Time to Work!
Whether your first resume is created after High School or College, it is just as important as the one you will be writing in a few years when you have senior level experience. How you present yourself to your prospective management team is critical.
Even if you have worked for a firm as an intern, you may find that you need to present a resume to be hired. The guidelines presented here are for anyone who is about to enter the workforce for the first time.
First, Count Everything As A Job!
Have you been a babysitter? A unit leader in your Girl or Boy Scout troop? A Sunday School Teacher? You have been working! Paid or volunteer jobs count for your first resume. If you have been working every year with the local Cancer walk since you were six, it counts. If you have been organizing (not just participating) the local clothing drive for the homeless, it counts. Choir director or section leader? It counts. If you are paid to babysit on the weekends for people who are not related to you, it counts! Let’s get that dog walking business on your resume!
Additionally, if you are an Eagle Scout, or have the GS Gold Star, that is a mark of leadership that few people have. Emphasize that on your resume. Tell them, briefly, how you got the award, and what you learned.
Who Loves Ya, Baby?
References are everything when you have a very limited resume. Get three references from people who have had a great impact on your life. Sorry, parents and guardians do not count. but the Music Minister that has been training you to direct, or your favorite babysitting clients, or the head of the shelter where you volunteer is an appropriate reference. They do not need to write a letter; this is not your college application. You will need their names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please ask permission to include this information on your resume before you turn it in! You do not want them to be surprised by an unexpected call.
What Did You Do?
One of the things you want to concentrate on as you list your positions is what you did. Unless you had a direct impact on the actual work completed, you were probably doing what you were told to do in the way you were told to do it. I suggest using bullet points to list your duties.
However, if you were the person who created or managed the AIDS walk, or you rearranged the food pantry so that it was easier to use, that is an impact. You can take a sentence or two to explain what you did and how it made things better. That shows leadership! If you helped the organization to save money, or you brought in a significant amount of money, talk about it on your resume. That is business management and business development, key skills needed by any hiring organization.
That is all you need at the moment. Build a cover letter that explains why you want the job. Your resume should always include a cover letter. However, do not explain too much! You want to have something to talk about when you get the interview!
Happy Job Hunting! Remember, if you are not sure about your resume, I am here to help!