Often, it is difficult to consolidate all your expertise and capabilities into a two-page resume and create an impression at the same time. No matter how ahead you are of your race, you need to carefully and precisely craft your resume with the right balance of a professional template and the relevant content.
Consider these general points while writing your professional resume.
What to Include on Your Resume
The following sections are normally included in a professional resume.
These are the most basic and mandatory personal information on a resume. It commonly includes your name, residing address, contact numbers and email address. You may also add links to your personal website or social media profiles like LinkedIn profile to add credibility to your resume and demonstrate your technical expertise. Make sure the contact details you provide are valid and current ones. After all, the motive of creating a resume is to get a phone call or an email invitation to an interview from recruiters.
Career Objective/ Qualifications Summary
Most times the career objective is the opening phrase of a resume. A career objective states your work-related goals and what skills you possess to achieve them. For entry level and mid-level job positions, this might be sufficient. However, if you are an engineer applying for a senior level position, then you might want to ‘open’ your resume with a Qualifications Summary section. This will bullet-list all the skills and expertise you have acquired through your professional career and help hiring managers decide easier whether you are a potential candidate for the job.
Professional Experience/Work History
This section is of importance only if you are an experienced professional. If you are a school or college grad with minimum work experience, then your area of highlight should be the Skills and Education sections. In that case, you may exclude the Work History section in your resume.
However, if you are an experienced professional, this is one of the key areas of highlight that recruiters want to see. This section should be bullet-listed and in reverse chronological order i.e. you will start with the most recent experience and come down in order to the first. In other words, your biggest accomplishment should be in the first bullet point that you write. However, you could also choose from other resume formats if the chronological order does not suit your career graph.
This section is also usually in reverse chronological order with the highest qualification first coming down to high school. It is of importance mainly for candidates with no experience. Include your school/college name, year of attending and GPA obtained if it is of relevance to the applying job. Otherwise, you can push it down to the bottom of your resume with only the list of all degrees obtained.
Have you acquired any on-the-job training or certifications that are relevant to the current job? Then use this section to highlight them and come across as a potentially valuable hire to the recruiters.
Any additional skills that may be relevant to your resume can be furnished here. E.g. Computer skills for a receptionist or knowledge of software like AutoCAD for software engineers.