To increase your chances of your resume getting you to that all important interview you need to keep it on topic and cut out all the fluff and avoid padding it with pointless information. A resume full of off topic information will go straight in the bin. You must only include the essentials relevant to the job you are applying for if you want your resume to make an impact and avoid being dumped in the bin. Here’s a list of the things you should include.
Your name should be on top of your resume and be in a larger typeface than the rest of your resume. After your name include the following
Email Address: This is your most important point of contact. These days all employers will use your email to contact you, snail mail is too slow and cumbersome for todays employers. If you have a web page include that.
Mobile Phone Number: Another essential, in the age of instant communications your mobile is crucial, some employers will prefer to call you if your resume pasts muster.
Home Address: This was a mainstay of resumes just a few years ago is not really necessary today and I’m seeing more and more resumes that do not include a full address. This is simply due to technology and our modern communication methods. An Email address and a mobile phone number provide fast contact information for an employer. On a modern resume a full address is not so important. There’s also the issue of identity theft that is growing, putting a full address on a resume could make you vulnerable. However you do need to show that you have a settled home so you should include your city and county or state.
The first page of your resume is the hook to capture the employer’s interest so we want to exclude any unnecessary information. Use the first page to market yourself but don’t be afraid to leave plenty of white space, this gives a resume an inviting appearance.
Summary: After your contact information use a summary, this is your most important hook so think carefully about this. Some people argue that an objective should follow the contact information, I disagree, it’s better to state what you have accomplished that is relevant to the position you are applying for rather than state what you want. At this stage in the selection process an employer is more interested in what you can do for the organization rather than what you want.
A summary should contain information about your accomplishments and relevant qualifications for the position you are applying for. Don’t include evidence of your achievements in the summary, this is not the place for that. You’re just stating what you have done and the qualifications you have that are relevant to the position. Keep your summary focused and on topic, you need to hook the employer to continue reading.
Education and Experience
We’re continuing to hook the employer here and listing our educational achievements is a big hook so you must get it right. Your highest qualification should be listed first, the date you were awarded it and the educational establishment that awarded it.
If you’re a graduate and you are applying for your first job then give details about your course work that is relevant to the position. List any courses you have attended relevant to the position you are applying for. Anything you have that’s relevant to the job should be listed even seminars you have attended.
Experience: Include your present position first then list previous positions. Include job titles and the names of the companies along with the dates you worked for. If you’ve being with the same company for a long time state promotions you have achieved and the job titles.
Skills: Skills are the currency of the job market. Don’t undervalue yourself, skills in great demand are often taken for granted by many people and not listed, for example organizational skills, fund raising skills, interviewing skills are just a few that should always be mentioned.
Keep your resume succinct, don’t pad it out with irrelevant information, it only makes it look cluttered and recruiters with scores of resumes to sort through will always be attracted to a clean looking uncluttered resume with plenty of white space showing.