You are looking for a job and you are out to land job of a lifetime. It can happen! Before you consider want ads, job websites, or making inquiries of companies you are interested in, you will need a resume. Your resume writing can either make or break a job opportunity.
The first thing your resume must be is functional. It is to give employer most information possible in one page. Resumes that are longer than one page are often put aside. Employers just don't have time to read every page. At best many just scan your resume and count on your cover letter and maybe an interview to glean anything else about you before you are considered for hire.
In order for your resume to be functional you group your skills into different sections and your titles at bottom. This is format people who are changing careers typically use. They don't want to draw attention to gaps in employment or their lack of direct experience.
The chronological resume is well organized listing of skills, education, and employment in order from most current experience backward or reverse order. The categories of your resume should be concise and relevant to position for which you are applying.
If you are fresh out of college and unemployed put your education first, directly below letterhead. You will list your school, your degree, your major and your graduation date. If space allows you can list your relevant course work, related academic awards, and/or your grade point average.
Other categories include relevant work experience, volunteer experiences and other skills such as computer skills, any publications you may have written or contributed to, and language skills as they might apply to position.
Finally, you will list your references or make statement ôReferences will be furnished upon request. Let me give you important advice about references. Do not list someone as a reference unless you have obtained his or her consent to do so. You will want person you ask for a reference to be a former boss, teacher, long time friend who is familiar with your abilities, and possibly your clergyman.
The appearance of your resume is very important. The font you use should be clear and easy to read. The suggested font for a resume is a Sans Serif font like Arial or Verdana. These fonts come out more clearly in faxes.