The time-honored method of creating resumés that’s been the standard for the past few decades has evolved. Not everyone centers a “Job objective” near the top of the page anymore—that’s usually suggested for people just entering the job market. (Sample job objective: I am looking for a management position where I can use my expertise in staff recruitment and retention, project management, and customer sales.”)
More experienced job seekers can substitute a short professional profile or summary. (Sample profile: I served as a customer services specialist and gained extensive management experience. due to my strong interpersonal skills. I have certification in employee mediation and teambuilding and am an innovative problem solver. While I was the customer service manager, customer satisfaction was increased by 30%.)
You’re not required to use either one. But one thing you should keep in mind is that recruiters don’t slowly peruse resumés anymore. They can quickly scan a resumé and go to the next candidate in 10 to 15 seconds. So, if you don’t have a killer job objective or summary, then you need to format your resumé so recruiters can easily zero in on what they’re looking for. Naturally, recruiters will want to know if you have the skills and experience necessary for the job, but they also want to know what sets you apart from the rest of the applicants.
The major difference between putting together a resumé today and in years past is customization. You don’t have to send the same resumé to every employer—in fact, it’s not recommended. If you’re using a computer to create your resumé, you can customize a resumé for every job you’re applying for. Tailor it to the job—some job seekers actually create a worksheet where they list the qualifications or requirements for the job. Then, they go down the line and make sure that they match their skills with each qualification.
Your basic resumé has the full name, address, telephone number, and email address on top, often centered. Following your job objective or summary is the heading “Work Experience.” List each job starting with the current, or most recent one, first. Put the job title in bold, then add the company name (same people add the address and telephone number; others just provide the city). Mention your job duties, either in paragraph form or as bulleted items; if you were exceptional, add a subhead for “Special Accomplishments” (list things like helping to turn around a near-bankrupt company, tripling the company’s customer base, etc).
Some people list the years spent on each job; others don’t, especially if there are gaps in employment. “Education” can be another main heading (make it the same size as “Work Experience”). There you can list the college(s) attended and degrees earned.
Here are some quick tips:
Good luck in your job search!