Resumes. We all know how important they are. But when it comes to making your own, it can be challenging to know where to start. Here at Dawson, we see dozens of resumes on a daily basis. We’ve compiled some of our top tips to help you craft a resume that’s sure to get a hiring manager’s attention.
Start at the top
When crafting your resume organization is key. Make sure your name and contact information are located in a clear and identifiable section at the top of the page. This section should include:
- First and last name
- Phone number
Next, consider including a summary. While this section is optional, it can be a useful tool to create a brief overview of your professional experience while highlighting your professional aspirations.
Moving to the middle
Now for the meat of your resume, this is where you should include your work experience and education. When it comes to education, list the highest level you have completed. If you majored or specialized in a specific industry, be sure to include that as well. While having a high GPA is something to be proud of, it is not always necessary to include. A good rule of thumb is unless an employer is directly asking for it, you can omit it.
Your employment history should be listed in chronological order. When listing your work experience start by including the name of your position, the company, and how long you were working there. Once you have that you can start listing your job responsibilities and achievements. If you don’t have extensive work experience or are looking to transition careers, this is a great place to list any volunteer positions you have held.
So, know that you know all the components of a good resume, let’s go over a few last helpful tips:
- Keep it short: make sure your resume is one page. Write in short descriptive sentences to make sure you're making the most of the limited space.
- Make it engaging: when writing about your work history, be sure to quantify your accomplishments and use action verbs.
- Easy to read: employers see countless resumes daily. Make sure yours is clear and easy for them to read by selecting clean, simple fonts. Using bold headers helps further organize your resume.
- Find your design: there are some great websites that have a variety of easy-to-use resume templates such as:
Check out these sites and start building that attention-grabbing resume today!