Crafting a strong resume is no small task, but there are some general guidelines to follow that will make this process easier.
If you’ve spent time trying to find your dream job in the government sector, and you have received an opportunity to apply for one, it is essential to create a strong resume. This is so you can guarantee an interview and hopefully gain a position there.
First and foremost, before even filing a document with qualifications, candidates should be sure that they’re not using a pre-existing resume template from the likes of Microsoft or other office application creators. This comes across as “cheap” and “quick,” and it’s not something that employers like to see. With an original template, be sure to include some key items of information:
1. Contact Information:
This one should be a no-brainer, but a surprising number of resumes get sent to employers with bare-bones contact information or none at all. It’s pretty hard to receive a call for an interview if the employer has no method of reaching the applicant. Include an email address, a postal mailing address, and a telephone number, as part of this contact information. If the position is high-tech or involves social media, be sure to include things like Twitter and Facebook usernames.
2. Objectives and Education:
There are better reasons for applying to a job than merely “I need the income.” State a clear objective about what will be accomplished in the position, and what this specific set of skills brings to the table. Then list those skills, including all educational experience and practical experience at similar employers. Describe these skills briefly, but strongly, near the top of the document.
3. Previous Areas of Employment:
While education and other skills are important when determining whether a candidate is qualified, his or her prior job experience is another essential tool for hiring managers to use. Be sure to include relevant employment experience below educational pursuits in the resume. This will show a commitment to the field and an ability to be a key member of the team from day one of employment.
With the right education and skills, a candidate for any position can make a strong impression. That impression can be strengthened with personal and professional references that can attest to the candidate’s character, skill set, and drive. Include the phone numbers and email addresses of those who would be most likely to give high marks to things like job commitment, goals, previous achievements, and other areas of strength. When employers can hear positive things from other professionals, they’ll be more likely to offer a candidate the job.
A portfolio is another crucial element in a resume, especially in the art & media industry. It is also a great tool to make the resume stands out in the stack. Employers love to see work examples as a way to measure the candidate’s creativity and competency. One of the best and easiest ways to showcase a portfolio is by creating a simple website that exhibits a collection of your previous or concept works.
With the right attention to detail, job candidates can write a resume that makes a clear case for why they’re the best candidate. Remember to write a resume that is brief, makes a strong case, and provides clear examples of skills, successes, and personal relationships. With these things included, there is no telling how far a candidate can go in the pursuit of a new position.