12/08/16 Useful Terminology for Resumes (Part II)
Contact Details: Information detailed at the start of your resume that must include your phone number, email address and full name. Without this, you cannot be contacted if they wish to arrange an interview! Simple enough, but incredibly a relatively large number of resumes are circulated with missing or incorrect phone numbers. If you do not have an email address, you must open an email account and create an email address with sensible naming. Try to go for joe.bloggs@ and avoid joelovestheLAdodgers@
Career Objective: A short introductory paragraph at the start of your resume that can be used to dictate your vocational ambitions for the future. It is recommended these ambitions align with those of the company you are applying for.
Company description: The Professional Experience section of your resume should briefly describe each organization you worked at. You are looking to summarize the size of the company and your scope of responsibility, by including certain metrics such as overall revenue, employee headcount, products/services rendered, etc. This all helps the interviewer getting a better understanding of you as a candidate, especially if they may not be familiar with the company your previously worked at.
Cover Letter: A letter that accompanies your resume when submitted to a recruiting organization. This is used to briefly introduce yourself on a more personal level, while highlighting 3-4 of your main skills relevant to the job being sought. It often includes a polite request to review the accompanying resume and be considered for interview.
Certifications Section: A section on a resume used to present your certifications – usually implemented when an applicant possesses specific certifications required for a given job opening.