One of the most important questions in everyone’s mind is, “How to prepare a resume?”Which are the most important things that should be there on your resume? And what order should I put it?”
So Here I’m going to share what to put on a resume, based on my experience.
Let’s Get Started!
1. Name & Contact Info
- At the top of your resume, write your full name and a professional-looking email address.
- Your contact number and address are optional, except for most of the people , I’d recommend putting it.
- If you’re applying for jobs out-of-state, it would make sense to leave your address off.
- Now, for formatting and design…
- I’d keep it simple and “clean”-looking. No distractions. Not too many fonts and colors.
2. Short Summary About You
- This is the next/ following section of your resume, and will go right after your name and mobile info in most cases.
- Over here, you need to add two or three sentence summary of your qualifications and accomplishments throughout your career (or throughout your education if you just graduated).
- Note: this is not an “objective”. I’d advise against adding an objective on your resume. Hiring managers know your objective is to land a job in their industry that may utilize your skills, etc.
- So put a summary paragraph instead.
3. Employment History
- If you had held any previous jobs (including internships!), this is where to place it. And it’s one among the first things a hiring manager wants show on your resume…
- So it should be on the top of the primary page – visible without scrolling down.
- Overall, you have to put it in chronological order (most recent first), and list job titles, company names, dates (you can prefer to put just years, or month and year you initiate and ended each job – just stay consistent).
- And then after all, put bullets highlighting what you probably do in each job. I’d suggest 4-8 bullet points per job.
- In these bullet points, don’t just mention job duties; mention what you really accomplished. There’s a big difference.
- This is the following big section to place on your resume.
- You might be tempted to place it before your Employment History… and people might have been even told you to do this. But the only time i feel it is sensible to list Skills first is that if you’ve got absolutely no work experience.
- Here’s why… Hiring managers don’t want to ascertain an extended list of skills without having the ability to ascertain WHERE you learned/used each skill (and how recently you used them).
- This is why they’re far more likely to scan your resume for your Employment History section. And that’s why we put it higher up!
- Skills should come after that.
- In your Skills section, you’ll put a file of your top skills that are relevant to the work you’re applying for, and you’ll even put them under a few headers/categories if you think that it is sensible for your job and industry.
- There’s no “magic” number of skills to put. Some people might only need 4-10; others might put 20. It really depends on how long you’ve been working and what field of task you’re in.
- Make sure you think about what’s relevant for the task though; don’t just list a bunch of skills that won’t assist you in their job.
- Put the name of your school(s), your field of study, your pointers and graduation date – unless you’re feeling your graduation date will leave you open to age discrimination on your resume. If you graduated a long time ago, feel free to leave the dates off.
- You can also put your GPA in this section. I’d only recommend doing that if it had been above 3.0/4. Otherwise, leave it off.
- You might be asked about your GPA in the first few years of your career, but you’re very unlikely to be asked about it again after that, so don’t worry if your GPA is below 3.0/4. Just exclude it from your resume.
- Always remember, your marks or your grades will never give you a jobs. If you have good communication skills or any other skills related to the job, that skills will give you the best jobs.
6. Community Involvement
- If you’ve done any volunteer work or helped in your community in other ways, this is where to place it.
- You can list the area, dates, and your contribution/work.
- If you have not done any community or volunteering -related work, don’t worry – just don’t put this section on your resume.
- Any time you’ve received awards or other recognition for your accomplishments, you have to put it on your resume.
- However, you don’t always need a separate category for it. That’s up to you…
- If you received an educational award, you’ll list it under your Education section (beneath your degree, GPA, etc.)
- If you received a reward or recognition for outstanding performance at a previous job, you’ll list it as a bullet point or a note underneath that specific job in your Employment History section.
- So while awards and achievements are an excellent thing to incorporate on any resume, they don’t always need their own dedicated section.