5 Resume Tips
5 Tips to Successful Resume Writing
Are you afraid of stepping outside of your box? Don’t be! Most people are nervous starting their first job. Even a business professional like Donald Trump had to start somewhere. And now you too can learn ‘how to’ write a resume` that guarantees success.
1. Look at the Industry
Start with researching your interests.
- What industry do you enjoy working in? Do you have the skills and knowledge to work well at this position? Will the job of choice also provide a substantial income? What is the hourly rate for an entry-level position in this industry?
Take a piece of paper and write down your answers to the above questions. Be honest with yourself. You want to be able to answer the questions quickly and without question.
Now you are ready to start creating a target resume to get the teen job you want.
2. Create an Objective
Next, develop your objective statement. The objective statement is no longer than 170 characters (2 lines of content), and clearly states ‘what’ you hope to achieve at your new position.
For instance, “To obtain a position in a fortune 500 company that will recognize my skills and encourage growth within the company.” This is your opportunity to sound impressive.
3. Use the Employers Point of View
Turn the table and look at yourself from an employer’s perspective. The more you understand an employer, the better you’ll get at writing a resume. Direct your resume towards the employer’s needs, because that’s what an employer will respond to.
List Your Attributes
Use the heading Summary of Qualifications to list all of your attributes. The employer reviews your resume` for ‘highlights’ of you skills. For instance, applying for an office job would require some skill in clerical duties. Write clear and concise attributes, and be consistent in your use of abbreviations and format. descriptive sentences.
Not Clear: “I’ve worked in the clerical field for six years as a receptionist, data processor, and word processor,” be creative and sound professional.
Clear:Administrative Support (6 yrs) – Responsibilities included answering the phones, data entry, and word processing for the CEO.
Your Summary of Qualifications should consist of a maximum of 4 major attributes. Use descriptive words and stay within 2 lines of content. The best way to do this is to turn your job duties into a titled attributes.
For instance, if you entered payables and invoiced customers you could create job attribute titles like
accounting clerk and customer service.
Once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier to add substance and credibility to your resume` with true facts.
List Your Technical Skills
In today’s world of technology, it is important that you’re equipped with computer skills even as a teen. Although this section isn’t a requirement, this will eliminate extra interview questions and help the employer evaluate your skills.
Take some time to bullet point the technical knowledge you’ve obtained over the years. This includes the software programs you can operate
- (i.e. Word, Excel, Quickbooks, Accounting, and Internet Explorer).
List skills you have learned in business prep or technical classes.
4. Fill Gaps appropriately in Your Employment History
How you list your employment history depends on the type of position you’re applying for. Sometimes, combining similar positions increases the odds of your resume` being noticed.
Here is an example:
Joan worked at a retail store for 9 months and an ice cream shop for 3 months. Both jobs required her to deal with customers directly. She had an opportunity to apply for a job in sales for a major manufacturer, but she was afraid she couldn’t write an impressive resume from her employment history.
By combining the months spent on both teen jobs, the employer’s eye sees she has a years experience in customer service verses 9 months in retail and 3 months serving ice cream.
What Employers Want
April 2000 to March 2001 Customer Service
Nu-Lady Retail and Macs Ice Cream Shop
A job history that shows you’ve moved from one job to the next will not win you an interview.
Closing with Education & Certificates
In the end, your employer will want to know how much education you have, where you went to school, and if you’re a quick learner.
5. End with a ‘bang’
Include any continuing education courses you’ve taken and certificates you’ve achieved.
Summer High School 3.0 Grade Average Computers
Business School 4.0 Grade Average Management
Smith College 3.0 Grade Average Associate Degree
People Skills Certificate of Achievement
Most target resumes` are clear cut and only provide the employer with information that pertains to the exact position applied to. for. Don’t be afraid to ‘fluff’ up the content with truthful facts.
Never exceed one page of content if you can help it, and write the content so it is easy to read using layman terms. Review your resume thoroughly before your interview. Don’t read off of it.
Let your personality, confidence and enthusiasm win over the employer at the interview!