There's no telling just how many resumes an employer might get in a day for a job. It's the first impression you make to a prospective employer, and it only takes 10 to 15 seconds to determine if you will be called for an interview. So...
What does it take to write a great resume?
Do your homework.
Make a list of your education, skills, qualifications, work experience, and extracurricular activities before writing your resume.
Building your resume.
Place your name, full mailing address, phone numbers, and e-mail address in a block format at the top of the page.
The type of resume you use depends upon your past experiences. If you are still in school or about to graduate, place your edcuation with relevant class work in reverse chronological order. If you have more work experience, list it first, using action verbs to describe your contribution to the success of the company or organization.
Have things covered.
Always include a cover letter with your resume. The impact of a cover letter is a lot like that of a resume - a good one can get you in the door, and a bad one can get you to tthe bottom of the stack. So use it to make yourself stand out, and don't just rehash your resume. Tell the employer what makes you better suited for the job than your competition and how your skills can help the company succeed.
- Keep the resume to one page.
- Proofread and proofread again. Ask several people to proofread your resume and cover letter. Did you proofread?
- Do not include personal information such as age, gender, marital status, race, height and weight.
- Use a professional e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org won't cut it. Create a new account just for this purpose if you need to.
- No fancy fonts. Use a sans serif font such as Times, Arial, or Helvetica in 10 or 12 points, and don't use scripts or underlining. Use bold or italics if you need to highlight important items.
- Use a good quality, heavy bond paper in white or off-white with matching 9 x 12 envelopes. Do not fold your resume and cover letter when mailing by snail mail.
- Have a list of references ready, but make sure you have permission to use them.