9 Important Things To Include In A Resume
Published: 06th February 2017
1. CONTACT DETAILS
The most important information to include is your contact information. This involves writing your name, below which you should mention your postal/mailing address, email address, and contact number on top of your resume.
Avoid using funny or labeled email address and provide a professional one. Also provide alternate phone number and email address in case the ones provided are not working, so as to make it easy for employers to get in touch with you.
If you wish to include objective in resume, keep in mind to shape the Job Objective aligned to the position that you’re applying for and be specific. There is a better chance of landing an interview if your objective seems to fulfill company’s requirements.
3. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY/WORK EXPERIENCE
Our employers understand our professional journey after going through this section of our resume. Here, you write your key achievements, experience, and skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. So, you mention your entire previous job experiences to demonstrate that.
Mention your work experience in the chronological order. Start with your most recent job first, and move to your earlier jobs. Include your job title, employer’s name, and the address of the company. Also list the duration of your employment. For every position, include an outline of your key responsibilities and activities.
Also mention any internship or side project that you’ve taken up. It is an excellent way to let your employer know that you are a keen learner and know how to utilize your time.
4. EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAININGS
This too will be in chronological order. State the latest first and go backward in time. Start with your most recent degree. Include your major field, and the name and address of the institution attended.
5. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Activities apart from academics should be included which shows that you are a multi talented, which is a sign of healthy personality.
6. KEY SKILLS
Your strength is your natural capability. And you acquire skills with time as you gain education, knowledge and experience. It is vital to display how your skills, expertise and strengths are an asset for the job. Also include your technical skills in this section.
For example: Languages, Basic and advanced computer skills etc.
7. ACHIEVEMENTS, REWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Have you ever won some awards for your work, or been formally acknowledged by business organizations? High-performing companies are always in search of a workforce of spirited and fervent employees aboard, which can be of significant benefit.
List these achievements in your resume. This shows the employer that you are talented and self motivated, especially if the achievement is job related. Use action verbs and adjectives while putting down your achievements, rewards and recognitions. You may want to include awards, certificates, responsibilities etc here.
Mention one or two relevant hobbies and interests if you desire, but don’t do it for the sake of filling space.
No need to include references in your resume. You can state at the end of your resume that they are presented on request.
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