How to Create a Basic Resume

A resume is a structured representation of your work and education history. Formats vary, depending on the type of information you want to provide.

Resume content is extremely important for getting jobs. The employer needs to see a lot of relevant information. In many cases, resumes are computer scanned as part of the screening process, so even the individual words you use need to be well organized.

Creating a Basic Resume Structure

The basic resume format is as follows:

  • Name and contact details: One separate entry with all details.
  • Objective: Your career goal, usually expressed as a specific position or role.
  • Optional summary: A basic synopsis of the important points in the resume. This feature isn't absolutely essential but can provide an overview. It also allows some space for promoting your important information.
  • Skills: These are your basic job skills, like IT help desk customer service skills. Make this a short list of essential skills related to the job for which you are applying.
  • Work history/Experience/Achievements: A few entries in reverse chronological order, including job or internship titles, experience and duties. This should be a clear statement of your work and levels of responsibility. Achievements are common in executive resumes. They can be expressed as quantified values, like budgets, sales, and so on. This allows the employer to gain a sense of your performance.
  • Education: This format must outline all relevant qualifications, training and certifications and give a clear picture of your full spectrum of relevant education.

This is the usual format:

Degrees

  • Name of degree
  • Institution
  • Year of award
  • If appropriate, include courses, like business management and financial management.

Training and certifications

  • Name of certification
  • Institution
  • Year of award

Putting Your Resume Together

A good working resume is a simple, straightforward document. That's also the best way to approach putting your resume together.

Simpler is definitely better:

  • Stick to basics for format: You can add more later, and you'll need to do some reworking for different jobs anyway.
  • Create a template resume: This is the basic information in the resume about education, work history, skills, etc.
  • Make sure your information is relevant: Get rid of information that doesn't relate to the position to create space for important material.
  • Be aware of job situations: If you're going for a job with specific requirements, you must address those requirements as far as possible.

Quality Control for Your Resume

There are also some simple ways to make sure your resume is well presented and always contains the right information for a job:

  • Use essential skills as "keywords:" Make sure all essential skills are displayed in the resume. Use the job ad terminology in the resume.
  • Upgrade your resume: When you get a new job or new qualification, make sure this is entered in the template resume. Do full descriptions on the primary document, so you've got the information available for use.
  • Always check for typos: Typos can be really irritating, and they can also look terrible. Be patient, go through everything and get rid of them.


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