Ready For A Career Change? Your 8-Step Guide To Writing A Top-of-the-Stack Resume
Working with a professional resume writer is a great way to ensure you get the draft you deserve. But, if you’re not ready just yet and prefer to go it alone, using these tips to create your first draft will get your resume closer to the top of the pile.
One. Consider the type of resume needed for your specific situation. For example, if you’ve had a gap or two in your employment history, you should consider drafting a functional resume. You can learn even more about the 4 main resume types here.
Two. Once you’ve determined the best format for your resume, you should conduct a little resume recon. Use the internet to your advantage and look at other resumes for inspiration. You can also ask your local librarian for assistance and they will be able to provide a few resume books and online tools with examples.
Three. Now, you’re ready to start creating! Before you type the first word, be sure to choose appropriate fonts and sizes. Don’t get too fancy and keep it simple. Whether your resume is reviewed by a human or software program, you must ensure the text is readable. Unless you are applying for a position that requires you to show some serious creativity, choose a basic font style (Arial, Verdana, etc.), with a size of 11-12 points.
Keeping the use of font style features (bullets, italics, etc.) to a minimum is key. Feel free to use boldface to create section headings or for those times you need to highlight measurable achievements. For example, if you negotiated a contract for an employer that resulted in a 30% savings for the company, you’ll want to make that point stand out. When using a specific font style feature, remember to remain consistent with its use, throughout the resume.
Four. Start typing, but be concise! Write scannable statements that get straight to the point. To help accomplish this, consider the relevance of the info you’re providing. You don’t want to give info that doesn’t fall in line with the job description and for the info you do provide, make sure it isn’t too lengthy.
Five. When possible, put numbers on paper and show off a bit! Quantifying accomplishments is a credibility booster and a sure way to get noticed.
Six. These days, it is incredibly common for employers or recruiters to use recruiting software to scan resumes and applications. To please the programs (and hiring manager), the use of keywords is a must. It’s important to dedicate the time needed to include appropriate keywords, which will show your skills are a sure match with the job description.
Seven. Gambling with your resume’s content is not an option and proofreading is a must. Did you know, 75% of job applicants are dismissed as a result of poorly drafted resumes? Make sure you’re a part of the 25%!
Eight. Get honest feedback from someone willing to take the time to go over your resume a few times. You’ll likely need to make some revisions before it’s ready to be seriously reviewed. But, that’s okay and expected.
Remember to take your time & NEVER quit!
Good Luck :)