How to create a winning resume

Aim for a solid and appealing resume. Remember your resume plays a pivotal role in how you are perceived by employers before an initial meeting. Think of the first impression ( your resume) as a delicious meal from your  favorite restaurant. In order to make the meal desirable the ingredients and the manner in which it is presented are crucial as these are what makes it impressive. Below we will provide the 10 main ingredients to producing a resume that puts you at the top of the food chain. 

  1. Include your name and contact information.
  2.  Quickly explain your career goals
  3. List your professional history 
  4. Add an education section
  5. List your hard and soft skills. 
  6. Include Awards, achievements or certifications
  7. Include information from the job description
  8. Use sample resumes as guides. 
  9. Format your resume
  10.  Pick a model 

1. Provide your name and contact information

Your first and last name, a telephone number, mailing address and an email address should be the first items at the top of your resume. Providing potential employers with multiple ways of getting in contact with you such as a professional networking platform is also recommended. A chef for example would want to provide his/her instagram handle to give a prospective  employer the opportunity to view his work.

2. Quickly explain your career goals

Provide a holistic overview of the skills and experiences that make you the best candidate for the job. Highlight your skills and the proven ways in which you’ve used those skills to achieve results. Keep in mind you are helping employers to get a quick feel of who you are and what kind of work you’d be best at.

3. List your professional history 

Listing previous jobs and positions will not be adequate to sell you on your resume as an individual with experience and expertise. The work experience section of your resume  should provide sufficient job description of the positions previously held and boost your candidacy. Feel free to highlight exceptional accomplishments as this will get you a step closer to landing the job. If you acquired a Michelin star in culinary art you are undoubtedly the best pick. 

Be clear about your team initiative and highlight key projects that you and your previous teams executed. If you have no job experience be optimistic about your internships and voluntary services.

4. Add an education Section

Education is always considered an advantage in the employment market.This can make or break your ability to land a job.

Start with your highest degree first, then add all other degrees in reverse-chronological order. Include the name of your school, your start date, graduation date, Degree/ Diploma awarded, Licenses, professional development courses and certifications.

5. List your hard and soft skills

  • Picture a raw hunk of beef 
  • Now imagine a well-cooked, perfectly-seasoned steak.

Your resume is one of these two: it’s either unprepared to be served, or it’s the prime cut sprinkled with the perfect resume skills.

Ensure yours is the latter.

Combine your relevant hard and soft skills to make up a skill set which the job seeker will find valuable – ensure your skills section takes up little space but has a great impact.

Not every skill is worth mentioning on a resume!

6. Include Awards, Achievements and Certifications

In order to produce an even more convincing resume, adding your certification, personal achievements and awards will help you make the cut. Make emphasis on relevant accomplishments that will highlight your work ethic. Whether you received “Team Member of the Month” or “Sales Agent of the Quarter”  just adding these will separate you from other candidates.

7. Include information from the job description

When creating your winning resume, it will be helpful to extract and use relatable words aimed towards the job positions. This will likely attract the hiring manager’s attention and gain their interest in reviewing your application even more.

Therefore, if the job advertisement indicates that they are searching for an individual with sound knowledge of labor laws then you can indicate that you have knowledge of labor laws.

8. Use sample resumes as guides

Searching for and reviewing other resumes to use as a guide is always helpful. This strategy can introduce you to the structure and language that resumes generally have. Selecting resumes from your specific field can offer more exposure  to language or similar skills which could be included within your own document. 

9. Format your resume

Before you even start working on your resume, you need to decide how you’re going to build it.

If a meal is properly cooked but presented horribly, would you still be interested? 

 The goal of formatting your resume is to create a professional-looking, easy-to-read document. Pay attention to how the information looks on the page and adjust as needed.

Here are some tips: 

  1. Apply appropriate margins and header
  2. Select a professional, readable font
  3. Make your font size 10 to 12 points
  4. Feature section headers
  5. Use bullet points and appropriate spacing
  6. Ask for feedback

10. Select a Model

Resume templates exist to make your life easier –  If you decide to use a template, you could save yourself a lot of time and effort. They are also perfect for organizing your information and making it look attractive. Take the time to search online, and you will find something that both appeals to you visually, and helps you organize your thoughts and experience.

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