Resume Writing 101 – Some Basics

Resume Writing 101 - The Job Window

Keep it updated.

The perfect job has come up! You’re so excited. It matches your qualifications and experiences perfectly. Finally after all your searching here it is! You’re going to send your resume off immediately!! Except – your resume is not up-to-date. Ahhhrrrrgggh.

Note to self and anyone else out there who is looking for a job or planning on a career change: Keep your resume updated. Even if you don’t go in and consistently add to your resume, at least keep a tally of everything you’re doing professionally so you can update it easily when the time comes.   And that doesn’t just mean updating with work experience. It includes volunteering, classes, lectures, relevant personal experiences. If you don’t write things down you might forget. If you’re rushing to update your resume because that perfect job is waving at you from across the street, you might forget. The best way to avoid forgetting or losing track is to make a point of checking in with your resume regularly.

Make sure your resume is easy to understand and straightforward.

 Sometimes when you’re trying to impress the hiring manager you may fatten things up or over-blow your accomplishments or duties. Remember the person reading your resume is also reading a lot of other resumes. Essentially they want to see at a glance where you worked and what you did. You’ll have the chance to go into detail at the interview. HR people:

  1. Don’t want to waste time trying to sift through all the fluff to find the nuggets in the center.   
  2. Are pretty good at spotting exaggeration and may not end up with a very positive impression of elaboration weaving resume writer.

Get someone else to read your resume for you.

 You may think your resume is straightforward, easy to understand and completely free of spelling and/or grammatical errors, but most probably you are wrong. You are reading what you’re expecting to read. Mistakes are hidden right there in front of your eyes. What seems very self-explanatory to you, could mean different things to other people.  A resume always benefits from the view of a set of fresh eyes.

Resumes are not one size fits all.

Use specific resumes for specific roles. Tailor your resume for each you job you apply for.  Highlight specific details that will catch the attention of the HR manager. Bring significant experiences to the forefront. Make sure the person reading your resume sees specifically what you want them to see.

 

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