How to Write an Effective Resume
I mentioned before I wanted to add more content to my blog besides beauty posts. Aside from being a licensed cosmetologist, I have a Masters Degree in both Business Administration and Human Resource Management each with a focus on Marketing. Therefore, there's tons of information that I want to share on my updated platform. Over the past 6 years or so, I've written professional resumes for other people to help them land the interview and jobs they've desperately wanted. Not to toot my own horn, but they've all received compliments on their resumes and of course, they got the job. I really wasn't sure what was happening or what was taken place, but it's clear to me that since I've helped so many people in the past, I wanted to open it up for whomever else needed/desired the help.
Over the years, I've looked at many different resumes and I've noticed a few things that I believe will help you improve your current resume and help it stand out amongst a resume of many.
1. Create a profile that stands out and looks professional. Your professional profile is the first thing that recruiters view when looking at your resume and based on its content and the font, it's going to help them decide if they actually want to look at your entire resume. Your professional profile should include your name, physical address (no P.O. Boxes), Contact Phone number, and a professional email (stop using your email address that has the crazy characters and your childhood nickname, your first and last name is a great idea). If you want, you can include a brief summary of yourself and your skills for example "Charming Salesman with Drive and Excellent Customer Service"
2. Include an Objective: Depending on the type of resume you're providing, an Objective is not needed, but in a classic, traditional sense... you need to let the recruiter/employer know exactly what you're trying to gain with your resume.
3. Professional Experience/Work Experience: This part of your resume can either make or break your chances for even getting an interview. Recruiters/Employers are looking for a few things from this part of your resume. How long have you been working on the job? What were your job duties (how detailed/specific)? Do your skills/experience match their job requirements. In this portion of your resume, you only need to display your last three jobs. They aren't interested in all the jobs you've worked in your entire life, neither are they interested in the job you worked fresh out of high school. Include only the jobs you believe best fit the job you're going after. ELIMINATE Bullet points. In the past having a list of your job duties seemed ideal and many of the resumes I've seen were just a bunch of bullet points. There wasn't any detail to even peak my interest. Instead of having a list of bullet points, create small descriptions using 3-4 sentences of your job duties. For example, You wouldn't say, "filed paperwork" and leave it at that. Instead, you would say, "Filed paperwork by placing them in chronological order and alphabetizing them in proper categories"
Only include relevant coursework and/or certifications in this particular section of your resume. For example, I'm a licensed cosmetologist. I have the license and the diploma to show that I've been to hair school. I'm not going to list this on my resume if I'm applying for a desk job working at a computer all day. The hiring manager doesn't need to know that I know how to relax hair and color his/her tresses if needed. If I'm applying for a job in a salon or at a makeup counter then that information will be more than relevant.
A list of your skills is great to have on your resume. Most Employers want to know how skilled you are in technology, how well you work with others, can you work well under pressure and stay focused, can you work well without supervision? If these are relevant skills to help you land the job, list them on your resume.
To list your references or not to list your references is the ultimate question. Depending on the type of resume you are writing, you could skip this part and end your resume with "References available upon request" or you can list three relevant work-related references on your resume. Make sure they are work-related references from someone you know you can trust to give you a great reference. They aren't interested in a reference from your best friend or aunt.
This is the beginning of my series dedicated to Resume Building to help you with your resume and help you stand out amongst all the other applicants going for the job you want.
Have questions? Need me to review your resume? Help you Improve the one you currently have? Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
-xo Kelly Nicole