Professional Resume Writing – Basic Elements
There are some basic elements that are necessary in all resumes. Begin with your identification, followed by a striking introductory paragraph, work experience and education.
Your identification consists of your name and contact information. Display your full name, even if you are commonly known by your nick name. Barbie, Barb or Babs will not be perceived as professional as Barbara J. Mackie. Be sure to consider the same when adding your email address. If you are still using a hotmail or aol account with a nickname, create a new one.
An introductory paragraph must include the “wow” factor in order to entice the potential employer to read on. Do not sell yourself short!
Your work experience should clearly note the job title and the dates consisting of the year but not the months of each position. The emphasis should be on quantifiable accomplishments using the appropriate terminology. Don’t date yourself by using “old-fashioned language”.
Education details should be clear and concise, noting the name of the institution, the designation and the year acquired. Be sure to accurately list the degree or diploma received as it sometimes varies depending on the state or country such as an Honours or Honors Degree.
Professional memberships, volunteer work and honours and achievements are all optional. If they will enhance your resume, include them. If you are in doubt, leave them out.
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