Your Resume

The centerpiece of any job application process is the resume (curriculum vitae). Your resume features the highlights of your professional and scholarly background, with a focus on your last ten years of employment.

Some points you should consider when writing a resume:

  • Just like your cover letter and references document, your resume should start out with your name followed by your full address, your phone and cell numbers, and your email address.
  • The next section is the Objective. What kind of position are you looking for? Instead of focusing on what you want, consider emphasizing what you bring to a company.  For example, you could say: Five-star restaurant wait captain with extensive French and Chinese culinary expertise is seeking a position with a leading cruise line whereby I may utilize my skills to the benefit of the passengers. You first mentioned what you offer to the cruise line followed by what you want.
  • The next section featured depends on the amount of professional experience you have. If you are fresh out of college or high school, then you’ll want to list your Education before your Professional Background.
  • When listing Education, mention diplomas received and degrees attained. If you are an older worker, leave off your graduation dates. Mention awards received, volunteer activities, or most anything else that draws attention to your scholarly accomplishments.
  • When listing Professional Background, feature only the highlights of your career. If you worked two weeks as a lifeguard seven years ago in between jobs, leave that information out. Instead, focus on those career-oriented jobs which demonstrate your skills, leadership, accomplishments, awards, and more.
  • If you lack a Professional Background, consider creating a category titled Highlights of Qualifications. Don’t use this category as filler material — consider stressing those areas of expertise that could be beneficial to the cruise line. This may include: your fluency in Spanish, first aid class certification, that you are an accomplished baker, or any other talent that could enhance your hiring chances.
  • Once you have gone through the above steps, you can simply end your resume or place the statement, “References Furnished Upon Request” at the end of the document. Never list your references on your resume and always limit your resume to one page unless you are a professional such as a doctor, lawyer, or an accountant.

Finally, proofread your resume and have someone who is skilled with writing resumes examine your document. I haven’t covered all of the details about developing a strong resume, so search the internet for some supporting documentation that will strengthen your work.

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