How To Write A Great Resume

Writing a great resume to use for your next job search will help to get you noticed and hopefully get you an interview. While you need to be qualified for the job, a well written resume can get your foot in the door.

If you have at least five years of relevant experience, put it first on your resume. If it’s related to the job your seeking, put your most recent job first and use reverse chronological order from there. If you’ve just recently graduated and have only a couple years experience, place the education before the experience. This way you will attract the reader with your most important information first. When writing about previous jobs, or accomplishments at your current job, use past tense. Only use present tense when discussing your current job duties or hobbies (if you must have them on your resume).

Your resume should be one to two pages long. If you do need to have a two page resume, make sure the most important facts are on the front page so that you get the reader’s attention. Make your resume easy to read by using white space. You don’t want to cram too much text onto one page. If your resume looks a little heavy on text consider using that second page, or better yet, remove some of the nonessential information like unrelated jobs and hobbies.

Have someone look over your resume. Not only to proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors, but also to get their opinion of the overall look of your resume. Include a cover letter with your resume that specifically speaks to the job posting that you’re applying for. Do not include references with your resume, bring them with you and provide them after a successful interview. You also shouldn’t put “references available upon request” on your resume since it’s expected that you’ll have them available anyways.

While it might take some time to perfect it, having an impressive resume just might lead to getting the job you want!

Written by Tom Drake

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6 Responses to How To Write A Great Resume

  1. Aside from the basic skills and experience that an HR person will use to vet your resume as either “yes” or “no”, you need to show that you will be the kind of employee they seek – dedicated, giving 101%, creative, etc. Find out what are the traits that the company looks for in an employee (some value creativity most, others value team participation most, for example) before sending in your resume.

  2. Write for the job you are applying for. Highlight the most important skills, projects and responsibilities you have head, it will really help out a lot and then you can explain more in person.

  3. Consider writing a well polish summary too rather than a objective, we all know you want the job. A 3-5 sentences summary will do. Some thought in how to write a resume. Just keep it clean and professional. No grammar errors, no I and me statement, and use specific figures when you can. Keep your qualification relevant to the position you’re applying to.

  4. I personally like to think of a resume as a product brochure. The candidate being the product and the brochure (resume) talks about the qualities, features, advantages and befits (FAB) of the product (candidate). So I think one must try and make a resume which mentions your strengths and explains how they could be of advantage and benefit to the recruiting company.

    And just as a marketing company will continuously keep updating and fine tuning the brochure, the candidate should continuously fine tune the resume. It does not really matter whether you are looking for a job or not – your marketing collateral must be always ready and up dated – you never know when you may need to face competition

  5. It’s true how little regard recruiters and employers give the stacks of resumes they receive on a daily basis. It gets to the point where every piece of paper begins to look like the rest, you have to stand out from the bunch and get them to take notice, enough so that it will leave them wanting to know more.
    Good Article

  6. While you’re learning how to make a resume, let’s talk about design. The old adage of “less is more” works here. Snazzy designs or colorful paper makes your resume stand out in a bad way, not a good one. The focus should be on the content, so sections about your education and any relevant achievements you’ve earned in your career should be listed. You don’t have a great deal of words to work with; resumes are best when kept to a page or two at the most. Therefore, keep everything relevant to the job you’re applying to and focused on the objective, that being to get the interview.

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