Your resume is only as good as the information you have provided. Make sure to prepare with this list.
If you are struggling in crafting your perfect resume then here is the thing you are not alone. According to a recent study that we conducted, there are only 24% of professional that described themselves as “confident in their resume – writing ability”. That clearly means there are 76% of professionals are insecure about their resume writing skills and resume as a whole.
With that said, if you are planning to use a professional resume writing service or want to write it by yourself. It is very important for you to take some time to get prepare for your resume rewrite. Your resume will be as good as the information you provide or if you have hired a writer then the information on that the writer has to work with. Collect all the necessary details ahead of time to help you in crafting a powerful document that can effectively tell your story and markets your qualifications to help you land a job that you are looking for.
1. Contact information
While the heading makes it quite obvious for you, but there are some factors that you need to consider. For example, how you will display your name? are you going to use a nickname or you are to use your full name on all of your personal branding materials such as your LinkedIn profile, business cards, and online portfolio or blog.
Choose one email address and phone number to include on your resume. I recommend you to create an email address that is dedicated to your job search activities only and add your phone number on the resume. These steps will give you the ability to control the voicemail conversation.
2. Online presence
According to a Jobvite social recruiting survey, 93% of recruiters will search for your online profiles before they make a decision to interview you. Save them some time and include the URL of your LinkedIn profile.
Other than the LinkedIn account, you should include any links that are somehow relevant to your work, such as a blog, portfolio, or personal website. You may include links of your other social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, etc.,
3. Sample job descriptions
When you are in the process of writing a perfect job resume, it needs to be crafted in a way that it should support a specific job goal. One of the best ways to ensure your resume is to make sure that your resume is properly positioned is to identify sample job descriptions that you have interest in and qualified to perform.
Spend some time to search online and gather some job postings to represent the type of job you are targeting. It doesn’t matter if the location is ideal for you. You should be concerned with the job description and its requirements.
Copy and paste the description itself into a word or Google document and then highlight the requirements and skills from the posting that you possess. This will help you or your writer to identify your qualifications that need to be showcased throughout your resume.
4. Technical skills and proficiencies
What technical platforms and tools you are proficient in? You need to list all that apply to your work. Be specific and comprehensive throughout your resume. You can include anything from your social media platforms to computer languages and project management. In the past, if you have worked with proprietary platforms, you can list those as well.
5. Your professional experience
Start with the most recent work and then proceed to backward. A perfect resume should include all of your professional positions within the past 10-15 years. If you held a board position or served in the military, then list this experience as you would any other role in the work history.
If you recently graduated then you can include your internships or any work experience since you entered college.
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For each job role, you need to list the following information:
- Job Title
- Start and End Dates
- Job Description
If you are updating your existing resume then you can include these new details in the section. There is no need to repeat anything that already appears in your current resume.
6. Early career history
If you have been in the professional workforce for over 15 years, then chances are you might have a few positions that got left out of the previous section. Before getting started to write the resume, make a list of the job titles that you held, locations where you have worked, the name of the employers, and your dates of employment for these job roles. While these dates will not going to be used in your resume but it good to have a clear record of each and everything for the writer.
7. Volunteer work
Have you been actively volunteering with any non-profit organization? SBV (Skills-based volunteering) is an amazing way to fill an employment gap when you are trying to change your careers. List any volunteer work that you have done and if it is relevant to your current job goals. List down in chronological order by starting with your most recent work.
If you are new to the workforce then you may include campus activities or clubs in which you actively participated.
It is very important for a perfect resume to include the name of the organization with its URL, the position that you have held, years of involvement, responsibilities, and contributions to the non-profit.
If you don’t have any volunteer work to mention then you may visit Catchafire and VolunteerMatch.
8. Professional affiliations
List relevant professional organization or affiliations that you are a member of. For each group, mention the name and URL, when you became the member and the positions that you have held. If you have taken an active role in the organization, describe your job responsibilities, and any notable achievements.
9. Language skills
Language skills are a great selling point on your resume. If there is more than one language in which you are proficient. Be sure to list each language that you speak along with the proficiency level.
10. Education and professional development
You must create a record of all of your education and you should start with your most degree. List the name of the institution, location, the name of your degree, major and minor, graduation year, and any honors that are associated with the degree. Do the same for the relevant certifications that you have obtained.
11. Third-party feedback
Have you ever received positive customer feedback or great performance testimonials? If yes, then include that information in your preparation material as well. You or your resume writer may be able to work with some of its information into your resume to demonstrate your hard and soft skills in the workplace.
While all this may feel a lot of work to you but by taking some time to examine your career now, you will see the benefits on your new resume.
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