Building an updated resume is essential with you are on the hunt for a new job. When a position opens up that you are interested in, you want to be ready to fill out an application with your resume in hand. There are 5 key elements to ensuring your resume will catch the eye of a prospective employer.
- At the top of your resume, include your name, address, phone, and email. Directly below that write “Objective” with a short paragraph describing what you are looking for and what you can bring to the company. Make sure that you include language that is relevant to each job you are applying for. For instance, you don’t want to write your objective in the past tense of when you were a student when you are now a seasoned pharmacy tech applying for a new position at a pharmacy.
- The next portion of the resume is going to be the “meat and potatoes.” Include your experience/job history and education.
Consider the formatting that will work best for you and for the position you are applying for. You can put this information into chronological order, from current or most recent to earliest (this is the most common method).
Another option may be to choose your accomplishments by type. For example, admin experience, computer skills, awards, etc. If you choose this method, list your most relevant skills first. This format option may be best if you change careers or have a gap in your employment history.
Do not include employment or other work experience that is over 15 years old. You do not want your resume to exceed 2 pages, 1 is preferred.
When you list your education, keep the formatting the same as you did for your job experience. Include the name of the school, the dates you attended, what degree you achieved, and any extracurricular activities you participated in if applicable.
- The next item on your resume will be a summary of your qualifications and references.
Your qualifications should emphasize your strengths and how you will benefit the potential employer and their company as a whole. You can include your achievements, testimonials, endorsements, etc. If you do so, make sure to site the name of the person, their professional affiliation and contact info. Again, this isn’t required but it is an available option.
Your references should include at least 3 people, 2 professional and 1 personal. Include their name, affiliation, and contact information. It is an option to exclude this information directly and state “References, both personal and professional, are available upon request.”
- A possible option is to add a keyword summary. These are a list of industry buzzwords that are specific to your applied position. Many employers use computer programs to identify keywords and flag certain resumes for further consideration. If you choose to add this onto your resume, make sure it is only 1 paragraph long. It would be most effective between your qualifications and references.
- Last but not least, proofread and edit. It only takes one mistake to be noticed by the potential employer to kick your resume out of the pile. Don’t be one of them! If its available to you, ask someone to review it for you. Sometimes it is easier to not catch a mistake on something you, yourself have written.
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