How a resume should be written – Format of a resume

Remember, resume is a marketing piece about you, and it presents your skills and accomplishments to the employer. Please stick with a font size of 12/14 points while drafting your resume. You can keep your title a bit bigger to 16/18 points. In this article we will show you various heads of resume to let your know how a resume should be written.

Contact Information

Every resume starts with a heading that displays the two most important pieces of information: your full name and contact information. It seems very straightforward, but most of the candidates make mistake of sending a resume with old contact information. Be sure to include the full name, your residential address, your email id and the telephone number or numbers. 

Note:

  1. If you have a two-page resume, your name, phone number, and email address should also appear at the top of the second page. That means you should keep the contact information in the header section of your word file.
  2. Select an email address that displays your name.How a resume should be written - Format of a resume

Objective Statement Of  Your Resume

Objective statement of your resume should convey your career goals and the reason for contacting an employer.

In case of experienced persons please allow your experience to speak for itself by including one or two extra achievement statements in your objective statement.

Situations where objective statement might be effective:

  • You’re applying for an entry-level position with little job experience.
  • You’re for a job in a field in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • You’re applying for a higher level position that is a clear advancement from those you previously held.

You should use the objective to customize your resume directly to your target job.

Objective should be like: “Seeking a financial controller position in the manufacturing industry.”

There is noting wrong if you change your objective for each time you send your resume to some one.

Profile Summary or Professional summary

Bulleted list of skills, experience and qualifications near your resume objective can draw the recruiter attention into the details of your experience.

Most recruiters spend only a few seconds scanning a resume before deciding to pass or look more closely. A brief list of your strongest points in summary section can be a great help to you for finding the job.

How should I write an effective summary

Summary section should write the followings:

  • Job-specific knowledge
  • Any special training or certifications relevant for the job
  •  Expertise or any sound technical skills acquired which is relevant to a particular field
  •  Your accomplishment if any
  •  A personal quality, skills and characteristic that’s useful for the applied job.

PROFILE:

The profile is used in place of an objective statement. If you’re an experienced person then adding a profile is an excellent strategy than putting an objective statement.

Situations where Profile should be used in Place of Summary:

  • You have more years of job experience in your present profession.
  • You have two or more core areas of expertise that you wish to have in your next job.

Following things should be included in Profile

  • Years of experience in the field or line of work
  • Relevant credentials or training
  • Accomplishments that relate to your targeted job

Note: You can consider using the cover letter to expand on one or two points from these highlights. If you are sending your resume through mail the try to emphasize this in email itself.

Experience

All relevant employment should be listed in reverse chronological order (i.e. having the most recent employment experience first)

It should contain the month and year that you began and ended each job, your job title, the name of the company, and the responsibilities you held.

For Entry-level candidates this section can be filled out with a combination of work experience, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.

Education

In this section you should not list your accomplishments in high school.

You can include special certifications or additional training you’ve completed for the job. Employers value this education if it directly relates to the job.

Additional Activities

This section require on the unique requirements of a particular job, profession or industry;

  • Your work visa and residency status (For IT Companies this is a most important thing.)
  • Countries or geographies worked for
  • Languages known

Length of your resume

Length of your resume depends on your level of experience and the expectation of your industry that you’re targeting.Entry-level candidates and those with five or fewer years of experience should limit their resumes to one-two page. Experienced professionals should write no more than two-three pages.

Note: Remember, if you can’t scan your resume in 30 seconds, neither can a recruiter or a HR manager.

Note 1: Avoid unnecessary words that make the statement too long and value less

Notes 2: Check spelling mistakes

Notes 3: Write Using bullet points

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