Category Archives: Resume Writing

Resumes for High School Students

Whether you’re applying for a summer job, preparing college applications, or just writing one for a class assignment, it’s more and more common for high school students to need a resume. But, have you run into any of these issues as you start writing?

  1. most of the resume examples available are for experienced professionals or college students
  2. you probably don’t have much, if any, relevant work experience – yet
  3. you have skills you could offer different employers, but you’re not sure how to describe them

Understand the Purpose of the Resume
A lot of people think that a resume will get them a job, but in truth, a resume’s purpose is to get you an interview. Most employers only take 15-20 seconds to scan a resume! They are usually looking for some key terms, skills, abilities and experience that suggest to them that you could do the job they want you to do. If you catch their attention in those first 15-20 seconds, they will probably take a much closer look at your resume, then may ask you to come in for an interview. So you need to make sure you catch their attention, and fast! But how? Emphasize the skills and abilities you have by highlighting them close to the top of your resume. After all, we read from top to bottom, and left to right. So anything you want to highlight should appear close to the top of the document; within individual phrases, keep relevant information closest to the left side of the page. Also keep in mind that your resume will be most effective if you tailor it to each position you’re applying for. At the very least, prepare tailored resumes for each type of position, i.e. retail, life guarding, education, summer camp, etc.

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Resume Trends of 2012- What to Follow and What to Discard

Guest Author: Mark Larson
Website: Resume Index
Anyone who has made a resume would know how confusing it is. Everyone you consult or discuss your resume with has some opinion or another about what information it should include and how it should be laid out. However, there are some aspects of a resume that everyone would agree with. These aspects change with time, and the beginning of a new year brings with it some new trends in resume building. Here are some of the latest aspects of resume building that will help you craft a resume suitable for 2012:

1.      Get Rid of the ‘Objective’ Statements
There was a time when a good resume was recognized by the presence of a career objective or a professional summary, or even both. This year, the practice of including such statements has died out for the simple reason that they waste a lot of space on the resume. Minimalistic statements are the latest trend in resumes this year, so it is time you cut down your elaborate objective and summary statements to a single line that says how the position being applied for will help in moving your career forward. You need to get to the point quickly and begin with relevant facts for job applications, like your professional achievements.

2.      Add Facts and Figures
Another trend is the addition of concise facts and figures in your resume. These figures have to be real, of course, and indicative of your achievements. For example, you can say that you increased the sales in your region by ‘20%’ instead of writing ‘substantially’. This year, it is time to bring down the number of broad and generic terms used in your resume and add concrete numbers as proof of your abilities. You can get ideas for ways to do this by looking at resume examples online.  This makes your resume seem more realistic rather than a sales pitch.

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Photos On Resumes Or LinkedIn – Advice To The Job Seeker….

Guest Author: Peggy McKee

Recently, a job seeker asked me this: “If it’s not a good idea to include a photo on your resume, why is it a good idea to include it on LinkedIn? Doesn’t the photo on LinkedIn invite the same potential discrimination issues as including it on the resume does?”

This is a tricky issue. We’ve all been told over and over again never to use a photo on the resume, and there are good reasons for that. Anti-discrimination laws in our country have resulted in many Human Resources departments throwing out otherwise great resumes if they include a picture. Companies are so afraid of being sued that they avoid the slightest appearance of bias by eliminating any resume with a photo right off the bat. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing—your skills and accomplishments should be what gets you the interview, not your looks.

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