It goes without saying that an award is an excellent addition to your resume, but there are other considerations as well. What your award is for and whether it is relevant to the job are just two things to review when upgrading your resume. Stacey Gordon will walk you through how to feature awards on your resume.
- Not everyone has won an award. Which is why if you have, this is definitely a section you can use to upgrade your resume. Awards show that were dedicated enough to stick to something and have been recognized for it. When it comes to your resume, deciding what to add and just how much to add can be difficult. An award in one industry may not matter at all if you are attempting to change into a different industry. The same is true for an award in your personal life that doesn't relate specifically to work.
Whether or not to add personal awards to your resume will come down to three things. Space, relevance, and whether or not the award might accidentally create a negative impression. Let me explain. Number one is a determination about space. Your resume should not be longer than two pages so you need to determine if you have space on your resume to add this extra information. A great way to add an award to your resume is in a format similar to the one explained in the achievements video.
You can include a bullet point that describes your award, the date it was obtained, the award title, and what it was for if it's not apparent from the title. The formatting example in the exercise files works in this section as well because it's unlikely that you would have enough awards to warrant a separate section on the resume. Adding it in italics, below the job where you earned it, will save you valuable space on your resume. The second factor is relevance.
Will a future employer care? Is this award relevant? An award for best creative design when you are applying for a job in marketing will definitely be relevant. But what if it doesn't specifically relate to work? Should you include it? Though you may have received an award for an accomplishment outside of work, every award demonstrates hard work and commitment. And those are traits that a future employer will value.
The third and more difficult to determine is whether something negative can come out of disclosing personal information. Meaning if you won an award of top five little league coach in the region, you have to decide if you want future employers to assume you have children, assume you won't be able to work late because you have to attend practices after work and assume that coaching is a high priority for you at a time when they will want work to be your priority. That's not always fair but that's how it is sometimes.
This is why customization of your resume is so necessary. An award added to your resume for one job may not be appropriate for another. If you research the company and learn more about the culture it will make these types of decisions much easier.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for