How To Create A Killer Resume In 4 Easy Steps

Job hunting is all about getting noticed and without a killer resume no-one is going to take any notice of you at all. It’s all about making a fantastic first impression so you make it through the early stages of recruitment. Writing your first resume can be daunting. You can sit for hours staring at a blank screen and worry that you don’t have any experience to boast about.

Here’s how you can take just four easy steps to create a killer resume that will truly show what a fantastic employment prospect you are.

Set out the basic format

 

Fill up that blank page with some sub-headings and immediately you have the basic structure of a killer resume. Use these headings:

  • Contact details – your name, address, telephone number and email
  • Personal statement – all about you and what makes you unique
  • Experience – what sort of work you have done that is relevant to the post
  • Education – a list of your qualifications starting with the most recent
  • Achievements – any awards and accolades that you have
  • Hobbies and interests – try to relate these to the post that you are applying for
  • References – names and contact details of people who have agreed to provide a reference

Focus on your experience

 

When you have worked for a while this section will be a chronological list of all the posts that you have held. When you are starting out, you have less to put in here but it is still a vital part of your resume. Instead of focusing on the employment, shift the focus to skills and experience. You can use bullet points to list key skills. You could have acquired these skills at college or at school where you held positions of authority. Don’t forget about sports teams or societies where you were a captain or a team member. You need skills to hold down those positions. Employers like transferable skills such as the ability to work as part of a team, ability to meet deadlines and ability to lead a small group pf your peers. If you have volunteered in the retail sector or in an office you may be able to add:

  • Answering phone calls, responding to emails, dealing with queries from the public
  • Keeping records up-to-date and filing.
  • Introducing a new way of working

List your educational achievements

 

This is the easy part because it doesn’t take much thought. List the most recent ones first. So, if you already have a degree, you should start with that and work backwards. Don’t forget about any additional qualifications that are especially relevant to the post such as Provider Skills CME Courses that will impress the employer.

Personal statement

 

This is one that everyone dreads! There are plenty of examples online so don’t feel that you have to re-invent the wheel. Keep it short, crisp and to the point.

References

 

You do not need to include the actual references. All you need is the names and addresses of someone who has agreed to write you one. High school teachers are perfectly acceptable referees for your first job.