At My Brother’s Keeper, we work with individuals throughout the Irvington and surrounding communities to create resumes that will help them find the job they have been searching for. However, many residents have had very little to no previous work experience, which can make writing a resume a difficult and daunting task to face. While My Brother’s Keeper offers workshops on resume writing and interview help, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when writing your first resume.
- Clean and Easy- Some may think that they need a full and busy resume to hide their lack of job experience, but that isn’t the case at all. Keep your resume clean and neat to make it easy to read. The same font should be used throughout your resume while keeping major headers centered.
- Professional Profile- In today’s world of technology, many employers look online before considering a new hire. Consider creating a professional profile and including the links within your resume. It will save your employer time trying to search for your profiles while also helping to show you in a positive light online.
- Clear Goals- Be sure to clearly state the goals you have for wanting this job and relate them to the goals of the company. Stating your goals clearly will help provide the employer with a better understanding of what you wish to accomplish and how you can do so while bringing your skill set to their establishment.
- Highlight Skills- Lack of work experience never has to mean lack of skills. Take your past experiences and use them to highlight the skill set you will bring to the table.
- References- Be sure to include at least two references at the bottom of your resume for the potential employer to contact. These can be teachers from your past schooling as well as counselors you have worked as you start your job search.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our youth programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meals, employment assistance and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.