How to Write the Perfect Resume to Showcase your Achievements
Where to Start
In order to get your resume on the right track you will need to build the header and headline, which will consist of your full name, address, email, and phone number. It is critical that your name is bold and in all caps. Bold capital letters build confidence and starting your resume off with a heading that conveys confidence really helps you set the tone. Make sure that the font for your name is slightly larger than the address, email, and phone number and that the entire heading is centered at the top of document. Now that you have a solid header it is time to move on to writing your objective statement.
The Objective Statement
Writing an objective statement is vital to creating a successful and purposeful resume. Each objective statement should be a collection of short sentences that explain what you are looking to accomplish, how you are going to accomplish it, and why you are a perfect match for the position you are seeking based on various experiences and skills that you have. See the example below:
To utilize my education and military/professional work experiences to obtain the Product Guide position within your organization. Possesses excellent organization, leadership, communication, time management, customer service, networking, decision making, and research skills with exceptional attention to detail. Proven track record as a high performing team leader and member to achieve set goals within an organization.
To build off this general objective make sure to list out the specific organization you are applying to and the company you are wishing to working. Honestly, the objective statement is the hardest statement to write and it is all down hill from here.
The Body of Your Resume
Now that we have gotten the headline and objective statement out of the way we are going to move on to the body of your resume.
First off, list out your education. List the degree or diploma achieved, the title of the degree, and the school or educational establishment. Make sure to list the years attended in the left indent.
Secondly, list out your work experience. Make sure that you include the employer, your job title while working there, and your responsibilities and achievements while working for that employer. It is critical to use numbers and examples that a person can quantify while reading your achievements.
Lastly, list out job related qualifications and computer skills. Now a days, it is critical to have a separate section for computer skills because nearly every job out there interfaces with computer platforms at some levels.
In order to best sum all of this up I have provided an example below:
Company JUL 2017 – APR 2018
- Description of responsibilities and achievements.
JOB RELATED TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
Description in bullet format
- Typing Speed: 60 words per minute (wpm)
- Adobe Acrobat and InDesign
- Google Gmail, Docs, and Drive
- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Windows 10, OpenOffice, Office 365, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Visio (diagramming and vector graphics application), Publisher, SharePoint Illustrator, and other Microsoft software
- Office Software Systems
- Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR) – integrated healthcare software to support patient care functions in large healthcare organizations and academic medical centers
- Clairvia – interface used to staff efficiently and provide acute transitions of patient care
- Jira – development tool used to prioritize and discuss team workload based on real-time data
- Jama – integrated solution tool for guiding strategic and operational product development