How old are you? There is a big difference between a resume for someone still in college, a recent college grad and an adult with work experience. In general, you want to highlight work experience (again, this will depend on your age--a young, college student will want to maybe put mall work or summer work on the resume, but an adult would not), education, volunteer work, any additional skills you have (speak another language, know programming, html etc.).
27 but little work experience because I've been trying to be trained in this or the other. (The phlebotomy training finally worked out!) Thank you for the tips! Would it be a good idea to mention that I was in JROTC and High School choir?
I ask because I graduated in '03. So I don't know how far back I should reach to find things. I've done volunteer work with my church more recently, too, so I know that I can mention those.
Again, thank you so much for the tips. I really appreciate it.
If you have been in training, then this should be on your education section, and most employers would see that you have been going to school, so logically, you wouldn't have held full time employment.
JROTC is a good thing to mention (because it shows leadership training) and any volunteer work. Under the 'volunteer' work section, it is a good idea to list the duties that you did (just like you would for a normal job section). You can mention that you are in a choir as one of your interests, but I wouldn't go as far back as saying it was a "high school" choir. Good luck.
Thank you for explaining. I know I've said it several times, but you're really helping me out. So I wouldn't have to mention which choir it was (highschool/church) just mention it under the interests? Alright. ^^
Personal Details Name: Address: Phone: Email: (not something like XxXsexybby69XxX@hotmail.com... something professional)
Personal Profie This is where you outline your skills. Like organisation, communication, I.T skills, typing speed (for office work mainly), that you work well as a team or on your own initiative, customer service
Education In order, most recent first. Eg. on mine is along the lines of:
2011 to present: Computer Applications City and Guilds Level 2 I.C.E Group This course consists of (etc)
2009 to 2011: Bachelor Arts Degree National University of Ireland, Galway Studied two years of Bachelor Arts Degree in English and Information Technology.
Employment History Again, most recent first.
July 2011 to August 2012: <The position you were in, eg Sales Assistant, Office Administrator, General Worker> Address of company <Brief description of what work you did in the job. Make a point of going back to what is in your Personal Profile. Eg. "I organised X", "I worked as a team player in the area of", "I had to work under pressure" etc>
Interests and Achievements Bullet points are the best for this, make it short but informative. Try to bring out things that are useful for the job and make you look good. I speak a basic level of French. I have a full, clean driving license. I had excellent attendance throughout my school career. I am interested in drawing and graphic design.
Referees Referees are available on request. (This gives you time to call your references and ask them to stand for you, if you are considered for the job).
Also, ensure you tailor your C.V for each job you apply for. If the job description calls for particular skills, ie. Communication skills, and you have good communication skills but it is not on your C.V, include it in your personal profile before you send it.
I'm not sure if resumes are made up the same way in the U.S as they are in Ireland, but I hope this helps in some way.
Thank you so very much for showing this! You've explained it very well and I so very very appreciate it. Mind if I copy this to wordpad and use it as reference? It looks like this format should work, even if I do have to edit.
There are different types of resumes. There are chronological resumes, functional resumes, hybrid resumes, etc. I would aim for a functional resume. Functional resumes are geared toward people who have more educational experience than on the job experience. Try using Google to find "Microsoft Office Functional Resume Template" from microsoft.com (I wouldn't recommend downloading from anyone else). That way you can get a general idea of how other people lay things out. I personally like bold headings, but that's just me!
I'd also put a lot of effort into your cover letter since that could really set you apart!
Is it the cover letter that's supposed to be the most attention getting? The site I linked did mention that -something- has to be eye catching and that it isn't supposed to be too small or too hard to read certain things at a glance. (Generally, I'd think that part would have to be the whole thing, but it's not bad to be sure.)
Thank you for the tip! ^^ I'll get to checking that site.
Yep! The cover letter should be attention getting to pull them in, since they probably get a million of them, and easy to read for the same reason!
You're welcome! Tons of luck on the job hunt! Don't forget, you have mad mad skills! They need you! Desperately! Don't let them forget it! In fact, you might not even really want the job if it's not up to your expectations!
That makes perfect sense. Thank you for talking this over with me. ^^
And thank you so much for the encouragement. I've definitely got the skill since the people said I did well in clinicals--it's just getting to use them! Even recall the order of the draw (like I should, honestly. It's not really a special thing. XD).
Ooo! One last thing! Don't be shy about asking your teachers for recommendations, references, or suggestions as to where to apply! Don't be shy about mentioning them to the hiring manager either if they've worked at the place!
We have an unemployment office--actually had gotten financial aid for the class through them so they'll definitely want a copy of the certification. Thank you for reminding me about that!
It brings another question though: is it more likely that they'll have somewhere they want me to apply for first, since they paid for the class? Can't help but wonder, though I probably ought to ask them when I take the paper for them to copy.
Alright, thank you. ^^ I emailed someone earlier today and she did mention she wanted to make a copy of the certification, so that's where I got that one. But it'll be nice if I can apply at chosen places first and then go from that!
I started working on my own resume recently. I've found that keeping track of volunteer activities (since I have no work experience) was very helpful, although I guess that doesn't help you out much if you don't remember much. :\ It was also good to kinda make a list of everything I had at my disposal to put on the resume, then cut out the information less relevant to the position.
Oh good luck to her! It was rewarding enough to just do the clinicals, (at least for me) so I hope she'll get this. ^^
So perhaps talking with my church group about what we've done volunteering here and there? Of course I'd need to tell them why I'm asking about it again, but it's some of the most recent that I can definitely recall doing.
Hm. I remember for certain that I was in JROTC for either 3 or nearly 4 years--can't remember the exact year and semester I started. Then it's definitely three years that I was in show choir. ...not much useful to someone looking for "how can this person help phlebotomy" though, is it?
Something I definitely read is that I shouldn't have more than a page worth of information though. Makes sense, they probably have to crawl through hundreds of them every time they're looking. ...and quite honestly, I think it's the only thing I'll get right, currently!
Yeah, asking about what you all volunteered for is a good start. You can put on your resume that you were are are an active volunteer there, and list the most relevant activities you did.
I would create a separate document that keeps track of the activities you've done, so you can pick from it. So you could list on your document, "Show choir, JROTC, church volunteering with the food bank, church volunteering fundraiser, church reaching out to kids," etc., while on your resume only write down what you feel is most important or relevant to the job. But, in case you go for a different job, you still have this document available.
If that makes sense. Personally, I've kept track of volunteer and leadership activities since high school. Since there's more on there than would fit on my resume, I have to pick and choose, but at least I have something to choose from.
Gotta thank you for talking with me on this--it's giving more ideas what to do to even plan for resumes. XD
And you make plenty of sense. What I can say for absolute certain is that I definitely graduated high school and got through the phlebotomy training. So those are things that I have certain numbers for--highschool was over in '03 and the phlebotomy stuff was finished about a month ago. Plus I was certified for CPR/AED during that.
Maybe it'd help if I can make a separate list for things that I can definitely put a date to. And who knows, by working backward I might find more that I remember. Perhaps even 'definite date' and 'not certain when, but definitely between A and B', for my own lists of things?
Whatever helps you feel organized and able to easily transfer information is going to benefit you, I think. So if it helps to have one list of dates, and one "not sure" list, then by all means do it. c:
As far as what exactly to put on your resume I couldn't help you there - since I'm new at it myself. The About.com was somewhat helpful, as was talking to other adults and referencing my mom's.