Getting Started with Your First Resume CV
If you have already created a resume in the past, but before completing your college or school studies, you need to start with a “blank slate”. This is because any official academics have tremendous value in a resume and should work in your favor for each and every job application that you submit.
So, the most common question that people have when they make a resume is if there are specific guidelines in terms of headings, order of the entries, etc. What we can tell you is that there are resume “templates” in many word processing programs and there are also some basic “outlines” that a lot of people will use. The common list includes:
• Contact details
• An objective statement
• Educational history
• Work experience
• Achievements/Awards/Activities/Published works
• Other – (This is a good area for inserting details about your interests, your ability with foreign or computer languages, your membership in relevant organizations, and any volunteering done)
There is not a lot of flexibility in terms of the order in which these items will appear, but what we can tell you is that there is tremendous flexibility in terms of the data appearing in any of the areas. For example, if you are creating a resume for the first time you have to accept that each document is structured for a single reader – the potential boss. This means that you do have to create an individualized resume according to each job description you are applying to.
What we suggest is that you craft the “objective statement” first because this will help you to understand your goals and how your past makes you a good candidate. For example, if you are applying for an administrative assistant position in an advertising agency in order to “get your foot in the door”, don’t lay an emphasis on your degree from an art institute but instead identify that you did this same work in a local gallery or that you volunteered with a local artists’ association handling all of their correspondence and organizing shows.
Do you see the point? What we are saying is that you have to understand your own objectives and professional strengths, and only then will you apply them to the resume in order to describe yourself as an optimal candidate. By all means, use the outline given and fill in the data accordingly, just remember to keep it targeted and concise and you are likely to get a call for an interview.