A resume is supposed to itemize your work experience, educational background and any special skills that set you apart to prospective employers. We’ve all had that resume “So, what do you put on there anyway?” FREAK OUT. Worry not, these steps will help you sort through the clutter and questions and put together a resume that says “SHE MEANS BUSINESS.” #BOSSBABE
1) What to put on there anyway?
Relevant experiences or at the very least, experiences that show translatable skills.
Typically a good resume includes work experience, volunteer positions, internships, job related certifications and specific skills that would set you apart from other candidates. If you are bi+ lingual, adding languages spoken can be a bonus or even a crucial skill. When building a strong resume you want to customize it as much as possible to the job that you are applying to. You can do this by highlighting specific aspects of your role at any given job.
2) How to format?
Luckily there’s different kinds of resumes, which can help you highlight all the good qualities and aspects you’ve got going for you. If you’ve been a go getter from day one, and you’ve got plenty of relevant experience, then we suggest a chronological resume. This will highlight where, when, and with who you did that really cool thing, and of course... what you gained from it all. If you’ve just graduated or are new to being a #bossbabe, we suggest a Functional Resume. This type of resume highlights your best transferable skills, by listing them in categories and lists the chronological aspects at the end.
Make sure it all fits on one page! Being concise it key.
3) What order?
For both resumes, we suggest that your contact information be the starting point. To top the page, include your name, your email, your address and the best number to reach you at. A lot of employers no longer focus on objectives, so be sure to save your space and skip listing an objective unless you’ve been asked to specifically to provide one. A cover letter can replace an objective as well as providing more detail.
4) Proof Read, Proof Read, Proof read.
Having strong references and work relevant experience is not the only way to get noticed on paper. Be sure to proofread! Get rid of spelling mistakes, weird phrasing, and sentences that just go on and on.
Employers don’t need a play by play of what you did, a brief description works just fine.This information is best conveyed in bullet points, starting each with an action verb such as: established, delegated, delivered etc
Ex: Developed an e-commerce platform for trendy, sophisticated, and professional workwear
It can be hard to find strong identifying words to describe yourself without maybe using the same four words over and over. However using a thesaurus or even taking a cheesy online personality quiz can actually be helpful in getting that quick burst of good descriptors you need.
Now you’re #bossbabe resume ready! We know it, now go show the world!
Author: Melissa C.B.