There are things you should show on your resume and some you should not. It depends a lot on the nature of the job and many other factors.
But, there are certain points that you MUST ALWAYS PUT ON YOUR RESUME whether you are an IT professional or a writer.
This may seem obvious – but candidates sometimes forget to include basic information, like their email address, or they bury it at the very bottom. “Include your name, phone number, email, and URL to your LinkedIn profile right at the top of the page,” says Nicole. “And you don’t need to include your home address.”
Executive resume writer Mary Elizabeth Bradford suggests including just one phone number and email address. “Some people will include their home and cell numbers, for example – but I find multiple contact choices to be confusing. Make it easy for your reader to understand how to contact you.”
Keywords from the job posting.
You’ll want to include (without making it look like you did a lot of “copying” and “pasting”) some keywords and phrases from the job posting. This is especially important if the employer uses a resume scanning system.
Accomplishments and achievements.
Employers need to know what you’ve done to contribute to the growth of your department, team, and company in order to determine if your strengths align with the needs and responsibilities of their company and the job opening, Nicolai explains.
Your career narrative.
“No matter if you are constructing a functional resume or a chronological resume, some kind of professional history is critical,” says Bradford. “But make sure your story makes for a more interesting read.”Allison Joyce/Getty Images
“Employers need numbers to be able to fully evaluate the scope of your bandwidth,” says Nicolai. “No position is exempt from measuring results. And metrics help employers determine if a person is capable of leading a team, managing clients, or growing the business.”
Metrics are also a great way to prove your achievements.
Depending on the field or position you’re applying for, it may be useful to include links to your work (articles you’ve written, websites you’ve designed, photographs you’ve taken, etc.).
“Candidates need to show up on paper as though they have already been screened by a recruiter,” Nicolai says. “Today, recruiters and gatekeepers are stretched to the gills and do not have the time to conduct lengthy initial phone screens to understand detailed specific information.”
Knowing that, your goal should be to include enough information using as few words as possible, says Bradford. “Less is more in most cases and writing ‘too much’ is generally the most common mistake I see. You don’t want key attributes getting lost in a sea of information just because you have ‘seen and done it all from the bottom up.'”
Use your ideal career position as your touchtone and write to that, she suggests. “Accentuate the skills, abilities, metrics and leadership abilities that make the best case for you being in that next position and minimize the rest.”
(originally published on Business Insider.)