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Resume Writing Tips

by Mike

Resume Writing Tips To Help You Land A Job Fast!

When you are first learning how to write a resume, the most important thing to remember is that you are trying to sell yourself to a potential employer.

You have to think of your resume as an advertisement for yourself. The hiring manager has to dig through dozens or even hundreds of resumes, most of which will receive only a cursory scan and then get tossed aside. But your resume must be different if you want a real chance at the job.

You need your resume to stand out and you want the reader to be interested enough to bring you in for an interview. Your resume is the key to getting your foot in the door.

Now let’s go over some resume writing tips that will make an employer want to learn more about you.

Format

Presentation is important. An ugly resume may get thrown away without ever being read. Try to limit everything to only one page, two at the most. Use plain white paper and a standard font such as Arial or Courier. Fancy colors and fonts will make you stand out, but for the wrong reasons.

Use wide borders and leave plenty of white space to make it easier to read. Stay away from long paragraphs or blocks of text. Use short, snappy bullet points for maximum readability.

Content

There are a few major headings that you’ll need to include if you want to get to the next step of the hiring process:

At the top of your resume should be your name and contact information, including home address, telephone numbers, and email addresses where you can be reached.

Many employers will then look for an Objective. This is a short statement (one or two sentences will suffice) that explains exactly what you are looking for. These few lines can mean all the difference when compared to a bunch of generic resumes.

Next make a short list of qualifications, achievements, or qualities that the employer would find valuable. If you compare your resume to an ad, this would be like a list of features and benefits that the employer would get by hiring you. For example, if you know the company uses an industry-specific brand of software you should be sure to mention that you have used that software in the past. This immediately gives you a leg up on the competition.

Your employment history comes next. Start with your most recent position and work backwards, listing responsibilities, promotions, and achievements for each. If there are gaps in your work history due to unemployment or raising a family, you can briefly explain them here.

Next list your education and any degrees or certificates you earned. This area is more important for young people who do not have an extensive work history.

You can also list any IT and other skills you have that are relevant to the job. The ability to type 75 words a minute is relevant if you are applying to be an administrative assistant, but not if you are hoping to become a gardener or a truck driver.

Choosing Your Words

As we discussed above, learning how to make a resume is really just learning how to sell yourself. The words you choose may be the deciding factor in the hiring manager’s decision. You don’t want her falling asleep as she tries to get through your resume.

Avoid long sentences. Instead, use short and punchy bullet points.

Speak in the third person and stick with action verbs. Make it sound as if your past performances really made a difference. Read the two sentences below:

“I was responsible for increasing the output of the assembly managers by 31 percent.”

“Increased worker productivity by over 30%.”

Which sounds better?

The first sentence drags on forever. The second one communicates concisely, uses an action verb, and leaves no doubt that you made a positive difference in your last position.

Proofreading

This is where so many job applicants go wrong. Their lack of attention to detail dooms them before they even have a chance to prove themselves. But that’s not going to happen to you.

Use the spell checker on your computer and then go over it again yourself to look for errors in spelling and grammar. Then read it out loud. Listen for any awkward spots and reword them if necessary. And have a friend read it too. They may spot an error that you missed.

Do you have resume writing tips that are guaranteed to fill your calendar with job interviews?

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Bryan

I have always been wondering, what do you mean by leave a lot of white space? Why does it make it easier to read?

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Jenna

Also create (or update) your LinkedIn account. Lots of employers check that out.

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Everyday Tips

This is really so important, especially considering how many job seekers are out there right now.

I recently had to write a resume and I hated doing it. It is so smart to constantly update a resume. I would suggest if you finish a major project or something to put it on your work-in-progress resume right there and then. It is so hard to think back to all your accomplishments. Quantify as much as you can.
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Interesting post.I enjoyed reading it.I suggest that if you are adding objective in resume, be sure that it should be a bold statement that differentiates you from the resume piles.Its a good step to make use of action verbs & choose relevant keywords for resume .LinkedIn is also used in advanced recruiters agencies.

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Kirsten Resume Writer

It becomes very difficult to prepare a resume when you have done lot of different things in your career. It becomes very important to consult a good counselor and resume writer. You should add somethings while leave others…

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Multi Passionate

Nice blog to read. I think white spaces should be left appropriately not too much nor too less, but optimize it in a manner that becomes more readable.

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