Before creating a resume, understand what your main objective is. Why are you creating a personal resume in the first place? Do you plan to use this resume for only one position or multiple? There are many reasons to create a resume, but the main purpose of it is to make yourself stand out of the crowd. Here are some steps on how to start your first resume.

  1. Brainstorm – make sure you know what is going to be on your resume
    1. You should have a general idea of what your resume will consist of.
    2. I would probably write out everything on paper so I can fix my mistakes on the way. This way, when you have your final draft, everything is laid out perfectly.
  2. The basics – what are the main topics you will have?
    1. Name/Information- Name always comes first so your employer will know who they are dealing with. Basic information of your location and contact information is useful so hiring managers can get a hold of you.
    2. Education – Future employers will like to know where you come from. Coming from a good school will raise your awareness, but it is not the only way to catch a person’s attention.
    3. Experience – Did you have any past experiences that will benefit for this next position? Employers would like to see that you are qualified to work for them. So, if you have experience in painting, how does that connect to IT? Only focus on IT objectives and what you can do.
    4. Skills – If you do not have much experience working in the field, provide some skills you have obtained while in school. This lets the hiring managers know that you are fit for the job and have the potential to grow.
    5. Awards – To show that you stand out of the crowd, display some awards you had. If you done anything memorable in school and was acknowledged for it or any certifications, put it out there.
    6. Community Activity/Volunteer/Clubs – This is a great image for you to show that you are an active person who loves to get involve with your community. You do not just focus on only school and work, but helping others.
    7. These are only some suggestions to start up your resume. Everyone’s resume is different from one another, but by now you should have gotten the concept of a resume.
  3. Add some details – Make your resume a one of kind
    1. Work with different templates – see what fits your style. How would you like employers to view your resume.
    2. Work with font sizes – How big do you want to set your fonts for the headings and sub-headings. Do you plan on writing a lot or a little?
    3. Spice it up – there are infinite ways to make your resume special. Make sure that it catches yourself and the reader’s attention.

 

Always pair your resume with a good cover letter. The letter describes your skills along with a set career goal. Now this is the time to really show that you stand out of the crowd. Show employers that you are willing to go the distance who has potential. Cover letters are plain and simple, but packs a big punch to reel in the reader. Always have your basics down, introduce yourself and your reason for writing the letter in the first place. Cover letters usually consist of 3-4 paragraphs explaining about your knowledge of the field and your future employer. Next, summarize yourself of what you have accomplished and advancements of IT. With past experience, talk about the similarities you have and differences you want to be challenged in. After, talk about how you are the perfect fit for the company.  Good people is hard to find, but you need to persuade the hiring manager that you are the right candidate for the position.  Lastly, don’t hesitate to tell them that you want to be part of the team. Tell them to contact you because you are ready as soon as possible. Do not waste the time and energy to write a resume and cover letter and have doubts about working for the company.  Be bold and determine because you will thank yourself in the future. Now this is just the beginning, I believe I have said most of what you need to be prepared. The rest is up to you to decide if you want to take action or lay back.

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