How to Write a Resumé
By Kristyn, age 20, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
In this rough economy, getting a job seems harder than getting concert tickets to Miley Cyrus. However, there are things you can do to set yourself above future employers' standards.
It doesn't matter if you're applying to a restaurant or trying to get a job working for a prestigious company, one should always hand in a resumé. I'm sure a lot of you probably know what a resumé is, and that you will eventually need it in your future, but why not start now? The only thing that may be holding you back is where do you start?
Writing a resumé is a very time consuming and in-depth process when it comes to the job world. It doesn't matter if you're in middle school, high school, or college. A resumé is something that will show your effort and capability towards the job you are trying to pursue.
What you want to do first is consider all the things you have done that are extracurricular activities, such as sports, community service, or other activities you have done. If you start writing this resumé in your early years, and you feel like you need more extracurricular activities, then it is a good idea to get yourself involved, and keep track of how many activities you take on.
Next, you'll want to gather all your information on your schooling. You'll want to include how much schooling you have had to the highest degree. If you have or want to pursue higher degrees of education, put that below your schooling information. When you fill this out it is a good idea to put your college major or high school program, your cumulative GPA, and any academic awards you have received.
Additionally, when you are writing this it's important to remember that how pretty the paper appears does not necessarily make it an appealing resumé. The most important things future employers look to see are your qualifications and objective. Your objective can be anything you want to pursue in the job field you are applying for. If you get a bit of writer's block, hop onto Google and look at references for example objectives.
Once you have done all of this, it's a good idea to consider a template in a Word document that works best for you, and begin writing! It's always good to get creative and overachieve, because this piece of paper could determine your future.
If you still find yourself struggling, ask for help! If you are in high school a teacher would be a great reference. If you are in college the writing center on campus is an awesome reference, and if you still need help, ask a friend or your parents. There are many books and online resources to help you write and properly format your resumé.
A resumé defines who you are and what you want to be. It never hurts to be ahead of the game, even if it hasn't started yet.