Putting an effective resume together may seem like a daunting task. A detailed history of your education and job experiences would have to fit into a relatively small amount of space without overwhelming your potential reader.
Here are a few steps you can follow to help put together your resume.
1. Gather information
Get names, dates and addresses for the jobs you have had. In the case where your prospective employer requests for a list, ensure that you check with previous employers or teachers if you can list them as references.
2. Pick a resume style
You can choose from chronological, functional or one that combines both. Looking at sample resumes can also help you decide the best format for the job you're seeking.
3. Provide your educational history
Include relevant information about graduation dates, areas of study and degrees received in this section of your resume.
4. Mention your working experiences
Check with the hiring company to see what kind of working history they require. Include your career history spanning over a period of 5 to 10 years. Include relevant job details and scope of work in this section as well.
5. List your skills
Awards or special training you have received should come under this section to highlight any soft skills or accolades and achievements.
To conclude, start with the most important information at the top of the resume. Most employers usually scan the top half without reading the entire page. Try to limit your resume to one page, or two if necessary.
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