The tools and tips provided in “Writing a Résumé” have been developed to help you prepare your résumé to apply for positions with Halifax Regional Municipality. While this guide will not guarantee you an interview, it will allow you to market yourself more effectively for a competition within the municipality. The resources within this guide will help you in developing the foundation to write your résumé.
Your résumé is one of your most important tools when you are looking for a job. An effective résumé will draw a hiring manager’s attention to your most relevant skills and accomplishments to enable you to stand out from other applicants.
A résumé is a short, point-form document that tells a hiring manager about your work experience, education, and skills when applying for a position. An effective résumé is clear and concise – generally no more than two to three pages in length. Tailor each résumé to the specific job for which you are applying.
When applying for a job at Halifax Regional Municipality, chronological or hybrid are the best résumé formats as they allow you to quantify your experience in order to be assessed on the basis of merit.
Choose the résumé type that presents your qualifications most effectively for the job for which you are applying.
Focusing on your work history is one of the more popular ways to structure a résumé. It demonstrates all of your work experiences, focusing on positions you’ve held, the duration of your employment, and your responsibilities and accomplishments within these positions.A chronological résumé is organized with your most recent information first. The goal is to give a comprehensive work history which is organized by each job you’ve held. For this type of résumé you should include your position title, place of employment, how long you worked there (include month and year), and a breakdown of your responsibilities or accomplishments.
This is a great multi-purpose résumé that works for most job applications.
A combination or hybrid résumé is a résumé that focuses heavily on skills, but also includes dates and titles of previous jobs, along with essential information about the position. This format highlights your skills by organizing information in skill categories and then briefly outlines your work history near the end of the résumé.
This is a good résumé to use when you want to prioritize your skills while also demonstrating how your career has evolved.
The key to a confident and focused resume is in knowing:
By asking yourself these questions, you can begin to develop an inventory of skills, experiences, accomplishments and job-related attributes that will be useful in marketing yourself in your résumé.It is important to think about yourself in the position and to reflect on how your experiences and skills have prepared you for work in that setting. As you prepare your application, you should consider relevant past experiences that you would like to highlight and what you have learned from that experience.
As you think about your past experiences, write them down. Use the résumé writing activity sheet to jot down your skills and work accomplishments. This can be modified for multiple job advertisements and will help you to update your accomplishments. This will help to ensure the information remains relevant.
Depending on which type of résumé you choose to write, there are a variety of different headings you can use. Regardless of the type, there are three important sections that must be included.
1. Personal Information (Contact Information)
List your education starting with the most recent and working backwards from there; include the name of each educational institution you attended and the degree or diploma awarded.
List any other certifications that you’ve received, including those for mini-courses like computer or software courses, first aid, or any other training that might be relevant to the job you are applying for.
3. Skills and Experience
4. Other Relevant Information
Depending on the format of your résumé there may be other relevant information that you wish to include. You can include your job goals, additional languages you speak, or any relevant achievements/awards. You can also include interests or activities that say something positive about you. It is important, however, to keep everything on your résumé job relevant.
There are no official rules about which headings you should include on your résumé or the order of the information you choose to provide. The important thing to remember is to keep it concise, with the most relevant information at the top.
For example, if you are applying for an accounting job and you have an accounting diploma but no accounting experience, you should list your education first. On the other hand, if you are applying for a job which you have a great deal of related experience it might be beneficial to list your experience first.
Now that you know how to write your résumé, here are some additional tips to consider:
Here are a few examples of key action verbs:
Analyzed, assigned, attained, chaired, coached, controlled, consolidated, contracted, coordinated, delegated, developed, directed, evaluated, executed, facilitated, improved, increased, led, managed, organized, oversaw, planned, produced, recommended, reviewed, scheduled, strengthened, supervised, validated.
Addressed, arbitrated, arranged, authored, collaborated, convinced, corresponded, developed, directed, drafted, edited, enlisted, formulated, influenced, interpreted, lectured, mediated, moderated, negotiated, persuaded, promoted, published, reconciled, recruited, spoke, translated, wrote.
Clerical or Details Skills:
Administered, approved, arranged, catalogued, classified, collected, compiled, dispatched, executed, generated, implemented, inspected, monitored, operated, organized, prepared, prioritized, processed, purchased, recorded, retrieved, screened, specified, streamlined, tabulated, validated.
Acted, conceptualized, created, customized, designed, devised, developed, directed, established, fashioned, founded, illustrated, improved, initiated, instituted, integrated, introduced, invented, originated, performed, procured, produced, proposed, planned, revitalized, refined, redesigned, reorganized, shaped
Clarified, collected, critiqued, diagnosed, evaluated, examined, extracted, identified, inspected, interpreted, interviewed, investigated, organized, reviewed, summarized, surveyed.
Assembled, computed, designed, engineered, operated, overhauled, programmed, remodeled, repaired, solved, upgraded.
Administered, allocated, analyzed, appraised, audited, balanced, budgeted, calculated, completed, developed, forecasted, managed, marketed, planned, projected, reconciled, researched.
Achieved, expanded, launched, improved, pioneered, reduced, resolved, restored, spearheaded, transformed.
Last, but Not Least