How To Build a Resume

Your resume is your introduction to a potential employer, and as such, you want to make sure that it includes all the important information that the employer needs to evaluate your suitability for the role that you’re applying for. Writing your resume is a process that commands your full attention so you’re able to get the most out of it, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this article, we’ll show you the step-by-step process of creating a standout resume to increase your chances of being hired.

Why is building a resume important?

Building a resume is important because it provides an initial impression of you as a job candidate to a prospective employer. A resume is a tool for giving potential employers a description of your professional interests, experiences and accomplishments as well as information about your skills and education in an easily digestible single-page document that shows how you can contribute to the company’s success.

Building a professional, polished resume is important for prospective employers and ATS programs to quickly be able to recognize the important keywords and skills that the employer is seeking in a new employee’s repertoire. Since employers are sent hundreds of resumes, one that is clean, organized and easily scannable is more likely to get a second look and hopefully an interview.

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How to build a resume

When you build your resume, bear in mind that it should provide a clean, legible, focused summary of your overall professional suitability. To ensure that your resume is formatted cleanly and contains the appropriate information, there are resume templates and builders available online, including one from “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)”. Have your contact information, past five years of employment, education, skills and training, certifications and credentials ready before you begin.

To begin using “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)” resume builder, visit jobs.i-chemeng.com and click on ‘”upload your resume.” A window will open, allowing you to choose whether to upload an existing resume or to build a new resume. To build a resume, click on “build a new resume.” You’ll be prompted to enter your email address, creating an “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)” account for your resume to be stored. Once you enter your basic information, click “next” to begin building your resume. Follow these steps to build your resume:

  1. Enter your degree information.
  2. Enter your work experience.
  3. Add your skills.
  4. Add any additional information.
  5. Download, share and adjust your resume.
  6. Complete assessments.

1. Enter your degree information

You’ll have the opportunity to enter each individual degree you’ve earned, the school and year of graduation in a manner that should be pretty straightforward and easy to use. When you’ve finished entering your degrees, click “next.”

2. Enter your work experience

Now, you will be prompted to enter the details of your previous employment. Begin with the most recent and work your way back. “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)” recommends adding at least two or more work experiences to increase your chances of being contacted by an employer. You’ll be prompted to enter your job title, the name of the company and the city as well as the start and end dates of your employment with that company and a description of your duties.

3. Add your skills

Next, you can add relevant skills to your resume. “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)” recommends that you enter at least three to five of your top skills to help your resume be noticed by an employer. Choose the skills that you’re best at, and that are relevant to the job you’re intending to apply for. For example, if you’re looking to work as an executive assistant, your skills might include a high level of skill at word processing, spreadsheet and accounting software.

4. Additional information

Now, you’ll answer some optional questions that will help identify the type of employment you’re looking for. You can input your desired job title, type of employment and expected salary. You’ll be prompted to indicate your willingness to undergo a background check by potential employers. Click ‘next’ to proceed to the overview of your new resume.

5. Download, share and adjust your resume

When you finish your resume, you’ll be able to view your new resume and make additions or adjustments as needed. You can add your own personalized headline as well as download a copy of your resume to your computer, share a link to your resume or attach your resume to an email. You can edit your resume at any time by clicking the pencil icon on the section you want to edit.

6. Complete assessments

Finally, when you scroll to the bottom of the resume, you can click on “view all assessments” to take “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)” Assessments, short quizzes that are meant to evaluate and showcase your skills. While completely optional, it’s a good idea to have proof of your top skills attached to your resume. “Chemical Engineering Jobs (ICEng)” Assessments does that.

Once you’ve finished your resume, you can go on to browse jobs and send your new resume out to potential employers.

 

Resume template

Use this template to craft your own resume:

Full name

Address

City, state, zip code

Personal email address

Phone number

Summary of qualifications

A summary of qualifications is an optional section of a resume, but if you choose to include it, make sure to include your title (engineer, journalist, political activist), what job you’re seeking and two to three of your top skills. Make sure to include your biggest or most recent notable accomplishment in your field.

Experience

This section lets employers know where you have worked, when you worked there and what responsibilities you held in your roles. This helps them evaluate how your experience aligns with the company’s values and what they are looking for in an employee.

To complete this section, make sure to maintain consistency in your formatting, keep it concise and easily readable. Begin by listing the job titles you’ve held in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent position and working backward. Include your job title, company, city, start and end dates of employment and a short bulleted list of the top responsibilities and accomplishments for each job.

Volunteer work

Volunteer work related to the jobs you’re applying for goes here unless you have volunteered to avoid an employment gap. In that case, list your volunteer work with the jobs you have held.

Education

List the degrees you’ve earned in reverse chronological order, starting with the highest level first with graduation or expected graduation dates and name of the educational institution from which you earned your degree. If you’re still pursuing a degree and have no real work experience, you can place this section above your work history. You can list your GPA if you graduated somewhat recently and it’s higher than 3.5.

Certifications

This section will include any certifications you have earned. Include the certification, year earned and administering body, if applicable.

Awards

Mention any awards or recognitions you have earned here. They show the employer that you are a well-credentialed candidate who has been recognized for your accomplishments.

Skills

This section should include your skills that are relevant to the position for which you’re applying. You can typically find required or preferred skills in the job listing posted by the employer. Refer to them when listing your qualifications naming your most closely-related skills and abilities in a bulleted list.

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Resume example

The following example shows one way to write an effective resume.

Donald Emerson

49 Wilson Ave.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072

576-456-9206

donald.emerson@memail.com

Summary:

Dedicated marketing professional adept at relationship building, project management and team training. Possesses exceptional communication and decision-making skills as well as the ability to create dynamic presentations and represent the company’s interests at all times.

Professional Experience:

Elements Marketing, Inc., Kanton, MO

Senior Marketing Manager, July 2017—Present

  • Develop and execute integrated marketing campaigns and corresponding budgets
  • Hire, train and manage marketing personnel
  • Provide support to marketing and sales departments, contributing to sales growth
  • Oversee copywriting and graphic design of marketing campaign materials
  • Oversee management of company website, social media, public relations and community engagement efforts.

Phase Marketing, LLC., Wilmette, MO

Marketing Manager, June 2010—July 2017

  • Led marketing efforts with a steadily-growing marketing and communications team
  • Oversaw corporate rebranding campaign, including the design and creation of all physical and digital marketing and branding assets
  • Manage company website, social media and public relations
  • Planned and oversaw conceptualization of major community fundraising event, with great success
  • Hired, train and managed marketing and communications personnel

Awards:

  • Led team to earn MarCom Awards in 2012, 2015 and 2016
  • Won individual AVA Digital Award in 2013 for the design and branding of company social media and digital presence
  • Won individual PRSA Award in 2015 for rebranding communications

Education:

Master’s degree in Marketing, 2010

Montana State University, Bozeman, MO

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, 2008

Montana State University, Bozeman, MO

Skills:

  • Marketing concepts
  • Marketing management
  • Communications
  • Strategic marketing
  • Marketing analytics
  • Creative design

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