Resume Brainstorming

You may have heard of brainstorming where you jot down any thought that comes to mind about a particular situation or problem. You can apply that to writing a resume and you have Resume Brainstorming, a process of writing down anything and everything related to creating a great resume.

There are several things you would need to brainstorm about. It is important to know how to weed through the information you come up with. Each section of your resume needs attention during the process. Here are some steps to guide you though resume brainstorming.

Start with the easiest task – The heading section of your resume is the easiest to tackle and also a great place to start off. There really isn’t much brainstorming to do. You need to make note of your current address and phone number. If you want to include your e-mail address, you can do so. It is best not to mention a personal website unless it specifically showcases your professional skills.

Focus on your goals – Think about what you want to do in your first or next job. Write down your goals and career plans. Make sure they fit with your experience level, and that they coincide with the needs of the position to which you are applying.

Write down your schools – The education section is fairly easy as well. List down the schools (including its city and state) that you have attended, courses you have studied and GPA if it is impressive. Unless requested by the employer, you may also have to include where you attended high school.

Concentrate on work experience – This is one section where you can really go crazy brainstorming. Think of what you have done that could potentially influence an employer to want to hire you. If you are writing you first resume, include anything you have done for volunteer organizations, churches, and school organizations as well. When you have a good list going, highlight anything that is directly in line with the job you are seeking. If not, then don’t use it.

The "others" – Your resume’s "Other" sections may include any of the following: awards, publications, activities, honors, and so on. Use this section to emphasize positive achievements, team activities, and anything else that the employer might be impressed to learn about you.

Choose the format – There are three basic types of resume formats: Chronological, Functional, and Combination. The third one is most recommended, wherein you list down your previous employment (starting from the most recent) and include your work-related achievements.

Focus on getting that interview – Remember that everything about your resume is focused on what the employer wants to know about you. You have to get the employer interested enough in you to want to call you for an interview.

Have it double-checked – Once you have furnished a copy, have someone look it over for you. Have him or her check or grammar errors, typos, and other possible resume mistakes. Revise your resume as much as necessary to ensure it is error-free.

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