Your resume is a marketing tool. It is a document that is put together to almost ‘sell’ all of your strengths and abilities that would make you the right person for any position that you aspire to.
What makes you unique? Why are you the right fit for the role and how can you contribute to the overall success of the organisation?
These are the questions your resume needs to answer – so it helps to know a bit about the organisation so you can choose your strengths, experiences and abilities that are relevant to the position you are going for.
There are a lot of websites out there offering advice on how to write a resume. The trick is to use your initiative in creating one that reflects you as a person, and that you are happy with. Whatever template or procedure you decide to use and follow, just ensure you like the way it looks, it includes what makes you unique and what strengths you have that would benefit the organistation.
I know what you’re thinking, and before you say it, let me interrupt… of course you have strengths! Just taking the initiative to write a resume and hand it in is a start!
Possible skills and strengths to use when writing your resume
- I am eager to learn (meaning your a great listener and ask appropriate questions)
- I am coachable and willing to learn (meaning you listen, pay attention and can follow instructions)
- I am committed to doing my best (meaning you give things a go and talk positively)
- I am capable of working within a team (meaning you can ask questions when you need to and offer to help your team members)
- I use initiative and can work independently (meaning you don’t have to wait to be given instructions all of the time, and can step up and help out even when you haven’t been asked)
- I am responsible, reliable and punctual (meaning you can be trusted and relied upon and show up on time)
How to set out your resume
Page 1 of your resume
- My resume begins with my name as the heading, with my address and contact details underneath it. I also have a small photo of myself (this is a school photo, not a party selfie, because I want to look employable and professional. But if your going for a position that involves partying, go ahead. It’s prob appropriate in that situation).
- I then include a subheading ‘Objective’. Here I have written a short paragraph (5 lines approx.) about myself, my passions and interests. For example, ‘I am a reliable, passionate and motivated student in Year 9 at the I’m Awesome College. I am always striving to be the best I can be with high standards and expectations. I take responsibility for my own learning and commit to all that I involve myself in. I am competitive at netball… etc.’
- My next subheading is ‘skills’. See above for some tips if you are unsure.
Page 2 of your resume
A reminder, these are just tips and ideas for you. It is up to you to use your initiative (a strengths of yours) to pick what advice speaks to you, how you might use it or tailor it to suit you, or does it give you other ideas of other things to include?
The second page of my resume includes subheadings like my education, what courses I have done and what jobs I have had previously. The following are ideas of possible subheadings you might use. I suggest putting them in order of when you did them, and include dates.
- Education (where you are going to school, what year level you are in and what subjects you have/are studying)
- Extra-Curricular (are you involved in any other activities outside of school? Like sport, music, art or things like debating? Have you participated in school activities like sport days or concerts?)
- Employment or Volunteer Work (have you worked before? If so, where and what did you do? If you haven’t worked before, have you volunteered anywhere? Again, where and what did you do? Have you been a part of any fundraising? If so, what for?)
- Achievements (have you won any awards like school captain, high test score in a subject, participated in interesting projects or won a race anywhere?)
- Experiences and interests (have you been on any school camps, or family holidays overseas or anywhere that gives you life experience? This is where you can think about the type of position you are going for and about other things you may have been a part of that would make you suitable and right for this job)
- Use dot points and separate your lines so it’s easy to read
- Include a separate page at the end just for your references. A reference is someone your potential employer may call and talk to about what you have written in your resume. So it is important that you ask the people to be a reference before you list them!
- Include three references (these people can’t be relatives. Perhaps a favourite teacher you might have, a sport coach or someone you have volunteered for or worked for). So you would list their name, email address and phone number. If you choose to, you could write a sentence or two about why they are a reference for you. For example, John Green (followed by contact details) – able to comment on my enthusiasm and passion for learning, my commitment to academics and ability to balance school with my passion for sport.
Did you find this post helpful? Is there any other questions you have that I have not addressed? Let me know!