RESUME WRITING TUTORIAL – Key Sections a resume MUST contain

Over the next several weeks, i will be providing an online resume writing tutorial, providing insider secrets of a professional resume writer.

Prior to beginning the document, it is a good idea to prepare your page. We do not recommend using a Template because they are very inflexible and are often created to maximize white-space to an exaggerated degree.

Resume Sections

After preparing your page, you can begin to set up your mandatory Resume Sections. Consider if there are any additional sections that would add value to the document  and work to your Client’s advantage.

Key Sections a resume MUST contain:

CONTACT INFORMATION – featured prominently at the top of the document, including the client’s full NAME, ADDRESS, and multiple POINTS OF CONTACT (telephone, email).

QUALIFICATION SUMMARY – featured at the top of the resume, this section should highlight the client’s KEY QUALIFICATIONS in relation to the Target, demonstrating value and introducing the client as a front-running candidate for the position / desired objective.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – preferably in reverse chronological order, clearly stating the client’s POSITIONS, NAMES OF ORGANIZATIONS, main JOB FUNCTIONS and KEY ACHIEVEMENTS. This section should encompass 75% of the body of the resume.

EDUCATION & TRAINING – placement depends on candidate’s professional level and caliber of credentials. This section can either precede or follow the professional experience, and should list the achieved DESIGNATION, INSTITUTION and DATE (if recent).

Additional Information Resume Sections:

HONOURS & AWARDS – can include diverse meritorious achievements, ranging from educational honours, scholarships or professional performance awards.

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS – can refer to a variety of activities, including strategic volunteer positions, participation/contribution to charitable events and leadership roles.

TECHNICAL & LANGUAGE SKILLS – should often be included at the end of the resume, as majority of job advertisements state computer proficiency requirements and multilingual abilities are often considered a tangible strength.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE – can be utilized as a strategic section to separate less relevant, dated or unrelated professional experience.

REFERENCES – usually not included in the resume, but can be included in the cover letter ONLY if listed as a direct requirement in the job advertisement.

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