This article was originally published on ComeRecommended.com.
This week, let’s go back to the basics. Having all the right information on your resume is essential if you want to be considered for any job. Leaving out vital information can really hurt you and could cost you the interview. To make sure you give yourself the best shot at interviewing with a company, here is a simple checklist to help you write (or re-write) your resume:
At the top and center of your resume, include the name you wish to be called. Make it bigger and bolder than the rest of the text on the page. It needs to stand out.
2. Contact Information
Directly underneath your name, along the top of the page, include your contact information. This means your current address, phone number, and email address. If you’re willing or plan to relocate for the job, write that as well. If you have your own professional website or digital portfolio, include the link with your contact information. Finally, depending on your industry, it might be wise to include a link to your Twitter or LinkedIn profiles (use your best judgment on this one).
If you’re a student or recent grad, your education information should go at the top of your resume. As soon as you have experience more noteworthy than your education, however, move it down on the page and move your experience section up. Important information to include in this section are your school, location, degree, major(s) and minor(s), and graduation or expected graduation date. If you have a strong GPA, you may include that, as well.
Next, the largest section of your resume should be your relevant experiences. These can include jobs, internships, student and professional organizations, volunteer experiences, and anything else you think might be relevant. They should also be carefully examined and tailored for each job application. Make the details matter.
For each experience, you need to include your job title, the name of the company or organization, the location, dates worked, and a few bullet points highlighting your accomplishments. Don’t just list what you were required to do in the role; instead, list what you achieved in the role.
Another section you need to tailor for each job application is the skills section. This can just be a list of hard and soft skills you’ve picked up through your various experiences. The hard skills should be specific to your industry. For example, if you’re a journalist, your hard skills might include news writing, editing, and research. Others might include knowledge of a foreign language, proficiency in certain computer software, and more.
The soft skills are universal and can be applied to any job. They include leadership, problem solving, collaboration, adaptability, flexibility, and more. You can include some of these in your resume, especially if they were mentioned in the job description.
6. Professional Affiliations
If you are actively involved in a student or professional organization, it can go in the experience section of your resume. If you are not active but would still like to emphasize your affiliation, you can list it this section of your resume. Don’t forget to include how long you’ve been a member.
Finally, you should list any honors or awards you’ve been granted throughout your professional life. Noteworthy scholarships, making the dean’s list, and any other awards are a great way to wrap up your resume. However, if your honors (and even your professional affiliations) will take you over one page, it’s best to leave these sections off.
If you include all seven of these items on your resume, you will better your chance at impressing a hiring manager, landing an interview, and scoring a job. From your education to your skills, each piece is essential. Go through this checklist whenever you write or re-write your resume down the road.
What other items do you like to include in your resume?