Even in the agriculture industry having a resume is important. You may have gotten by for years without one because you worked on the same farm for 15 years. Or maybe you always got the job because you knew the manager’s cousin and they know your skills. However, in this industry jobs can be competitive, especially skilled jobs such as technicians and mechanics. If you’re looking to move up in your career or make a career change, having a standard resume is a must.
What is a Resume?
Let’s start with the basics. A resume is a document that shows potential employers what they need to know about you to consider you for a job. It’s a tool to use to help you get to the next step, the interview. It helps employers quickly see why you would be a good fit for the job. They need to be easy to read and clearly outline your skills and work history, since most hiring managers spend between 6 and 10 seconds on each document. They’re quickly skimming to find keywords that match what they are looking for in an employee.
Why is it Important?
Think of a resume as your business card. It’s an easy way for you to provide your contact information and your skills all in one place. This piece of paper makes it easy to share your work experience and skills without having to tell 10 different people that may know someone with a job. Just hand them or send them your resume to share with their contact, then they don’t have to try to remember all your skills and experience to pass along to the next person. Think of the game of telephone, something is bound to get left out or changed along the way. Resumes are a good way to prevent any miscommunication.
A resume also keeps you organized. When you write down all your skills and work history, it will help you assess your skills and evaluate any other employment options you may have. Organizing your work history and skills may help you to remember other details you may forget when you just tell someone your history. It’s also a good way to stay organized for any interviews.
Don’t Know Where to Start?
A basic resume has your name and contact information, experience, education, and skills. To help you create your resume, you can find the ultimate guide here. If you don’t think you have the time to write and format a resume, AgHires makes it easy for you. Use our resume builder to help you build and print or save your document to share with employers and any family or friends that know someone with an opening. You can even use it to apply for jobs on AgHires.com. Just create a Jobseeker account to begin filling out your information. Check out our Resume Builder How to Video below to help you to build your resume.