Writing a Career Change Resume Is Easy, Just Follow These Helpful Tips! (Part One)

General GuidelinesYou know you need a resume, but you may not know how to get started. A clear set of resume writing tips will help you create a professional, high-impact resume with ease.Let’s get started.Tip One: Remember What a Resume is Supposed to DO You will use it in several different ways, and with different contacts and you may tailor it as you move forward in your search.Resumes have three purposes:
A focus document for you
A marketing tool, and
A response to a specific job opening.
An employer wants to know…and quickly…what skills you bring to the table and how you have used them. In other words, are you qualified to do what the employer needs done or not?Tip Two: Less is More.Your resume is a synopsis of your career, not your autobiography! It doesn’t have to be the ultimate document, just enticing enough to be a conversation starter. It’s a tool. It alone will not get you a job! But it should open doors and stimulate enough interest to meet you in person. Think about it as an ad for you. If the ad prompts a prospective buyer to check out more about the product (you), it’s done its job.Tip Three: Keep it RealThis may be most important resume writing tip of all. Make sure you are very familiar with what you include in the resume. In a personal conversation or interview, your resume will serve as a roadmap, providing a context for the conversation. You should be able to describe details and finer points about the highlights in a colorful, animated way. When you are asked questions about your resume, be enthusiastic and informative when answering.Tip Four: Be FlexibleHere’s the real truth about resumes. There-is no single formula for representing yourself in a resume. Basically, your resume is a document that showcases you and your career achievements. It should also capture and reflect some hints about your personality.Tip Five: Grab AttentionYour resume has to work fast! Create quick and lasting impressions. You can do this through the vocabulary you use, the length or brevity of the document, design, layout, how information is organized and presented. Whatever you do, think about ways to set yourself apart without reflecting poorly on your qualifications for the job or you personally.Be original. Review a number of samples and approaches to get a feel for what others have done. Always ask yourself, if you were a hiring manager, would this resume say something to you?Tip Six: Don’t Forget the Essentials.No matter what format you choose certain elements are required.Optional Sections of a Resume.1. Contact Information* Name
* Mailing address
* Phone (work, residence, wireless, fax)
* E-mail address (if you don’t have one, get one)2. Qualifications Summary. This will tell a potential employer what you are functionally (IT professional, communications executive, operations manager, etc.) and what skills you possess that qualify you for the position. It is one of the most important parts of the resume.3. Work History or Professional Experience – On a chronological resume, this will contain the name of the companies or organizations you worked for, the dates you worked there (years only) and the titles you held. It will also list ACCOMPLISHMENTS (how you used your skills) under each job (See examples in the Appendix). The accomplishments are the backbone of your career. They prove that you can do a job in the future because you have done similar tasks in the past.4. Education and Training – This section follows the body, and concludes the resume. It provides information about your formal education and/or professional training.* List your highest level of education first, and work backward.
* If you have specialized or professional training that relates directly to your job objective, list it.
* If you’ve gone to graduate school, include it.
* If you have a college degree, do not list your high school credentials.5. Optional Sections of a Resume* Certificates and Special Training – include them if they enhance your stature or positioning the job marketplace.
* Professional Affiliations – include current, not past memberships. Be very selective about the associations you list-avoid controversial groups.
* Awards and Recognition – don’t go overboard. It’s nice to be singled out but you don’t want to appear super-human.