July 31, 2013

3 Things Every Resume Should Include

resume, laptop and penWhen it comes to your job application process, there are definitely some very critical points you will want to make sure that you hit. You’ll want to brush up on your interviewing skills, for instance. Researching the company you’re applying to is a good idea, starting salary for the position and potential career progression opportunities never hurt either. You will also want to make sure your resume is up to par. However, knowing that your resume could use some sprucing up and actually knowing what to make sure you include are two different things. Let’s take a closer look at some of the essentials:

1. Career Summary

While many people understand the importance of including a thorough employment history as part of their resume, they often overlook the benefits of taking the time to compose a career summary section. Your career summary is the place to shine an extra-special spotlight on what you consider to be the highlights of your career on the whole. You can also list special qualifications here that make you a uniquely good choice for a given job.

2. Resume Objective

One of the best ways to make sure your resume really stands out in the eyes of a potential employer is to include a resume objective as part of the mix. It’s not a required part of the resume, but when properly tailored to the position you’re applying for, it can be quite effective. See your objective, if you decide to include one, as an opportunity to show the person who receives it that you fully understand the requirements of the job you’re applying for. Be as specific as possible. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to convince them that you’re the right choice!

3. Thorough Contact Information

You’d be surprised just how many people go to great trouble composing other aspects of their resume only to forget to include enough contact information. It’s important to be thorough here. Include your full name and your full address, including the zip code and city where you live. Include one or more phone numbers (most people go for their home phone number and their cell). If you accept text messages from potential employers, then cite that next to your cell number.

Also make sure to include your email address. Make sure it’s a professional sounding option that shows you in your best light. If you have your own website, use a domain-specific email address. Otherwise, it’s acceptable to use a free email service like Gmail. A friend in HR suggested opening a separate email account just for job seeking. That way you’ll have all job-related emails going to the same account, which minimizes confusion and clutter.

If you aren’t quite sure how to go about making sure your resume sounds as professional as it should, you can always hire a professional resume writer to help you or ask a friend you trust to look it over before you start sending it out to potential professional contacts. Often it helps to at least have a second pair of eyes looking things over to offer a fresh perspective on things.

Turning in a stellar resume becomes a simple process when you know what to include. Start working on yours today!


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Marie is a writer for Recruiter.com covering career advice, recruitment topics, and HR issues. She has an educational background in languages and literature as well as corporate experience in Human Resources.