- By Phoenix Delray
- Published 12/2/2011
There are specific things that are needed to build a resume. Those who are new to the idea may not know what they should include. There are some basics that are always included such as contact information. Other things, such as political or religious background, should not be added to it. Contact information is a crucial ingredient to this document and should be placed before any other information. Name, address, phone number or numbers and email address need to be included. Many employers will contact an applicant by email to arrange interviews or to ask for more information. For this reason, many people will want to create an email address that is professional sounding. Using ones own name is generally the safest idea as it will be easier to remember for the employer. There will also be no confusion about which person is associated with the ID.
There are online sites that have resume examples. Some of these will follow a chronological format. This means that the job experience will be listed showing the most recent employment first. Most consider that only about ten years worth of experience should be included. The exception would be when there is some experience past that mark that is very pertinent to the job one is applying for. Other types of resumes are more useful to recent graduates. The
se types showcase skill sets instead of previous employment. Applicants need to state abilities clearly in somewhat of an abbreviated style. Employers like to see metrics when possible. This means that if there is a mathematical component that can be stated, it should be used. This can mean increasing sales, reducing costs, managing a specific amount of people, or anything that uses numbers to state a positive attribute. Anyone who wants to create a resume needs to stay with one or two pages in length and not exceed that amount. Job history, education and skills are the basic ingredients that should be included. Unless someone is applying for a job that specifically requires a photo, it should not be included on the resume. The only real types of jobs that might need a photo would be modeling jobs or something along that line. Since models have portfolios of their work, it may not even be needed in that case.
People also need to avoid anything that might potentially exclude them from the job. Applying to work for a specific political party is a situation where it is OK to list ones political party. In any other situation, it should be omitted. The same can be said of religious affiliation. It should only be listed if it has a direct relationship to the job one is applying for. The items used to build a resume should not include very personal information that has no bearing on the job itself.