The 5 Most Vital Parts of Your Resume’s First Page

The 5 Most Vital Parts of Your Resume’s First Page

Cover Letters & Resumes Posted by: GradSiren
Time to Read:   2 min
There is a lot of debate about what the appropriate length should be for your resume. But most people will agree that you want to stay within the 1-2 page range unless it is absolutely necessary for you to go over. Employers are busy, and you should be able to summarize your skills and experiences succinctly and not waste their time.
The first page should contain a brief summary of your job skills and experiences and have a short mission statement to capture the reader’s attention. If you have done this well, then it will act as a roadmap and take your recruiter down the path towards hiring you. Here are some of the essential items you need on your first page:

Contact Information

This needs to be at the top of the page. Many people even use the header space as a key place to put their name, phone number, and email address. You want to make it as easy as possible for you to be contacted.

The Mission Statement

This is where you show them that you are not only the best person for the position, but also you can bring even more than just the job requirements to the table. It is all about building your image and making sure you have detailed your skills well. The main goal is for them to believe that this job was your first and only choice!

Listing your job skills:

Employers are looking for people with certain skills. This is why it is essential that you put yours on the first page. If your skills match or even exceed what they are looking for, you are well on your way to getting that interview!

Career Highlight

It can be very difficult to boil down everything you have done in your previous work to just a few bullet points. But you must! Remember, brevity is key. If an employer wants to know more information about something, then he or she will ask you. You should not only focus on your experience but what were the results.
Be sure that you are paying close attention to the job description. Even if you worked in another field, you should be able to emphasize why you have the right skills so that they can always see that you are the right person for the team.

A Little Extra Help: LinkedIn Recommendations

The vast majority of job recruiters ask for you to put your references. These should come from people who know you well and can evaluate your work. Use the advantage of technology and LinkedIn recommendations. These are already existing recommendations from your network so the recruiter can easily see that you are someone worth hiring.

The First Page

Here is an exact layout of what you want your first resume page to look like :
Contact Information- where you can be reached.
Job skills – be sure they match the job description
Mission – focus on what the application is looking for
Utilize recommendations and include contact information for recommenders

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The 5 Most Vital Parts of Your Resume’s First Page

by GradSiren Time to read: 2 min