Resumes are essential for any type of job search. Understand how to use a resume template to create your own in this free lesson.
A resume is a document that you put together to sell your skills and experience to a hiring manager when you are trying to get a specific job. Hiring managers scan numerous resumes to find the few candidates who most closely match the needs of their organizations. They usually meet with these candidates for interviews to determine which candidate to hire.
The same basic information should be included on each resume, regardless of which resume format is used. The information you should include is:
- Your Contact Information, so a hiring manager can easily get in touch with you if needed.
- A Professional Summary, sometimes called a profile, that gives the hiring manager a glimpse of your skills and accomplishments.
- Your Employment History, which should provide specific details about the accomplishments and successes you've had in your previous jobs. It always includes the names and locations of the employer, and should include a job title that is generally understandable. Dates are often included in this section, although you may want to omit them if you have gaps in your employment history.
- Your Education information, which should include the certifications or degrees you have earned, the institutions from which you earned them, and the dates they were awarded.
- Any Additional Skills and Information that highlight any technical or specialized skills you have that are applicable to the position.