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How to Write a Resume

The process of looking for a job can be intimidating. But don’t let a task like writing a resume hold you back from landing your dream job. Whether you are seeking a light industrial position or a position as an operations manager, you will need a resume. It’s a sales tool to show hiring managers you will be an asset to their company.

Follow the guidelines below and you will have a resume ready in no time. Then, reach out to Staffing Network to learn more about what positions are available.

Add Skills and Work Experience

If you don’t already have a skills section at the top of your resume, add one. When you place a bulleted list of skills before your work experience, it gives the hiring manager a snapshot of why you are the right person for the job, even before they dive into your work history. Because this is such valuable real estate on your resume, be sure the skills you list in this section are applicable to the industry you are applying for.

Following the skills section, list your past work experience. For each position, include your job title and a summary of your job duties and successes you had in that role. These accomplishments could be skills you acquired on the job or examples of how your work allowed the company to meet goals ahead of schedule.

All of your job history should be listed in chronological order, the most recent position should be first. And you don’t have to list each and every job you have ever worked. Instead, choose the jobs that are connected to your current career goals. For people with a lot of experience, that may mean leaving off jobs that aren’t relevant. If you are new to the industry, feel free to list positions with skills that transfer over, from teamwork to attention to detail.

Add Certifications and Education to Your Resume

After skills and work experience, list your educational experience and any areas in which you are certified. Also, list any degrees you have obtained. If you went to college but didn’t graduate, simply list the school and the emphasis of study.

Additional activities and enrichment classes that are connected to your field should also be listed. Plus, you can add any professional groups you belong to and organizations where you volunteer.

Some of these additional activities could even be in an ancillary industry (unlike the skills at the top of your resume, which are targeted toward the exact job description). These additional experiences can be helpful as talking points during an interview. Besides, if a hiring manager has a relationship with the organization you volunteer for, it could be a deciding factor between you and another candidate.

Are you ready to hand your resume to hiring managers? Staffing Network is a full-service staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in light/skilled industrial, engineering, and operations professionals. Let our experts help you find the best position for you. Connect with Staffing Network today.

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