Clara’s résumé has many areas we could improve. Overall, Clara’s presentation is very vague. She covers many of her general duties and provides a confusing an overview of how she has gained basic knowledge. This document needs to be restructured and rewritten with the benefit of new details about her accomplishments. Today, we will take a look at the opening section and how that information could be better presented to keep Clara’s résumé from being discarded at first glance.
The very first thing we see after Clara’s contact information is a listing of high schools, community colleges, and a university. We do not have the benefit of know how this relates to the Clara. Did she earn degrees, earn certificates, complete courses? The reader will assume she took a course here and there and because the field of study is only mentioned for one, we will assume it was not related to her current career. Why would you list something weak first?
She also includes a narrative about the ways she has gained knowledge, including items she has read. If she is a consumer of information, that is not necessary to include. If she is the writer, it should be in a separate category. The professional associations should be in a separate category as well.
Here is a better order of information for the structure of Clara’s résumé.
- Profile (A three to five line summary of her general skills, qualifications, and experience.)
- Professional Experience
- Education (Indicate school name, location, degree, and field of study.)
- Professional Development (Listing of courses she has taken that relate to her career, including the association or school that conducted the training and subject title for the course/workshop)
- Publications (Items she has written and published)
- Professional Associations
Proper organization of her information is the first step for Clara to create an excellent résumé. After that, Clara can gather stronger accomplishments and re-work the content of her résumé.
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Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC is President of Careers Done Write, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career roadmaps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.