WHAT IS A RESUME?
A resume is a snapshot of your abilities. It is a marketing tool that you use to market yourself. A resume shows your qualifications, experience, and education. It shows an employer why they should invite you for an interview. A resume should be easy to read and only one page in length. It should be organized in such a way that it tells about you in an interesting and precise manner.
A well written resume should always:
- Be neat, spelled correctly, and typed on good quality paper
- Be simple, direct and easy to read
- Be one page (not more than two). Do not use small type to get more on the page
- Stress achievements
- Be positive and enthusiastic
- Be honest
- Be specific about what job you want, your abilities, etc.
A resume should never include:
- Personal information such as race, religion, age, weight, height
- Any mention of salary or wages that you have earned or expect to earn
- Any discussion about why you left a job
- Any negative information
- Any false information or statements that exaggerate your abilities
Will you need more than one resume?
Yes, sometimes it is appropriate to have several resumes to highlight specific qualifications. For example, if you are seeking employment based on your qualifications for a secretary position, you would need a resume emphasizing experience in that area. However, if you are seeking a position different from a secretarial position, you would need a resume that focused on that position. State the position that you are seeking under Objective on your resume. Also, a good way to differentiate your resumes is to list appropriate skills in the area that you are applying under a Skills heading.
Will you need a “cover letter” and “thank you letter”?
Yes, in most instances you will need a cover letter. A cover letter is a letter that indicates confirmation of formal application for an open position, along with a brief summary of education and qualifications. This letter will also state reasons why you feel you qualify for the position and why the employer should invite you for an interview.
A thank you letter is a letter that thanks the employer for the interview, points out your key qualifications and components in the interview, and lets the employer know why you think you should be hired. Always send a thank you letter after your interview and before a decision in hiring is made.