Many people think making an online resume is a long and tiring process. In reality, however, it is relatively quick and easy. There are a variety of resources available to help you build a good resume, as FCC student you can use our online resume portal to guide you through the process of building an effective and impressionable resume.
How to Make an Online Resume
A resume is about putting your personality, skills, expertise, and achievements onto a sheet of paper in such a way that it makes someone want to hire you. It is one of the most important tools for landing a job. A resume is typically the first step in an interview screening. Impressive resumes help you get selected for interviews and help form a favorable impression in the eyes of the interviewer, while a bad one will most likely not get you selected for interviews and makes a bad first impression. Most recruiting practices nowadays involve submitting your resume online. Many companies have created their own job portals, from which the resumes are submitted, screened, and where qualified candidates are thus selected for interviews.
Highlight Your Skills and Abilities
Some resume creation websites allow you to upload your current resume but others require you to start from scratch. No matter which way you choose to complete your online resume remember that the key to making an impressive resume is through highlighting your skills and abilities! Your resume should not be longer than a page so make sure you are very precise – there is no need to tell a paragraph story when the bottom line of your story only takes one sentence. Use bullet points and different readable fonts to separate out how you are a great fit for the prospective job. Many times an interviewer only glances at your resume for about 30 seconds, so make sure you take advantage of those 30 seconds in yourwriting.
Use Bullet Points to Focus Your Skill Set
Before you begin writing your resume, go through some steps that will make the process more effective. Start by writing down your skill sets. For every skill that you write down write a supporting sentence or bullet point that outlines how you have used that skill set in a past job. Make sure you are very specific with these bullet points explaining what you did, how many people you managed/worked with, how much money you dealt with, etc. Once that is complete make a list of your previous jobs with corresponding dates of employment. From there, assign your skill set bullet points to the job of which they are related to (you may not use all your bullet points in efforts to make your resume one page long, so make sure you choose the skills that most aptly fit the job you are applying for). Remember you are competing with other people for getting a particular job, so make sure your resume sets you apart from everyone else applying for the same position!
Proofread your Resume
Once this is complete and you have organized your information on your resume make sure you proofread the document! Make sure your personal information is correct and at the top of the page. Next make sure all your skills and jobs are represented in reverse chronological order. Then make sure your specific skills are outlined at the bottom of the page (i.e. education, certifications, etc.). Finally, proofread your resume for any spelling and grammar mistakes. This is a big deal as many employers will discount resumes if they see something misspelled or incorrect. To prevent this have a career center advisor from your home campus read over your resume!
Once you have finished proofing your resume, it is then time to submit it! If you need to send it via email to an employer make sure you save it in a pdf format (to ensure no changes can be made along the hiring process). If you upload it through a company portal, try attaching the file as a pdf for the same reasons as state above. In some instances you will have to copy and paste your resume into a box or break up your resume into different sections. Since your resume is organized as above stated you should have no problem uploading your resume!
After your resume has been submitted, it is time to wait for that interview call. If you do not hear a response within a week it is acceptable to reach out to the company via email and respectfully ask if they have received your resume. In some cases the hiring process is lengthy and depending on the number of candidates they may not have gone through your resume; however, by calling or writing a polite email it will show the company that you are still interested in the position!