“Help I have nothing!!! How to hatch a resume from scratch”
Whether you’re a high school student looking for your first job, a new college grad, or you’ve been out of the workforce for years raising kids, starting a resume from scratch can be daunting.
Really, it’s just about breaking things down and gathering chunks of information for the structure or “bones” of your resume. The content or “meat and muscle” will come later.
So let’s get started!
1. Check your T4s
If you have worked in the past check your T4 statements for dates and company names. Although it’s tempting to just start pulling dates out of nowhere, I can tell you from experience that inconsistency on a resume is definitely a red-flag for employers, when things don’t match up on paper they’ll soon start questioning everything.
2. Check your transcripts
Get the proper name(s) for schools, programs and/or the title of your degree, certification or diplomas and the dates you attended. If you are a new grad also list the exact courses you took, sometimes older employers or those out of the field for awhile may not know the current curriculum so spelling out exactly what you learned can be helpful for them in making a decision to interview you.
3. Gather Volunteer information
Many times while volunteering it’s easy to downplay what you did, but really you’ve probably either improved existing skills or learned new ones. Check your volunteer package if you received one, since it usually outlines the position duties or a thank you note or letter from the organization to get names and dates.
4. Workshops and certificates
Many times, I’ve neglected to include this information on my resume. Usually when I attend a one-time workshop/seminar I forget that some of what I learned might be applicable to future positions, so don’t make that mistake! Even if it doesn’t seem obviously related to your career path it’ll still show employers that you have the drive to learn new skills and expand your knowledge and that’s always a good thing!
Right now you might be scratching your head wondering which things you should or shouldn’t include in the final draft of your resume, but don’t worry we’ll talk about finding strength in resume content in the next post! Stay tuned…
Elaine Logie is a student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program and MCACES Blogger. MCACESBlogs is a series of blog posts created for job seekers and their peers. Like what you see? Be sure to follow our blog! Weekly posts of useful job search info.