One of the main components of obtaining a job is none other than your resume and Cover Letter. Your resume includes all the components of your skills, achievements, talents, and experience in a particular area. It is important to recognize that your resume should not be written as a CV or brag sheet. You have to put less items on your resume that have more impact. More items will dilute the impact and make it seem like you were confused, no matter how proficient you are in each of them. Your cover letter should also be effective and short, with a lot of information compressed and presented in the most effective manner. Here on wefindajob.com, we will guide you on the correct way on how to write an effective resume and Cover Letter.
Your resume should be taken in the course of three steps. In each of these three steps you should further improve your resume with minor changes. One key fact to remember is that even minor changes can make a huge difference.
STEP 1: THE LIST
Step 1 is the list. This step is essentially your first draft. In this draft, you won’t look for listing your achievements down with all the details needed. This draft’s sole purpose is to just list down all your achievements and skills without much of an explanation. In this step, there are five main components to list in your resume
—-Education from high school. This includes everything such as:
· GPA, SAT,ACT
· Your favorite subjects
· AP and PreAP classes that you have taken regarding your favorite classes
· Academic honors
· Research and works
—-Extracurricular activities (grades, role, org.) such as:
· Student government
· Drama, Debate, Choir
· Volunteer Work
· If you have received any specific honorary awards, then you must explain what you did to achieve that award and when you received that award.
Be sure to also add your personal details that add versatility and variety to your resume. This would be a great section to list your personal achievements such as your languages and your hobbies. Make sure you don’t include tidbits that just add more stuff to your resume. Only add it if it fits in well with all of your other achievements and accomplishments. Remember, there needs to be less items with more of an impact.
Now, you have all your accomplishments listed out. But you cannot just leave it like that. You need to provide more of a depth to your few achievements so that each one can provide a connection to each other and provide a huge impact in your resume. This will be explained in the next step: The Details
STEP 2: THE DETAILS
Now, in this step, you have to add the details that provide the best impact to your resume and make it a very effective one. You need to include meaningful details that convey more of a depth to your credentials and give your recruiters a higher understanding of what you have done and what your skills are like. You need to be able to convey Passion, Talent, Initiative, and Impact in order to provide a greater weight to each of your impacts. Always remember the golden rule of resumes: less achievements, more impacts. If you convey all of these achievements in a detailed manner, then your resume is sure to pack a punch. Whatever you do, don’t add fluff. Only add the details if they are necessary and lift up your achievements. In order to help you better convey these achievements, use these words:
· For conveying passion: favorite, interest, like, pursue, dedicate, devote, committed, seek
· For conveying talent: skill, ability, aptitude, expertise, forte, knack, facility, capacity, mastery
· For conveying initiative: started, founded, lead, direct, organize, manage, persuaded, identified, explored, discovered
· For conveying impact: help, assist, benefit, changed, transform, learn, taught, enhanced, improve, better
Finally, you must organize the information in an impactful manner. You must be able to tell a story with your resume, and portray how each achievement helped you achieve your goal of becoming a well-rounded person. One key rule is to start with your education, then proceed on to your extracurricular, and finally, you must present any honorary awards and recognition you have received. Remember to focus on a few items that you have received more of a depth in to present more of an impact.
Now we go on to the final step of making an impactful resume. In this step, you will look over all of your achievements and proofread them one last time.
STEP 3: THE PROOFREAD
Your resume is almost ready to be sent out to employers and recruiters. The only thing left for you to do is to proofread it and add any finishing touches to your resume. For every resume, there is a standard template which you should follow.
·The first step is to use a traditional font. Times New Roman is the best font to use, but you could also use Cambria and Georgia. Use size 12 at all times.
·Look over your whole resume and add capitalization, indentation, punctuation, line spacing, bold and italics, and underlining wherever it is needed to provide more of an impact. Make sure that whatever punctuation you edit has to benefit, not distract the reader. The punctuation you put has to help with the flow of the resume.
·Use standard margins (one inch on all the sides) and skip lines generously. The key here is to have several smaller blocks of test rather than one big clump of information posted on a page.
Finally, after you do all these, you have to check for the truthfulness of your resume. There is a huge temptation to lie on your resume and list credentials that you may not have achieved or achieved to the extent of the manner that you described them, but you must be honest. Many professionals will be reading this, and any sort of dishonesty will only tarnish your image. Always keep it honest, and do not stretch the truth in anyway. You can present the manner in the best way possible and try to keep your failures hidden, but when you are presenting, make sure that you do not make stuff up as it will probably tarnish your image and lose you the job as well. Make sure you are honest and are not exaggerating in any way.
At the end of it, when you are satisfied with your resume, convert it to PDF. Converting your resume to PDF can save you from technological glitches that will arrive and potentially ruin your chances. Converting to PDF is the best option.
There we go! You have now successfully crafted your own resume that is short, effective, and powerful. Now just send this resume to others and wait to be contacted!!!
Similar to your resume, your CV must also be taken in the course of 8 steps. In each of these 8 steps, you have to present your information and inform the recruiters that you are the best option for their company. Here, let us break up these 8 steps and explore the correct way to write an impactful CV.