In this post, I want to write out some simple steps on how to write a resume. It is much easier than most people think, but you must approach it in an organized manner. All your thoughts must be clear in your mind or on scratch paper before you begin writing.
Here Are 7 Tips
- Figure out which layout you will use. The layout should have a clean look with the most attractive points standing out (ie: bold, italics, or proper spacing).
- Do not go over 1 page unless you have 15 years or more experience. Most employers do not want to read through a recent college graduates resume if it is 3 pages long. If you have more to write, include that information in your cover letter.
- Keep your writing style consistent! People often make the mistake of mixing past tense with present tense at inappropriate times.
- Do not use “my” or “I” in your resume. Save those words for your cover letter.
- Choose a font size no smaller than 10 and no larger than 14.
- Be clear and concise in your job descriptions. Make it easy for the employer to understand.
- Be sure to emphasize the outcomes and accomplishments you have achieved at prior jobs. After your layout, an employer will notice this most.
What To Do Next
Once you have created and proof-read your resume, you are ready to begin sending it out. A little known secret is that most large job sites allow for a free posting of your resume that employers often look to if they are not getting the type of applicants they are satisfied with. It can’t hurt to list your resume, so why not do it. You should also refer to our Resume Makeover to see a few excellent resume samples.
How To Post Your Resume On Line
Two good places to post your resume for free are Beyond.com and Monster.com. If you want to go a step further, you can have Resume Zapper send your resume to thousands of recruiters who can also help get you an interview in your specific industry.
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