HOW TO

Write A Resume

Resume

A well-written resume which signifies your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get interviewed, if not selected. It needs to be consistent, concise, clean and easy to read. This article will tell you how to write a resume for a job to increase your chances of getting a job interview.

How To Write A Resume For A Job

1. Include a Summary

Begin with resume objective statement where you highlight the career objectives you wish to achieve. This is because you want to keep the focus on what you can do for the employer. It sums up who you are at the top of the page in two sentences. 

2. Choose The Type of Resume

Before writing a resume, choose the style which best suits to your personal circumstances. There are three basic types of resumes used when applying for a job opening:

  • Chronological
  • Functional
  • Combination

types of resumes

Take some time and review the above-given types and pick the best one for your situation.

3. Choose the Right Font and Size

The second step in writing a resume is to pick the right font and size which leaves enough white spaces on the page. Don’t use styles such as bold, italic, underlining, and bullets.

4. Create a Header

A header on your resume must contain your name, contact information, and Email address. Make sure to list an active phone number so you don’t miss out on an interview call. Also make sure your mailing address is professional, for example, jsmith@inbox.com. Refrain from using addresses like candygirl@mail.com or hotbod@mail.com as they are deemed highly unprofessional.

5. Use the Keyword

Nowadays, most companies use recruiting software to screen candidates for a job opening. To get found in the large pool of applicants, your resume must include keywords which directly target the job you are interested in. The keywords include:

  • Skills
  • Jobs
  • Activities
  • Software
  • Qualifications

5. Focus on Education and Skills

It’s always best to expand and focus on your educational experiences and skills you have developed on your resume. Do not forget to mention your academic history including school name, degree, and achievements.

6. List your Extracurricular Activities

Keep in mind that most of the employers nowadays take into consideration the volunteer and extracurricular experiences you have gained. Highlight your talents or place where you learned a new skill. Ensure to include those hobbies which may be relevant to your job position.

7. Internships

Internships are a powerful weapon to have in your arsenal when you do not have the required experience for the job. An internship provides hands-on experience and also allows you to network and make industry connections. Be sure to list all internships (paid or unpaid) you have done.

8. Proof Read Your Resume

Thoroughly proofread your resume before sending it. Also look for any spelling or grammar errors, as well as inconsistencies. You can also ask someone else to review it to ensure it is free from errors.

What Not To Include In A Resume

  • The word ‘Resume”
  • Any personal data other than your contact information
  • Low GPA
  • Unrelated work experiences
  • Unrelated hobbies
  • Negative words or ideas

Also, keep the following points in your mind:

  • Don’t make the mistake of writing the date on your resume
  • Don’t start phrases with ‘I’
  • Don’t use words such as exquisite, outstanding or interesting

How To Write A Resume For College

Some colleges need a resume along with the application, while others just welcome the document in the supplemental material section. Here is what you should include:

  • Heading along with your name, contact, address, and Email
  • High school information with the date of graduation,  GPA (weighted), class rank, and SAT/ACT scores (if any)
  • Awards, periodicals, honors, and other successes
  • Coursework
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Voluntary service
  • Work experience
  • Hobbies
  • Special skills (if any)

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