To write an effective resume, include the following information on your resume.
The objective should be very short and does not need to be a complete sentence. An ideal objective tells the employer exactly what you are applying for. A good way to accomplish this is to use the title of the position you are interested in.
Objective: Customer Service Representative at company XYZ.
The summary of qualifications section is your opportunity to really shine. This section should include 5-8 bullet points of the most important information an employer should know about you. Speak to the specific skills and qualifications you have that make you the perfect candidate for the job. For example, if you have previous experience in the field or specialized training in a certain aspect of the job, list it here. Once again, use bullet points that begin with action verbs. Determine what you have to offer that the other candidates don’t and use that to your advantage.
In general, I recommend that people do not include their high school on their resume. Once college coursework has begun, the high school information is not as important. In addition, it may give the reader more information than you want them to know.
Be sure to spell the name of your college(s) correctly. Lake Land College is three words and does not include “community.” This is important. Think about the impression you are making if you don’t know how to spell the name of the college you attended.
The main information in this section will include the name of the college, city and state where it is located, the degree you are working toward and the program of study you are in and your expected graduation date.
Bullet points in this section could include your GPA (if 3.0 or above), clubs and organization you are involved with and special awards or recognition you have received.
This section is very important because it not only tells the reader where you worked, but gives you the chance to really sell your skills.
The main information should include the company name, city and state where it is/was located, title of the position you held and dates of when you worked there. The dates should include month and year of the beginning and end of your employment.
Your bullet points are critical in this section. They should begin with action verbs, of course, so make sure your list is handy when you start writing. Include five to seven bullet points per job. If at all possible, create bullet points that speak to skills and responsibilities that will also be needed in the job you are applying for. Be sure that the bullet points state what you did, not the position you held.
There are several additional headings that can be included on your resume. Some of these include: Additional Training, Volunteer Experience and Cooperative or Internship Experience. You must consider your personal situation and determine if any of the additional headings are appropriate for you. Just remember to format these sections in the same way you do the rest of your resume.