Up Your Resume With Extra Information
by: Scott Brown
I am sure that
all of us have some unknown skill that we have always wanted to
add to a resume just because it looks good. In today’s tight job
market, employers are looking for people who can do more than just
the job they are hired for. In essence, they want to hire a jack
of all trades for a position.
If you played
water polo in college, that is probably not going to secure you
a job on Wall Street. If, however, you coached for the city league
basketball team, it might help you secure a job at a local high
school. Coaching ball exhibits that you are able to deal with young
people in organized activities.
Once you decide
what looks good, you can add sections to your resume like Civic
Responsibilities, Volunteer Activities and even Additional Information
just so I have somewhere to list this information. One friend was
applying for a job that involved a lot of writing so he added an
additional information section where he added facts about two articles
he had published.
Your cover letter
is a good place to mention a skill and then expand on it in your
resume. If you are applying for a very civic-minded or non-profit
organization and you have volunteered or participated in local civic
activities then add a section on your resume to include that information.
What is your
Your main goal
should be to create a resume and a cover letter that shows you are
uniquely qualified for the position in question and that you possess
skills outside of the everyday applicant. You also want your resume
to show that if greater demands were put on your for different tasks,
you could easily handle them.
want to appear to be a dynamic and interesting individual that will
contribute to a company as a new employee. You should only list
information that can somehow be considered applicable to the job,
to you as an applicant or to the company in general. You are trying
to create a positive picture with your additional information.
Once you add
your unrelated information, sit back and read your resume objectively.
If you laugh out loud then it might mean you should remove that
info. If it makes you think twice or think how neat is that, then
the information is probably warranted and should stay on your resume.
you are black belt in martial arts or were in the ROTC in high school,
use whatever skills that you have developed outside your work experience
to make yourself appear to be the most competent and sought-after
applicant for the job.