Your Informative Guide to Creating a Good Resume

A resume serves as your sales pitch to potential employers. That’s why you need to make sure that it grabs and holds their attention if you want to be part of their workforce. With it, you can prove that you’re the best candidate for the position and showcase what you can do for the company. Let them know that you deserve an interview where you can tell them the benefits of hiring you.

Helpful Tips

MAWIB has comprehensive resume resources available through our One-Stop Centers. We have shared some of the basics of resume writing so that you’ll know the most important information to add to the document.

Common Sections of a Resume

The most essential part of the document is your contact details. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

A profile is a summary of your skills. For those who do not have in-depth skills for the position they want, you can add a job objective. This will say what you can contribute to the company you’re applying for.

Make sure to add your educational background, as it can help improve your credibility. Be sure to include your past school, its location, the years you were enrolled, and the degree program you took. Add it before or after the experiences section, depending on your level of experience.

Your experience or work history details what you did in previous jobs. Include the dates, company name, your job title, and the duties you performed.

This section allows you to showcase specific skills and training that are relevant to your position, especially if your work history doesn’t match the vacancy you’re applying for. You can also add other skills like foreign languages, hobbies, and technical knowledge.

Features of a Good Resume

Your resume must only have a few words and should not exceed more than one page. The only exception is if your extensive experience is needed to qualify for the job. So don’t include information that isn’t relevant to the position, such as marital status, religion, and race.

A good resume is an honest resume. So don’t exaggerate any skills or accomplishments, as the facts will come out in the interview and hurt your chances of getting the position.

You can catch and hold the attention of a recruiter if your resume is attractive. So aside from the content, you should consider a good layout for the document. Be sure to add contrasting fonts, bullet points, and other elements that make the resume appealing. Avoid any typos and irregular spacing on the text, and print it on high-quality paper. You can use white or beige colored paper placed in a fine envelope.

Cover Letter Tips

Your cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume and helps make a great initial impression. We’ve shared the important parts of this document so you can reference it when creating one:

  • Your address
  • Date
  • The name and address of the person or organization receiving the cover letter and resume
  • Greeting
  • A paragraph that briefly explains why you are writing the letter
  • A paragraph that summarizes how your skills are applicable for the position and how they will benefit the company
  • A final paragraph asking for a reply to your letter or an invite for an interview
  • A closing remark such as “Sincerely”
  • Your name and some space above it where you can sign

We Can Help

Our One-Stop Center staff is available to help you create an excellent resume or cover letter. Visit one of our facilities and ask for assistance today. With their guidance, you’d be able to place information in the correct sections and polish your documents to make them appealing.

View Some Examples

You can check out samples of winning resumes and get additional information for interviews by sending a request. Email us today at [email protected] and tell us what you need.