A resume might not be top of your list in importance, however, it is a vital key in landing any job that you might have in mind. Let’s define the term “resume” so that this article isn’t confusing at all. A resume can be defined as “A brief summary of personal, educational, and professional experiences used for job applications.” (Novoresume.com)

The resume is the first impression that you have on a potential employer. It’s up to you to make it a positive one. Often, employers will not even consider an employee if their resume doesn’t make at least an average impression.

First, decide what style of resume you want. Currently, there are three popular resume styles in the business world. Chronological, Functional and Combination are the most effective types. Chronological lists your work in order of when you completed it. Functional groups your work an prioritizes specific areas. Combination “combines” both Chronological and Functional to take the best pieces of both.

Important Parts of the Resume

The first thing you should do is create a header that grabs the attention of the reader. This should include your name, phone number and email address. Then, write a summary of where you worked and what your job experience means to the prospective company. Don’t tell them about you to inform them. Tell them about you and point out how that helps them. This summary should be simple. Don’t overdo it.

Then you should list your experiences. Make sure to follow the style of your resume. Functional lists should be groups centered around one topic. Chronological lists should have dates next to them and be pretty easy to read.

You should list some of the activities that you have been a part of in your career. This can be filled by numerous things, but it try to keep it relevant to the job that you are applying for. Singing in college choir might not be important for an accountant position. These are things to keep in mind while going through the application process.

Detail your education, and then add some of your personal hobbies. This will help differentiate you from your competition and make you feel like a real person.

A resume’ is an extremely important piece of the hiring process. Don’t let yourself neglect it! Instead, use it to breeze past the competition.