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Resume 101: 25 Tips To Writing A Resume

A new year is here and many people have begun to reevaluate their goals in life. For many, finding a new career is their number one goal. When it comes time to apply to that dream job on LinkedIn or Indeed, a carefully crafted resume is essential for any applicant.

 

What is a Resume? 

Your resume is how you sell yourself to a company. It lists your objectives, summary of your skills, experience, qualifications, and education. It is important to discover what a prospective employer would want to know and tailor your resume accordingly. 

 

 

Step by Step Guide to Resume Writing

 

Using the following tips can help achieve the major purpose of any resume – scoring an interview.

 

1. Avoid using a pre-defined resume template. Instead, create a simple template for your resume that is attractive and easy to edit. There are many sites that provide examples of resumes of people in a variety of sectors including healthcare! Be sure to find a suitable professional style for your industry.

 

2. Use a font size of 10-12 points in a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for applicant management systems.

 

3. Write your name in bold in a text size which is larger than the body text of the resume and position it as the header or title of the page.

 

4. Your contact information should include your telephone number and e-mail address. Use professional e-mail addresses that include your name, for example, firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Avoid e-mail addresses such as sillygurl234@gmail.com.

 

5. Write section titles with a bold font.

 

6. If you include an objective on your resume, it is important to tailor it to match the job you are applying for. The most effective objective is the one that is specific about the position and type of skills required for the position.

 

7. Bullet phrases should start with action words such as achieveddemonstratedguidedgoverned, and planned. Resumes call for short, crisp statements. These statements do not necessarily have to be complete sentences; you can frequently leave out the articles a, an, and the.

 

8. Your resume should not be longer than 2 pages unless you have more than 10 years of experience.

 

9. List everything (employment, certifications, education, internships, and activities) in reverse chronological order i.e. the most recent job listed first.

 

10. Give the accurate name of your degree in the education section of your resume. List any education and certifications achieved by month and year. If they are more than 10 years old, dates do not need to be listed.

 

11. In the employment/experience section, do not only list duties unless they are technical skills not directly notated in the position's title. Include and highlight specific achievements that present a comprehensive picture of your marketability.

 

12. Use the present tense of verbs to explain duties in your current employment and the past tense when describing duties from past employments.

 

13. Do not use the possessive case of nouns such as “I” “me” or “my” in your resume. 

 

14. List additional languages in which you are fluent. If you have traveled or lived in different countries, include that information too.

 

15. List your GPA only if it is 3.0 or above. 

 

16. List your awards and scholarships at the bottom of the page.

 

17. Be sure that buzzwords and keywords for your profession are used in your resume. Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions to increase the chances of your resume matching available positions - and of you being selected for an interview.

 

18. Include computer skills, for instance, MS Word, Excel, systems, coding languages, popular industry software programs, and databases.

 

19. If you are an entry-level applicant with no experience or changing your career, a functional or skills-based resume will more effective.

 

20. Never include your personal information in your resume; This includes your birth date, marital status, social security, or license or certificate number. Also, don't include your exact address, a city, and zip code work. 

 

21. Eliminate hobbies or interests section and religion or ethnic background unless they would be appropriate to the job based on industry.

 

22. No need to include references in a resume. If required, you may enclose an additional sheet of references.

 

23. Do not rely only on an automatic spell check of MS Word or other software. It sometimes does not detect typing errors and mistakes in capital words. Instead, check your resume manually and have it proofread by your family member or acquaintance.

 

24. Carry extra copies of your resume while leaving for interviews.

 

25. If you are applying via email, attach your resume as a.PDF document instead of .doc or .docx to preserve formatting.

 

Sources: 

"Resume Tips 2012 – 2013." Resume Tips 2012 – 2013. N.p., 25 Sept. 2013. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. .

Doyle, Alison. "The Best Resume Format." About.com Job Searching. About.com, 2 Nov. 2013. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. .