This may be your first time writing a resume; or maybe you’re updating an old one for the umpteenth time. Either way, you’ll want to use the time here to be sure you’re doing all you can to have the best resume presentation possible.
Key points before starting
- Your resume is about your future; not your past.
- It is not a confessional. In other words, you don’t have to “tell all.” Stick to what’s relevant and marketable.
- Don’t write a list of job descriptions but your role in the way of START.
- Promote only skills you enjoy using. Never write about things you don’t want to repeat.
- Be honest. You can be creative, but don’t lie.
Familiar with STAR
- Subject: The circumstances and background of a project or task
- Target: What you want to accomplish
- Action: What did you do
- Result: Di you accomplish the target or not.
Choose a Resume Format
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to resume format. Learn which of these three resume formats will make your job search a success.
Most resume is a combination of Functional and Chronological.
Functional: Think from the hiring manager perspective of what they want to know.
- Professional Credentials – Don’t have one yet? CFEP is one of them
- Professional experience – CFEP 1-1 Counselor is one of them
- Skills and knowledge – Communication skill by working with CFEP, financial knowledge from CFEP
- Awards and Accomplishment
- Write down your name, address, phone number, email address. Believe it or not, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this easy step. Be sure you do it the right way!
- Move to Objective: To find a job, To learn more, To earn more etc. Learn the pros and cons of having a job objective statement, how to write a good one, and some good options for not having one.
- Summary of qualification: if you have a particular job in mind, try to make your Summary shine and let people to get the very best of what you have to offer
- Education: University , Degree, Major, with honor, Year of graduation, GPA
- Professional credential: CFEP etc.
- Experience: Remember STAR and let’s do some exercise with your 3 experiences. Use your resume real estate wisely. #1, write down a project or task that you remember. Think about the starting point of the project and the goal of the project. Recall what you did and how it links to the result. Recall where the project ended.
- Company name, location and date
- Your position name
- Description of START.
- Awards and Accomplishment: Community Services, competitions you did,
Format the resume
1. Center the #1
2. Cap the section title
3. Bold the company name line
4. Italy the position