En Route: A Career Blog

The Key Components of Your Resume

AUTHOR: Michelle K.
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POSTED: August 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

Whether you’ve been out in the workforce for many years or you’re a recent graduate, everyone’s resume should include these following key components. Lacking these may be why you’re not getting call in for the interview.

Contact information: It sounds basic, but it’s very important to have your name and contact information visible on each page of your resume.

  • Make sure to include your phone number with area code. Your voice message should be professional, without any ring backs or other novelties.
  • Provide your mailing address with zip code.
  • List your email address, and ensure that it’s professional, just first and last name, or a variation thereof.
  • Include a link to your LinkedIn profile and make sure it’s up to date.

Eye-catching summary statement: Your summary should make the reader want to keep reading. Often, the candidate writes a poor summary that tells the employer what they want from them. However, it should be about what the candidate can achieve for the employer.

Work experience: This includes

  • Positions held;
  • Name and location of the company;
  • Dates of employment (in years, not months)
  • And job responsibilities and skills.

Use the right skills: Read the job description and emphasis your skills and accomplishments with the desired skills of the position. How did you use the skills to improve the bottom line or increase profits? Use verbs and number to highlight these accomplishments. For example, “saved the company $150,000 by improving the bottom line.”

Keywords: It’s very important to match the keywords in your resume with the keywords from the job description. This ensures you don’t get rejected by the applicant tracking system for not having the right keywords.

Education section: The education section should be near or at the bottom of your resume, unless you’re a recent grad and this is your main qualification. The education section should include post-secondary school, with name and location, degree obtained and major.  Make sure to list the most recent education first.  Also make note to list any certificates or awards obtained or any professional development courses attended.

All of these components are so important, along with the obvious of your resume being free of spelling and grammar errors and having the right format. You should also have a great cover letter, which is sort of the wrapping on the gift and the recruiter can’t wait to tear open and see what’s inside. If you need help crafting one or both, there are resume writers to help you every step of the way.