A résumé is not the entire movie of your life but just a preview of coming attractions. You only write enough to make someone want to meet you. Most people make the critical mistake of including too many details coupled with lots of three-plus syllable words and long sentences. These are the sure-fire ingredients that will make certain your endeavor doesn’t get read at all. At best a résumé is given 30 seconds of someone’s time. So, it’s a Fog Index moment for you. Plus you MUST use bullets like you learned to do in the last blog.
The TARGET RESUME is the type I urge you to use. In it you list your Skills, Accomplishments, and Education. This form of resume is easiest to read and actually ca be skimmed over quite reliably in from 20 to 30 seconds. It shows originality on your part—and therefore will gain attention.
So here is what you do for a Target Resume.
Center at the top of your page your name, address, telephone number and email address.
Then on the first line a couple of spaces down, you write Job Objective with a colon. Then in very few words, tell the reader what kind of work you see yourself doing.
Job Objective: Graphic Design with an emphasis on Web Development.
Then you will have two major headings (centered): QUALIFICATIONS (these are the skills you possess) and ACHIEVEMENTS (the things you have done).
Indenting and using bullets, list at least 5 items under each heading. Do not use subjects for your bulleted sentences. Ex.
•Proficient in Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
•Supervised a staff of 3 graphic designers for two years.
Then you will write the heading EMPLOYMENT HISTORY and center it. There you will give the dates (from the most recent down), the positions you have held and where they took place.
Below that you will have the topic EDUCATION also centered. You will then list from the most recent down. Be sure to give the name and location and any degree or certificate you earned.
There you have a perfectly good résumé that should give you a decent shot at any job.
You should now write up an application letter and résumé in the manner I have suggested. Keep them at the ready for use. Both can be used in seeking out creative assignments. OR you can use them for any work that will keep the wolf away from the door while you’re waiting for your muse to arrive. Next week’s blog will help you master the art of writing letters of inquiry and request.