In our last post, we looked at the first three key components of a resume. Now we’ll go into the rest of the key components.
Skills can be:
- Specialized, such as computer skills, foreign language skills or military service. Be specific in describing your special skills. Name computer programs you know, how long you studied a foreign language or your dates of military service.
- Personalized skills and assets. In a couple of sentences or bullet points, describe what you are like and how you do things, including personality traits, attitudes, work habits, etc. This is a useful section, especially if you do not have much work experience. Think of the skills you use in school that employers want, such as punctuality, time management and teamwork.
This can include:
- Paid part-time/full-time positions
- Volunteer work/community service
- Club/campus group involvement
- Summer jobs
Provide an overview of your duties, responsibilities and accomplishments:
- Include most relevant skills and qualities
- Most relevant information comes first
- Use strong action verbs
- Provide evidence of skills and qualities by being specific and acknowledging accomplishments
Job ads often will specify whether or not employers want the names and addresses of your references included on your resume. Read job ads carefully to determine how to present your references.
If the ad does not specify reference requirements, it is a good idea to compile a separate reference sheet that you can provide quickly if references are requested.
- Choose references who are knowledgeable about your skills, abilities and work ethic. Former employers, teachers and counselors would be good references; friends and relatives would not.
- Always obtain permission from references in advance and provide them with your current resume. If you know that a potential employer will be contacting your references soon, try to let your references know to expect a call or email.