While obtaining my Associates in Business Administration, I discovered the perfect template for my resume. Although I learned about many services and tools to help develop the most effective resume, I found this template to work best for me!
The purpose of your resume is to interest an employer enough to score you an interview. Few people are hired from a resume alone. The resume is your tool for marketing yourself to an employer so you need to create an effective resume. Never underestimate the important of a good resume as it could mean the difference between getting invited or not invited to an interview.
I have shared my personal resume template to give you the opportunity to download the template to use as you build or revise your resume! I have also included a few resume writing tips as well to help you create a format that works for you. You want to create a format that best presents your qualifications.
I really hope to start sharing more career building tips on my blog as well! As a young professional, I've learned just how important networking and sharing personal insight can help others succeed.
Resume Writing Strategies
Beginning the Resume Writing Process
Types of Resumes (Select a Format)
Chronological Resume: The most commonly-used resume form that lists in reverse chronological order the person's work history.
Achievement Resume: This resume emphasizes achievements with less emphasis on experience.
Functional Resume: This format covers experience over a long period of time that can be grouped into skill areas, which highlights expertise rather than time frames.
- Recent Graduate Resume: This resume is for recent graduates with little or no work experience, emphasizing training and education.
When Writing a Resume
Stick to the basics
Keep it short
Reveal only what the employer needs to know
Have a specific objective
Preferably one page, never more than two pages
Tailored to a specific job or a specific employer
Don't focus on your medical history
- Advertise your skills and not your disability
Resume Writing Tips
Things to Do
Lead with your most qualifying experience
Consider a consolidated experience category
Be generous with white space
Use bullets, bold type, capital letters, and underlining
Check continuity of history
Have at least two other people review it
Send your references a copy of your resume
Use good paper
- Avoid anything negative, this may include disclosure of disability
Things Not to Do
Don't exaggerate or mislead
Don't state a salary
Don't include names of references
Don't include a photograph
Don't include religion, race, national origin, or political affiliation
Don't overstate your qualifications
Don't include a reason for leaving your last job
Don't use unusual abbreviations or acronyms
Resume Writing Considerations
Should I Disclose or Not
On the Resume: Often, your disability is reflected in your work history, education, and life experience. Stress your adaptability.
Cover Letter: Don't start the letter with details about a disability. Follow a format mentioning strengths and limitations.
Stay tuned for more career building tips and strategies!