First Steps: The Fundamentals of Getting Noticed…

Let’s start at the top.

At the top of your resume, list your full name, your phone number and your professional email address. If you have a website, provide a link to it. Including your contact information gives recruiters a way to reach out to you. Having this information right there at the top of your resume makes it easy for them to find.

Start the body of your resume with a professional statement. Let’s say you’re a yoga instructor. First, write a couple of sentences about who you are and your particular yoga teaching style.

  1. You can use this space to explain your yoga training and particular focus such as Bikram or Ashtanga yoga. It also helps to explain why you love to teach yoga and what you hope to offer your students.
  2. Keep your professional statement both clear and concise.
  3. Include any relevant yoga education you’ve received through the years. For example, you can include a specific type of training program or the school or organization where you studied.
  4. Include the name of the program, the facility’s name, the location of the program, the years you studied there, your GPA and any specific projects or coursework you completed while enrolled.

Toss in a 2×2 headshot. While you don’t need a photo, you can include one that resonates with your yoga brand and personality at the top of your resume. If you include an image, opt for a high-quality image of your face or one of you doing a yoga pose. Make sure to avoid selfies.

List your education and training in reverse chronological order, with your most recent education first (if you have unrelated university experience, you can still include this on your resume at it shows your commitment to learning).

  1. Start with your most recent and relevant roles. Include your job title, where you worked, the location, the dates you worked there, your specific duties, your responsibilities and any achievements.
  2. Keep your job descriptions as brief as possible, using action words and numbers to show quantifiable results.
  3. If you have experience doing volunteer work in your community, create a section to reflect this. You can include nonprofit experience or any relevant internships you’ve had through the years. You can also include other side jobs or hobbies you’ve had.