How to Write a Good Resume? 8 Steps to success

How to Write a Resume

Everybody should have a resume ready to be submitted. A resume can open doors to an internship opportunity and eventually job offers. Self-promotion is not easy. Whether you’re a fresher or a senior in college, you still have to talk about yourself in the right way when applying for professional opportunities. And one of the key ingredients of self-promotion is the resume. Nail it, and you get your foot in the door. Blow it, and you blow your chances at a better job, better career or even a better life.

 

 

The heading will contain your name and contact information. This section of your resume usually has a larger font than the rest of your professional document. Contact information should include:

Email address (be sure that it is a professional email address and up-to-date)
Phone number (Provide only ONE phone number)
Current Address (Be sure to include apartment number if applicable)
Permanent Address (optional)
Step 2: Resume Content

Keep a consistent format on your resume. Your resume should include:

An objective
Education
Employment history
Other experience (optional)
A summary, including any other pertinent information or affiliations (Examples: Student organizations, honors affiliations, extracurricular experience, service learning experience, nominations, etc…)
Skills
Step 3: Objective

The objective should be a concise statement mentioning the type of opportunity you are applying for (internship, practicum, temporary job, or permanent job), when are you applying for (month[s], semester, summer, year-long), and the field of study (academic department).

Step 4: Education

Things to put under the Education section

Degree (Spell out your degree)
Major
Specialization/concentration
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Expected Completion time

Step 5: Employment History

In order to avoid confusion, keep the title of this section as “Experience”. This section may have work experience, internship experience, or sometimes volunteer experience. Under “Experience” I would put whatever experience that is relevant to the position I am applying to. For each experience, I would put the position title and the location of the job. Under each experience, break them down into bullet points to describe your learning outcomes and skills acquired.The bullet points should be concise statements starting with an action verb in the past tense.

Step 6: Other Experience

For this section, I recommend putting any job experience that is NOT relevant to your course of study such as working at McDonald, summer camp counselor, etc… And again you will describe your learning experience in the bullet point format.

Step 7: Summary (miscellaneous info)

It has been proven that on-campus involvement leads to students’ success. Being involved on campus also helps in acquiring good workforce skills for the future. For this section, there are different ways of naming it: “Student Organizations and Involvement”, “Membership and Involvement”, “Extracurricular Activities”, etc… It all depends on the content of this section and this will vary from resume to resume. Under this section, I recommend putting all your on-campus and off-campus involvement such as your membership to student organizations, E-board positions and so on.

Step 8: Skills

Depending on the importance of this section, it can be moved up in your resume or kept at the bottom. For example, an engineering major might list this section earlier in the resume to summarize the engineers programs they are familiar with, or graphic design majors might move it up to talk about the different software they utilize. Other skills could be language proficiency as well.

Thats it. Nothing else is needed. I don’t need to write any of the details related to my parents, religion or anything.

 

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