I have been in recruiting for nearly 10 years and I can say that I have seen it all when it comes to resumes.
When it comes to creating your own professional resume you can’t assume anything. A resume is your presentation letter, let’s say, and it is your big first impression to the company. It must reflect your personality and your personal information, your education and work experience.
Remember this: “You’ll never have a second chance to create a good first impression”
So, let’s get started! These are the most important parts of a resume:
Personal Information: Name, address (or a partial address if you prefer to protect your privacy) telephone and email (Optional: Twitter, Linkedin, etc).
Profile or Objective: Describe yourself and what you do like to do, and what your skills are.
Education: Your recent education is great, but do not add high school if you graduated from college.
Certifications: When it comes to IT, it is very important to list your certifications. Add them in your resume depending on what position you are applying to.
Work Experience: Always add employers from the most recent to the oldest. Listing them in reverse order is a big mistake! Remember, list the name of the company, location and title and below that, add your responsibilities in a clear and “understandable way”. Don’t get to technical here or some recruiters may pass on your experience because they didn’t understand what you really do!
References: This is optional. Most job seekers list "Available upon request" and this is fine.
Time to get your resume ready and start applying!
Senior Recruiting Consultant at Pierpoint International