Resume Building 101
A resume is a tool used by employees when applying for various positions to give their potential employers an idea of who they are as a person, their backgrounds, and what they have to offer if they were hired for the position. Having a strong resume plays a major role in being asked to come in for an interview for the position you are applying for. A good resume will highlight several things:
- It will highlight your life experiences relevant to the job you are applying for. This could include any formal education, work experiences that were a part of your education, experiential learning activities, extra-curricular activities, both paid and unpaid work, projects, etc...
- It will highlight the attributes that you hold as an individual. This will include your beliefs, values, personal philosophy, personality traits, and the skills that pertain to the position being applied for.
These two areas will inevitably overlap, and are not restricted to the examples listed above. The most essential thing to remember when creating a resume is that a resume should not be viewed as a "one size fits all" document, instead, a resume will be most effective if it is tailored to each position that you are applying for to best illustrate why you are the right fit for that job offering.