While it’s only a page or two in length, a resume is one of the most important parts of a job application. Your resume is your most powerful tool in telling the story of your professional history to potential employers.
A well-written resume that highlights your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get selected for an interview. Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise, and clear and easy to read.
Choose a Resume Type
Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for your situation is well worth the effort.
Choose the Right Font and Size
It’s important to choose a font and font size that is legible and leaves enough white space on the page. You also want to keep style features (such as italics, underlining, bold, and the use of bullets) to a minimum; reserve the use of boldface for section headings and for quantifiable achievements that you would like to have “pop” on the page (Example: “Secured and fulfilled $1.5M contract”). When you use a particular style, use it consistently.
Use Resume Keywords
Most companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings.
In order to get found, your resume needs to contain keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in.
Spend some time matching your qualifications to the job to ensure you’re including the appropriate keywords and skills. In addition to helping your resume get selected, it will also help the hiring manager see how your skills and experiences make you an ideal candidate for the specific job.
Jazz up Your Job Descriptions
Review the descriptions you’ve written for each job. Are they going to show the hiring manager why you’re a good match? Do they sound impressive? Take a couple of minutes to tweak them a little so they look super impressive.
Proof Your Resume
Be sure to thoroughly edit your resume before sending it. Check for grammar and spelling errors, as well as any style inconsistencies. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter. Also, review these proofing tips to ensure that your resume is consistent and error-free.
Along with resume examples, you can use a resume template as a starting point for creating your own resume. Add your information to the resume template, then tweak and edit it to personalize your resume so that it highlights your own unique skills and abilities.
You can refer the example below:
234 Howard Street • Milwaukee, WI 53210 • (123) 456-7890 • email@example.com
Skillful and customer service-oriented Cashier with proven capacities for checkout and return transactions, point of sale operations, and team organization and motivation. Key skills include:
- Cash Handling / Credit Transactions
- Up-selling / Cross-selling Strategies
- Product Knowledge Acquisition
- Team Supervision & Training
- Customer Education
- Issue Resolution
HARDWARE SALES, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Head Cashier (February 2017 – Present)
Performed all cash handling and credit transactions with 100% accuracy. Processed checkout and return transactions, provided solutions to customer queries and issues, and coached and trained new hires.
- Leveraged strong product knowledge to educate customers and maximize up-selling and cross-selling opportunities.
- Promoted to role as Head Cashier six months after initial hiring as Cashier.
- Earned 3 “Employee of the Quarter” awards.
ARNOLD’S DRIVE-IN, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Waitress (November 2015 – January 2017)
Concurrent with education, provided attentive customer service to patrons of popular local restaurant. Greeted guests, provided menu recommendations, and took orders; helped to maintain dining room.
- Trained and mentored new wait staff in winning customer service techniques.
- Earned frequent commendations from restaurant guests for cheerfulness and creation of positive dining experiences.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Associate’s Degree in Business Management, 2017
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Technical Proficiencies: Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, and POS systems