August 17, 2022

Resume Building


Let's talk about resumes!

Suppose you are writing a resume for the first time or trying to change careers. You may have that dreadful feeling of not knowing where to start. Writing a resume can make you feel defeated, mainly because it can be time-consuming and laborious. Hopefully, today's blog post on resume building will provide some insight.  

First, you must focus on what skills and experience to include on your resume, especially if you don't have a preexisting one to work with. List all of your skills and experience to create a 'master resume'. From the master resume, you can then extract relevant information to then create a tailored resume for the career you’re pursuing.  

When starting a resume, there are always questions on what style to select, the length, and what to include. The specific style and length of your resume depends on the kind of career you want to pursue. Some jobs require a particular style, some require more length. You must figure out the resume requirements for the career you want to pursue before then tailoring a resume to it. Here is where a master resume can come in handy. Once you figure out the requirements, you simply paste the relevant information from your master resume to the tailored resume for the career. (If you don't know the length requirements for the resume, keep it to a page.) If, after tailoring your resume, you're wondering if the information you have on the resume is sufficient, pay attention to the job description. A job description helps determine what employers hope to see on your resume. It can also help you narrow down the information you want to include in your resume.  

Now for the styles of resumes. As mentioned earlier, there are a few different styles of resumes, and the type to be used is dependent on the career. However, if there are no requirements, it is up to your judgment. The three styles of resumes that tend to be used more often are chronological, functional, and combination. A chronological resume is formatted with the most recent information first. Your information will be in reverse chronological order.  

Ex. Education  

      Bachelor of Science 2022  

      Associate of Art 2018  

The functional resume focuses more on skills and experience. A functional resume can help highlight your potential to prospective employers.  

Lastly, the combination resume combines the chronological and functional resumes. This resume aids in showing your experience through the years and highlighting your accomplishments.  

Remember that when formatting your resume, it is unnecessary to include a creative element(s) unless needed for the career you’re pursuing. A basic formatted resume can do the trick, and it removes distractions. Below are two sections that can help you create the content for your resume.

Not sure what to include in a resume? Here is a list of sections you can add to your resume.

  • Education
  • Skills
  • Languages
  • Computer (Ex. Microsoft Word)
  • Conferences/Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Work Experience
  • Job Shadowing
  • Internship Experience
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Class Projects
  • Papers/Presentations
  • Research
  • Independent Projects
  • Honors/Awards
  • Organizations/Clubs

Note: It is up to you how you manage your sections. That is, what you want included or not, as well as if you want to merge sections.

Want to show what you've done, but don't know how to showcase your accomplishments on your resume? Follow the steps below.

Action Verb + Task + Result = Accomplishment

Ex. Balanced check payments, identifying and resolving discrepancies immediately

Ex. Created and organized annual “Feed the Homeless” events within my community

Note: Your accomplishments will showcase your skills as well.