Building a Resume

 How to write a resume

Here is the definitive checklist of what to include in a resume:
Your contact details
Ensure that your contact details are up-to-date, and include both your email address and mobile number. 

A summary
This is a short (50-100 word) summary of who you are. Think of it as your ‘elevator pitch’: more than just an overview of who you are, this should help the organisation understand why you are of strategic value to their business. 
The statement should be carefully tailored to the job description and quickly sum up who you are, your experience and skills, what you can bring to the organisation and your overall career goals. 

Your education
Include your professional and higher education qualifications. These should be listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent. If you are currently studying, be sure to include it, as it’s an indication of your future skillset and capabilities.
This includes vocational training. If this list is extensive, list only the most relevant training and  remember those soft skills : the relevance of completing a course and demonstrating your application to completing a job can be powerful so depending on the amount of your work history you may include all of your vocational education.

Work history
Outline each role and company in chronological order, starting with the most recent, and include the tenure of your employment. 
List your responsibilities and achievements for each role. It’s tempting to simply list the tasks you did on a day-to-day basis. However, it’s critical to demonstrate the positive impact that each task had on the business.
Highlight your most important career and/or study achievements, and/or the most relevant career achievements to the role you are applying for, by bringing them to the top of the list.
Be sure to explain any career gaps. Candidates often leave these out – however, if you do, you risk an employer rejecting your resume because they find the gaps suspicious. Explain the reason for the career gap in a concise and positive way.
If you have been featured in any publications and the articles give specific reference to your achievements, you can add a note against the relevant role.

Interests and hobbies
In considering what to include in a resume, ‘interests and hobbies’ are often hotly debated. Some companies encourage potential employees to include interests and hobbies as they encourage a work-life balance and want to ensure you are a good cultural fit. Other, more traditional companies may perceive it as unprofessional although again think about how your hobbies can demonstrate soft skills.

Hard skills vs soft skills

Hard Skills Defined
Hard skills are part of the skill set that is required for a job. They include the expertise necessary for an individual to successfully do the job. They are job-specific and are typically listed in job postings and job descriptions.1
Hard skills are acquired through formal education and training programs, including college, apprenticeships, short-term training classes, online courses, and certification programs, as well as on-the-job training.

Soft skills Defined
Soft skills are the personal attributes, personality traits, inherent social cues, and communication abilities needed for success on the job. Soft skills characterize how a person interacts in his or her relationships with others.
Soft skills include adaptability, attitude, communication, creative thinking, work ethic, teamwork, networking, decision making, positivity, time management, motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, critical thinking, and conflict resolution.
Soft skill are unlike hard skills in that hard skills are learned, where soft skills are similar to emotions or insights that allow people to “read” others. These are much harder to learn, at least in a traditional classroom. They are also much harder to measure and evaluate.

Hard skills vs. soft skills
Importantly, employers are looking to hire employees who have the right mix of two different types of skills: Soft skills and hard skills and it is important to demonstrate both of these skills sets in your resume.

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* 1. What is a resume?

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* 2. What should be included on a resume?

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* 3. How long should a resume be?

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* 4. List 3 soft skills you can include on your resume

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* 5. List 3 hard skills you can include on your resume

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* 6. Draft a Personal Objective/ Summary that you would list on your resume when applying for a position in your chosen field.

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* 7. Student Details