Write a Resume in 10 Steps
Writing a resume. The simple hearing of the phrase induces exhaustion. When that blank page stands before us we often find ourselves stumped. “Where do I start,” we ask ourselves. Here are 10 Steps to Write A Resume for those who love to paint by the numbers.
10 Steps to Write a Resume
Know what position you are applying for.
When you write a resume, you need to gear it towards the position. If you are applying for the job of Head Cardiologist and your resume includes work experience as a Retail Specialist at a toy store, you’ll be setting yourself up for disaster. Every word in your resume should be telling a story of how you are perfect for the position you are applying for.
Know what company you are applying for.
It helps to know the company you are applying for. If there is a certain way they like to do things, including in your resume work experiences or education in doing things that way will be a great way to get past ATS as they are more than likely looking for candidates that fit their business style. Always research your company before writing your resume and applying. It will make a huge difference.
Decide your format.
Chronological, Functional or Combination; these are your choices. It’s not so much as just choosing and then writing but it’s even more important to pick the one that best suits you. Chronological Formats are meant for those with work experience and limited skills and/or education. Functional Formats are meant for those with plenty of skills and/or education but little to no work experience. Combination Formats are designed to take someone with an abundance of both and trim everything down to fit on one page. Remember, the trick is choosing the right one.
Set up your text size and font style.
Now is not the time to get too artistic. Yes, you want to stand out and you want your resume to look good but you need to be “business professional” about this. Ariel, Cambria or Times New Roman are probably the best to consider. 10 to 12 pt font size would also be a good range to stay within. Using a color or two may be a good idea, but remember to keep it simple.
Enter your contact information.
Your contact information is perhaps the easiest part of the resume and usually consists of the following: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address and (If you have it) Personal Website. To keep things simple, you could get away with just your name, phone and email. This helps when trying to keep things down to one page. Use your best judgment when deciding what contact information to include.
Enter your Personal Summary
This is the probably the hardest part of the resume. This is mainly due to the fact that it requires some creativity. The purpose of the Personal Summary is to sell yourself to the employer by summarizing who you are based off of the information on your resume. Believe it or not, a good Personal Summary could be the one thing that gets you an interview.
Enter your information
Based off of your format, you will enter your work experience, skills and education in a particular order. Be sure to enter this information in a way that it builds you into the perfect candidate for the position you are applying for. There is such thing and too much information in a resume as well. Be sure to list the most relevant work experience and the most relevant skills.
Now that everything has been entered, be sure to read the resume you just created. Better yet, give it to someone else to read for you. Does it make sense? Are there any mistakes? Double and triple check everything before you go off applying. Some employers will throw resumes out for the smallest things. Don’t let them throw yours out due to a typo.
Now that you’ve read your resume or gotten outside help, go back and fix your mistakes. Don’t be surprised if you see things you may want to change with each revision; this is normal. Just be sure to read and revise with each change you make.
Protect your resume! It can’t be stressed enough. You just spent all your time building an awesome resume that is sure to impress, do you really want to just print it out to just delete it? That’s silly. Save it to a PDF and store it on a Flash or Hard Drive. Send it to yourself in an email. Backing up your resume is like saving money in the bank for a rainy day. You never know when you’re going to need it.