Labour Source Job Ready Tips – The Resume Part 3

Resume - Employers often only read the top 1/3 of your resume - make sure you include a summary of your best work related skills.

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In Part 3 of our series on the Resume we cover job related skills, education, training and volunteer work. Interested in reading other posts on The Resume? Look for our blog posts on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4 in the resume series.

Job Search Tip – Resume – Include a list of job related skills.

Employers want to know what skills you have, so make sure you take the time to identify your skills and include them in your resume. You can include a list of key job related skills in a profile summary at the top of your resume. The profile should be located just under your contact information. Many employers receive dozens of resumes for each vacant position, so they often only have time to scan the top 1/3 of your resume. If they see information that matches what they are looking for, then they will read the entire resume. This profile summary is very important. It should tell potential employers how many years’ work experience you have in your field and list your skills. You should also include skills in the work history area. Look at job advertisements for positions you are interested in – do you have the skills listed in the job advertisement? If so, make sure your resume lists these skills. 

Job Search Tip – Include highest level of education and list training and courses.

Your resume education section should list the highest level of education achieved and list any training or courses you may have completed. Training can include skill training, seminars, formal classroom training, on-line courses, or other types of learning. Examples of courses you may have completed include: working at heights; forklift training; hazardous materials; Good Manufacturing Practices; first aid; CPR; health and safety awareness; computer software; or other training. You should review your resume before applying for work to make sure you have a good understanding of everything on your resume. Be prepared to answer questions about what you learned during your education, courses and training. 

Job Search Tip – Include volunteer work experience.

Your resume should include details about volunteer positions you held. List the organization’s name, dates, volunteer position held, and duties. If you do not have a lot of work experience, try volunteer work to gain some experience and help out your community. Volunteering is also a great way to meet people and network. Organizations are always in need of good volunteers. You can choose an organization and position that best meets your interests, time commitment and abilities. We all have skills to offer and the volunteer experience will pay back by offering you the chance to gain valuable volunteer work experience, network, meet new people, help your community and even develop a potential work reference. Where can you find out about volunteering? There are organizations that match volunteers with positions. The Charity Village website is one example. Ask at a local School, Hospital, Retirement Home, Municipality, Faith organization, Sports Team, or favourite non-profit group to get started. 

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Carol Irwin is a Labour Source's Human Resource Consultant.  The content of this blog reflects Carol's personal and professional insights of this ever changing world.