Building a good resume

Career Corner - By Harold Niehaus




Working with our students in Preble County has included understanding the importance of building and using a good resume. As many may know, a resume is an important tool for your job search because it offers a page or two where you can display your top skills and qualities for a potential employer to review. Resumes help employers to make hiring decisions as they try to fill their needed openings for their business.

An excellent resume has the potential to open doors for those entering the workforce for the first time as well as those who are looking to make the next step in their career path. I continue to share with our students the importance of making “yourself look as good on paper as you do in person!” I also remind them that to stand out among other job applicants their resume will need to market their strengths and to match their skills with the job they desire.

As stated on the website: A great resume needs to grab the attention of the potential employer or recruiter, it helps to sell your strongest skills and accomplishments, shows how you are a match for a particular position or project, and hopefully will get you that desired interview!

According to many employers the “skills” section of the resume is the most important. A candidate who lacks job experience should still have the necessary skills that show the potential for growth in a job or particular position. Having a variety of skills is also important to indicate that a job candidate has several interests and talents to offer.

Typically a resume will include: a contact section at the top with your first and last name, address, email address, and phone number as well as an objective or summary of why you are interested in the particular job, and then your skills, past job experiences (from most recent to past), and relevant education you have accomplished.

As you develop your resume do not put too much information, do not have spelling and grammatical errors, and never have any Inaccuracies about your qualifications or experience.

Keeping all of these points in mind, other reasons for you to develop a strong resume include that it better prepares you for the interview as most employers utilize your resume as a guide during the interview process. Also, having a resume helps to organize your thoughts and to self-reflect on your current skills. Having a well-developed resume also gives you a sense of security as you can feel better prepared for pending interviews, possible job changes, or when you start to think about the next step you would like to take in your career path.

In closing, taking the time to develop and update your resume on a regular basis can help you to achieve your career and life goals. This is a proven practice with multiple benefits.

Niehaus Submitted

Career Corner

By Harold Niehaus