Glenford Smith | What to include in your resume
QUESTION: I am having a problem. What do I put in my resume, since I am just leaving University? I don't have any work experience as yet, but I do have my university qualification. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.
CAREERS: Thank you for your question. Your question is a very common one which college and university graduates confront regularly. But if you pay close attention to what is in this column, you will be alright.
Let me start by giving you an approved format for your resume, which includes a personal statement, key qualifications, work history, education and training, and personal details. It is understandable if the work history will have very few things.
Your well thought-out personal statement can give the potential employer a clearer picture of you, including your interests and aptitude. What you think of as your strengths, other positive qualities, as well as your weaknesses at this early stage of your career can be included in this section. You can give an idea of the direction you hope your career will take.
In the personal statement, you may include either a separate personal profile and career objective, or you may combine the two to form a single statement.
Under key achievement, you can include any special duties or responsibilities you undertook at college or university. Also highlight any awards or special citations you have gotten. Include anything that rounds out the picture of you as a responsible and dependable individual with experience beyond the classroom or lecture theatre.
You need to persuade your potential employer that you have qualities that will be useful to them in the workplace.
The work history section of your resume seeks to show the type of work experience you might have had. As a young employee, this can be university or college work experience that you were mandated to complete, holiday work that you did, or paid work on campus.
It doesn't matter if your experience is different from the sort of work you are applying for, it will still demonstrate that you are familiar with a working environment. You can show that you appreciate the importance of punctuality, following instructions and being responsible, for example.
Include in the work history any experience you have had on campus or anywhere you were employed but did not necessarily get paid. These include any voluntary work you have done, as well as work placements or work experience courses, especially if they are relevant to the job that you are applying for.
The education and training section of your resume is probably one of your most important. Therefore, cover it fully. This is especially true if you have a university or college degree closely related to the sort of work you're applying for. Include any course you have undertaken.
Your resume is not a place to be modest, but keep your ego under check, as it can get the better of you. Also, under no circumstance should you tell a lie or shade the truth. Tell the full truth and nothing but the truth. My well wishes.
- Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'. firstname.lastname@example.org