like a good education plan, your resume should also have clear points and should be structured in an easy to follow format. Keep what is most important for you and what you want to highlight to your hiring managers in the front-center. A sample format for a fresher’s resume should contain the following critical elements although you can include any other optional sections that you consider relevant.
- Name and Contact information like street address, phone number and email address
- Career Objective
- Skills and Accomplishments
- Education History
- Relevant Coursework and
- Certifications, Awards and Honors
- Additional Skills
The Career Objective section is the opening statement of your resume. Many overlook the importance of this section. However, this is a highly evaluated section which the hiring managers consider, to develop a preliminary judgement of your suitability to the job. Therefore, mention here your skills, qualifications and career goals clearly and precisely. Keep in mind that your objective should state how you are capable of contributing to the job and NOT what you want from the job.
Seeking an elementary and/or middle school teaching position, where I can apply my teaching skills and knowledge to help students improve their performance and their ability to think on a higher level.
Education and Course Work
Being inexperienced, you could highlight any Education degree and/or classroom experience relevant to the job to add to your potential. Mention any coursework, part or not part of your curriculum, that you have attended and you think can be helpful in this job.
Certifications, Awards and Honors
Since you are writing an education-based resume, any certifications and/or training you have undergone can be mentioned here. If you have obtained a scholarship or been awarded for an achievement, put them all here. Even if they are of not much relevance to the applying job, it will help to show your hiring manager your intellect and your enthusiasm in achieving merits.
This section is to boost your potential in the eyes of your prospective employer. Highlight any skills that are not acquired as part of your formal education, but you think will be of relevance in the job you’re applying. For instance, if you are applying as a primary school teacher, you can list any experience with kids, tutoring in any subject, coaching or training in any skills, babysitting etc. in this section.
Arrange atleast two or three credible people that can attest your qualities, work abilities and skills. As a student, you can ask any of your teachers, coaches or school counselor to vouch for you. Communicate with them ahead in time and keep a list of their contact details. However, you do not have to put them in your resume. A simple “Reference available on request” is sufficient. Give the details only when you’re asked for.