By: Christine Wilson
It is a difficult task to write your own resume. There is a lot of information that should be and should not be included in the resume. There are numerous sets of instructions to follow. Having read every one of them, you are left confused as to what should be really included in your resume. To help you remember the basic and most important contents of your resume, here is a simple ABC on writing your resume:
A – Abilities
Of course you should include your skills and abilities. On the other hand, you should only choose the most relevant abilities to the job position you are applying for. You don’t want to bore the hiring manager with your jet skiing, trekking, and analytical skills and abilities when the position you are applying for calls for organizational, researching, and writing skills.
B – Background
Every resume should include a professional background. If you, however, are a fresh graduate and do not have any professional experiences yet, you can include your educational background as well as a list of the trainings and seminars you have attended or participated in the past. These will serve as a sufficient background for your character, interests, and skills. Keep in mind that these are necessary to enable the hiring manager to get to know you better in the pre-interview stage.
C – Competency
To complete your resume, include a list of your competencies and accomplishments. These are also considered as the strong points of your resume, so you should write this part carefully. Your competencies will help the hiring manager make his/her final decision on inviting you for an interview. So be sure to include all relevant competencies in your resume, especially in the qualifications summary section.
Although some parts of a resume are similar for all types of resumes and applicants, it is still better to have your resume personalized and specific to the job position you are applying for. However, don’t forget the ABCs of its contents to ensure that your resume is well written.
Christine Wilson works for a corporate advertising agency that mainly deals with personal branding and personality marketing.