Is it time to start job hunting? A job search can be difficult, but when a position is found in which a person’s qualifications match the position, the applicant should be prepared to apply as soon as possible. One thing needed in the application process is a professional resume. There are many ways to build a resume, and there are sections that most standard résumés include that a potential employer will expect to see. To build a professional resume you will need writing supplies, personal information, work, and educational experience.
The tools that will be needed to accomplish this task are quite easy to obtain. At the very minimum, one will need a pen or pencil, information about current and previous employers, references, and of course, legible handwriting. In most cases, when completing a resume, a computer and printer are a much better choice to compose and print for submission.
The initial step of building the resume is typing one’s name, contact information (i.e. address, phone number, and email address). The name and contact information can be typed in bold font to help it stand out. Next, one should create an objective for the resume. The objective may be changed slightly depending on the position for which is being applied. State the type of job sought, as well as the particular setting that is desired. For example, a nursing resume might say, “seeking a position as a full-time registered nurse in the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU)”. Add a section to list all professional experience (if applicable), include only relevant positions. List one’s title, company, or institution where the employment was, the location of the job and the dates of the employment. Be sure to list three to five bullet points under each position listed in the professional experience section. These bullet points should explain the main duties and responsibilities of each job. Try to make the responsibilities listed as relevant as possible to the job.