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How Can I Write an Effective Resume?

In a competitive job market, it’s important to write your resume in an effective and compelling manner. By presenting your work experience and skills in the best possible light, you can secure a job interview and hopefully, that much-desired position (and salary!)

There is no one formula for writing an effective resume since each person has his own unique skills and experience. However, a good resume should include certain sections. This should include the career objective or goal, educational background and work experience, and references. If applicable, include teaching and publication experience. Include personal data as well.

The career objective should be specific and bold enough to grab the attention of the employers and show that you are driven and ambitious. For example, instead of just saying “I want to get into a writing position” you can say “to share my extensive background in journalism and train the next generation of writers and editors.”

The objective should be brief and to the point. Anything too long or wordy will only bore the reader and dilute the message.

Fresh graduates should then proceed to discussing Education, including not just the degree but the kind of grades and the extra curricular activities you may have participated in, such as organizations, volunteer activities and summer jobs held during the time you studied in college. If they see that you have worked to put yourself through school and also tried to have a well-rounded background, they may realize that you’re the kind of go-getter they want to have on their team.

Those who have been in the workforce for a long time should put “Work Experience” before education, since this is far more interesting to an employer than what you did in college a decade ago.

“Personal experience” includes some info on yourself (like if you’re married with kids) and hobbies. This humanizes you and also gives them a picture of the kind of person you are.

In “References” it’s better to name a few people which will show how confident you are in your skills and how you have little to hide. Do tell these references beforehand that people may be calling them.

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