Basic Primer on Writing a Resume


James writes:
I’m searching for a guide on how to write my resume but I can’t seem to find
anything. If you could give me some tips or a site that I could go to that would
be greatly appreciated.



The Career Doctor responds:
Can’t find anything on resumes? Wow. There’s tons of stuff available on resumes –
in magazines books and on the Web… but I’ll give you a quick primer.
Your resume is a critical marketing tool. Your resume has to entice a prospective employer enough — through its focus content and style — to first consider your
qualifications for the job at hand and then to invite you for a job interview. A resume
is a statement of your unique mix of experiences education and skills. You must
not lie on your resume but you must always remember its goal.
I think the most important thing any job-seeker should do before attempting to write
a resume is to first sit down and make a list of your skills and accomplishments from
all your previous experiences (work volunteer school etc.) because you will take
from this list those critical skills and accomplishments — not your duties and
responsibilities — that highlight your fit for the next job you are seeking.
The next step is researching and identifying the job — and all the requirements of
that job — that you are seeking because it is critical that your resume is focused on
specifics. You should also research the potential employers that may have jobs that
you seek so that you can incorporate some of their keywords into your resume.
Wait! Does this advice suggest that job-seekers need to have a specifically tailored
resume for every single job they apply for? Yes! There is absolutely no reason for you
not to develop a different resume for each job and employer. For most job-seekers
this task will simply mean tweaking small parts of your resume for similar jobs.
Once you have the content down you should focus on the style and look of your
resume. Do not use a template; design your own. Follow a consistent style. Use
normal fonts and sizes. Use bullets rather than paragraphs. Do not use personal
pronouns. Consider using a career/job objective or profile section. Always list
education and experience in reverse chronological order (starting with the most
recent stuff). Do not list any personal information (such as age marital status
weight). Do not include controversial information. And ALWAYS ALWAYS
spell-check and carefully proofread your resume for any and all errors.
Read our articles published on Quintessential Careers: The
Scoop on Resume Length: How Many Pages Should Your Resume Be?
and
10 Resume Mistakes to Avoid.
You can gets lots more advice including resume samples resume-writing tutorial and more in this section of
Quintessential Careers: Resume and CV Resources.

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James writes:
I’m searching for a guide on how to write my resume but I can’t seem to find
anything. If you could give me some tips or a site that I could go to that would
be greatly appreciated.



The Career Doctor responds:
Can’t find anything on resumes? Wow. There’s tons of stuff available on resumes –
in magazines books and on the Web… but I’ll give you a quick primer.
Your resume is a critical marketing tool. Your resume has to entice a prospective employer enough — through its focus content and style — to first consider your
qualifications for the job at hand and then to invite you for a job interview. A resume
is a statement of your unique mix of experiences education and skills. You must
not lie on your resume but you must always remember its goal.
I think the most important thing any job-seeker should do before attempting to write
a resume is to first sit down and make a list of your skills and accomplishments from
all your previous experiences (work volunteer school etc.) because you will take
from this list those critical skills and accomplishments — not your duties and
responsibilities — that highlight your fit for the next job you are seeking.
The next step is researching and identifying the job — and all the requirements of
that job — that you are seeking because it is critical that your resume is focused on
specifics. You should also research the potential employers that may have jobs that
you seek so that you can incorporate some of their keywords into your resume.
Wait! Does this advice suggest that job-seekers need to have a specifically tailored
resume for every single job they apply for? Yes! There is absolutely no reason for you
not to develop a different resume for each job and employer. For most job-seekers
this task will simply mean tweaking small parts of your resume for similar jobs.
Once you have the content down you should focus on the style and look of your
resume. Do not use a template; design your own. Follow a consistent style. Use
normal fonts and sizes. Use bullets rather than paragraphs. Do not use personal
pronouns. Consider using a career/job objective or profile section. Always list
education and experience in reverse chronological order (starting with the most
recent stuff). Do not list any personal information (such as age marital status
weight). Do not include controversial information. And ALWAYS ALWAYS
spell-check and carefully proofread your resume for any and all errors.
Read our articles published on Quintessential Careers: The
Scoop on Resume Length: How Many Pages Should Your Resume Be?
and
10 Resume Mistakes to Avoid.
You can gets lots more advice including resume samples resume-writing tutorial and more in this section of
Quintessential Careers: Resume and CV Resources.


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