Your resume is the tool by which you influence an employer’s hiring decision. Its major purpose is to peak an employer’s interest and get you an interview. The following steps and approaches to resume writing will prepare you to write a resume that gets noticed.
Remember your resume must include information that convinces the employer that you have what it takes to do the job well. Employers look for someone who has the best qualifications and will add value to the organization. Employers will be especially interested in a candidate’s training and education, skills, experience, personal attributes (the kind of person you are), results attained from previous work and your accomplishments.
As such, it’s important that your first step of resume writing include a brainstorming session to take stock of and reflect on your attributes. Jot down your work history, achievements, values, education, competencies, personal qualities and other potentially relevant information. Next sort out the information that best meets the employer’s needs. You now have a foundation to draw from when developing your resume.
Perhaps the most important part of a resume is the work history/experience section. This section affords the greatest opportunity for displaying your skills, abilities, responsibilities and accomplishments.
In describing responsibilities held on the job, use action verbs. By starting your phrases with an action verb, you are not only showing that you have a skill, but that you’ve put it to work in a professional capacity (e.g., processed telephone orders).
When describing your work experiences remember to stress your results, promotions, and accomplishments! Indicate that you not only have specific skills, but also show how you have used them successfully. Volunteer and military experience count as well.
J.C. PENNEY CO. Arlington, Texas 2006-Present
Waited on customers in Junior Apparel Department, processed telephone orders, kept accurate records of all sales transactions, and maintained running inventory of departmental stock. Completed a six-week training period within three weeks.
July 2005-2010 Spock Computer Company Houston, Texas
COMPUTER PROGRAMMER/OPERATOR. Converted Computer Center from a small to a large computer system. Filtered, debugged, and tested programs for the converted system. Designed programs requested by Systems Analysts and Computer Manager.
Kelly’s Landing Pawtucket, RI 2006-2008
2007-2009 CASHIER/CLERK (part-time)
Federal Savings Bank
Manderly, MA 09999
Answered customer calls and directed them appropriately.
Prepared monthly statements and recorded payments received: on own initiative reorganized internal mail routing system and wrote up suggestions for improvements in filing system.
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