Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. It should include the following information:
Contact Information. Include phone, mail and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.
Career Objective. You may choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find your ideal career match.
Summary Statement. Your summary should be brief.
- Include your title and years of experience.
- List pertinent skills.
- Discuss your character traits or work style.
Example: "Semiconductor Design Engineer with 15 years of expertise in digital and analog design. Fluent in standard CAD tools and submicron design techniques. Exceptional people skills and ready for a team leader role."
Professional Experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.
Other Components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.
Personal Information. Do not include personal information such as marital status.
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