1. Contact Information
Never place the first-page résumé contact information in a text box or header. Most applicant tracking software (ATS) are unable to read header and footer content, and the ATS will remove text box content.
Check that the résumé includes a first and last name, correct telephone number, and a professional email address. The résumé can include additional contact information such as location information, LinkedIn URL, or other social media profile details.
2. Job Goal, Introduction, and Keywords
Under the contact information, add the job name of the position you are tryingto secure to create an ATS match.
Modern introduction sections provide a few bulleted career achievements showcasing valuable contributions.
Include keywords aligned with a specific job in the introduction section to create an ATS match. For example, “project manager” for some job opportunities will be necessary keywords.
Avoid general phrases such as “successful team member” or “strong work ethic” because these phrases say nothing unique and are overused.
Modern resumes do not use an objective statement – it’s self-serving and states the obvious.
3. Experience Section
Work history is usually the most robust résumé section, listing relevant work in chronological order. Avoid writing a job obituary that lists general responsibilities. Instead, include responsibilities and unique accomplishments.
A résumé does not have to provide all work experience. Previous career contributions that are irrelevant to a job goal can be deemphasized or omitted.
4. Education & Training Information
For recent graduates, the education section is usually listed higher on the résumé under the introduction section.
Career changers who have continued education or training to support a new job aim can list education and training under the introduction section to highlight new knowledge and credentials.
Professionals who have two or more years of experience typically have the education section after the experience section because hiring managers are more interested in learning about the experience and accomplishments than the education.
Only attended college for a few classes? Include that education information and the number of credits completed, even if a degree was not awarded. The résumé can include relevant training and certifications.
There’s no need for education disclaimers or statements explaining why a degree was not earned. Do not include personal education philosophy statements.
5. Volunteer, Board Member, and Other Interests
This section can be a differentiator from other qualified candidates. Serving as a volunteer or board member can be included in a résumé to highlight leadership skills and contributions.
Providing one to two sentences about hobbies and interests can also spur discussions with future employers.
Avoid religious, political, or other controversial statements and views.
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