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The ABCs of Resume Writing

Getting a job today is no easy task. Especially for young moms with little to no experience.

I think it’s important for young adults to have a resume they can save and update throughout the years. If you were like me when you got pregnant you truly had no work experience, but I did have other things that I incorporated into my resume. I had worked at my father’s company for years for quick cash here and there. I did have a lot of volunteer experience and even though I didn’t get paid, I still had to treat it as a job.  Both of these experiences taught me different skills that I could use in future jobs.

So here are a couple tips on how to impress people with your resume!

 

Always put your contact information. Even more importantly, make sure to keep it updated! It’s funny how many people my boss makes me call/email for an interview and the information is outdated. When you add your email address make sure to keep it professional and classy. Don’t use that middle school email that goes like softballprincess@something.com or xojanie@whatever.net. Make a new one if necessary. Right now Gmail is ideal because if companies send you documents, Google Docs have become their best friend.

Jane Doe

janedoe@gmail.com

(xxx) xxx- xxxx

 

Basics can be boring. I’ve had mixed reviews on whether to put an objective in a resume or not. For the most part employers tell me they skip it because it’s a thing of the past. Let’s say you’re applying for a secretary position. Shouldn’t it be a given that you are organized, have a somewhat bubbly personality, and can clearly communicate with people? Why waste space and make your resume even longer when those qualities could be used in your cover letter.

 

Call attention to your strengths! This is where you want to show what you’ve got. Even if you don’t have any work history you have life experience that is still super important.  I was a camp counselor volunteer. It wasn’t a paid position, but I made my experience relate to real life scenarios. Check it out:

Experience

CAMP NAME, City, State                                                                                                                                       Year

Camp Counselor

      • Planned and organized itineraries for 3rd graders as well as group events for the whole camp.
      • Made sure activities promoted health, happiness, discipline, cleanliness, safety, routine, character, and skill development.
      • Provided a good example, created a fun learning experience, and encouraged self-confidence building.
      • Worked with camp director, camp staff, and clients to iron out concerns and conflicts.

Seriously, it’s all about how you sell yourself and your “experience.” Remember only to use past jobs/ experiences that relate to the job position you are applying to.

 

Diplomas and Degrees! Now you want to add the details of your education. When I applied to my first job I had only had my high school diploma and was in my freshman year of college. I hadn’t done much in college since I was pregnant, but I tried to sell what I had done in high school. This section of your resume should look something like this:

Education and Awards

NAME OF HIGH SCHOOL:

High School Diploma

      • Awards/achievements
      • Total community service hours completed
      • Leadership positions
      • Clubs/sports you were a member of

UNIVERSITY NAME

Major B.S./ B.A, Currently enrolled expected graduation date month, year

      • Awards/achievements
      • Total community service hours completed
      • Ledership positions
      • Clubs/sports/internships you were a member of

 

Endorse yourself! The reference section of a resume really depends on your choice. I don’t think you should add a reference unless it is requested so you don’t overwhelm your references with numerous phone calls from different employers. When you are called in for an interview, I would bring in a copy of your references so you don’t have an anxiety attack during your interview trying to remember good references and stress out even more.

When choosing references I use a variety of people. I have one person who was my boss, advisor, coach, or someone who has supervised me. Next, I choose a person who was a coworker, someone I volunteered with, or was a teammate. The last person I choose is someone who has known me for a while and can vouch for my personality and the type of person I am. Please, make sure you make your references aware that you are using them. If you’re like me you don’t answer numbers from people who aren’t on your contact list and pretty much don’t bother with voicemails.

References for Jane Doe

janedoe@gmail.com

(xxx)xxx-xxxx

Name

Job Title

Company

City, State

Phone number

Email (optional)

 

Formatting counts! Now that the content section is done, there are some other rules to remember. Keep your resume and references to one page. Also make sure you use the same font style and margins. You want to have a resume that is visually appealing.

By no means am I saying this is the right way to write a resume, but this is how I was taught to write one and so far it has worked for me! If you have any other tips on resumes, please make sure to share them in our comment section. Good luck!

 

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