♦ most significant skills (examples are electronic technician, civil engineer, accountant, mechanic, or pastry chef).
A short résumé gives your most fundamental information. It must be one page or less because decision makers usually don’t want to read more pages than that. Don’t forget: the purpose of a short résumé is to attract the interest and attention of your potential boss.
Provide the following information:
♦ I give piano lessons to adults.
♦ I’m a volunteer firefighter.
They likely will ask, for example, why you started raising orchids for a hobby. You've now started an actual conversation with the person who makes the decision about your value as a worker.
The purpose of that one
attention-getting sentence is
to start a conversation.
State that your detailed information is available, if desired. Locate it last, at the end of the résumé.
That's it. However, keep in mind that if a company doesn’t need your skill, then they won’t get back to you. If they are interested, they’ll ask you for your long résumé, and arrange a meeting to talk to you.
A long résumé provides details and has no page limit. However, no more than three pages is a good idea. When companies ask for your detailed résumé, they’ve already decided that you’re a person of interest.
What does your résumé
say about you?
♦ education (examples: high school, college degree in business, trade school, military) and any other relevant training you've received.
♦ general industrial experience; some examples are retail operations, manufacturing, business management, restaurant, or automotive). Give the number of companies (for example, 7) you worked for and how long (12 years in retail sales,
5 years in marketing, etc.).
♦ contact information: home address, telephone number, and email address.
Include only a single sentence (not two, just one!) about your special interests that will get someone’s attention. Make this item unusual, so that it will be interesting to anyone who reads your résumé regardless of their position.
♦ My hobby is raising orchids.
♦ I tutor local school children.
Step 1: Write Two Resumes
Write both résumés with much thought and care. Submitting a résumé that contains errors of grammar and spelling is a sure way not to get the job! Have someone read them to ensure that no misspellings or bad grammar are present—but be sure to ask someone who knows about spelling and grammar. Also, don’t rely on your spellchecker to find all the errors! If you aren’t sure about your writing skills, It's important to ask someone with those skills to review or help you write your résumé. Click the RESUME tab when you want to see examples.