Today is Valentine’s Day, a day filled with love for many, anxiety for some, and deep sadness and longing for others. We decided to share some love for our followers by talking about some resume tips. Now that we have downloadable resume templates for our DIYers, we hope this post fits in nicely.
Your resume should have these sections:
Contact information: Your full name, email address, phone number, and your residing city and state at minimum.
Professional Summary: This section is a great place to really highlight major achievements, certifications, and your brief career history. I like to think of it as a brief introduction to you as a professional. Avoid first person when you can, and end with a very specific position or field for the job you are seeking and maybe the new location if you are relocating. This is new and replaces the objective section of a resume that always came across as too vague.
Skills: This section is a fantastic snapshot of your hard and soft skills. Make a concise list. I love the way this looks formatted in 3 columns; it really breaks up the document and brings attention to the area. List any areas of expertise, hardware and software skills, buzz words for your industry, and industry areas in which you have work experience.
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Professional Experience: this is the section you need to spend most of your time on. You always want to include your position title, the company name, location, and dates of employment or position. Conserve space in this section by placing multiple items on lines. The description of the job should be concise and in bullet format for ease of reading. While listing your responsibilities is good to show your duties, it should be worded as an achievement if possible, especially if you were able to improve your responsibility. If there is a way to quantify your achievements always use those numbers. Always start with an action verb and if it is in the present tense, use present tense. If it is a job, task, or achievement that was in the past, use past tense. Avoid first person, and do not write in complete sentences. Each job position should have no less than 3 bullet points but can have as many as necessary as long as they add value and are unique. Lastly, don’t use a period at the end of your statement.
Education: This section is important and can be in a variety of places on your resume depending on your industry. Rule of thumb for me is if the time you took to earn your education is less than the amount of time you have working in that industry resulting from that education, it should go towards the end of your resume. If you are a new graduate it needs to go at the top, preferably right under your professional summary.
Professional Licenses, Certifications, and Specialized Training: List all your current certifications, certifying or accrediting body, and dates either earned or dates good for.
Professional Affiliations: Room permitting, this is a nice section to show any current involvement in any professional membership associations. List name of organization, role, and dates.
Volunteer and Community Service: Room permitting, this is a great section to show your involvement and investment in the community. List organization, role, and dates.
This guide is our Valentine’s Day Gift for you. We tried to make it applicable across all industries and professions.
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—Ashley Gulyas, PharmD
Founder, Owner, and Pharmacy Editor