Tips on Writing A Resume

Need help creating or revising your resume? Then these tips on writing a resume will definitely help you!

Writing a resume is definitely one piece of writing you should take seriously. After all, whether you land an interview or not can depend on how well your resume is written.

Below I have compiled the top twenty tips on writing a resume. Review these tips for determining your resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and so more tips on writing a resume that will land you an interview.

Ready to dive right into these tips on writing a resume? You may want to take out a sheet of paper and take note on some of these. These tips can make all the difference for you. Even if you have already written your resume, it is never to late to edit.

Top Twenty Tips on Writing A Resume:

  1. Resume Writing Format: When writing a resume, it is extremely important that you choose a font that is clear and legible. A standard font to use is "Times New Roman," but it is not required. Also choose the right resume writing format in regards to if it should be a simple-brief resume or a more detailed one. This will vary according to the job description and requirements.
  2. Include all of your contact information: You want to make sure that the interviewer can reach you. Include your full name (you may exclude your middle name if you prefer), your address, phone number and e-mail address.
  3. Tailor your resume: Make sure that your objective and content is related to the job. You may need to revise the same resume several times if applying to multiple jobs.
  4. Include resume keywords: Be sure to add descriptive words that fit from the job description in your resume. This shows that you have actually read the description and have tailored your resume.
  5. Look at some resume writing examples/samples: Find other resumes that are available and see how others are writing their resumes. This can help you see the overall structure.
  6. Use descriptive titles: The way you word your previous job titles and description is important. Whether you believe it or not, employers received hundreds of applications for the same position. Make yours stand out. Instead of writing: Accountant, write: In charge of overseeing A/R, A/P, and Bookkeeping.
  7. Put important information first: Many times the most important part of your employment is your previous job. However, if you have had several jobs and cannot fit all of them, include the positions that are relevant to the job you are applying to.
  8. Not too long: Don't create a resume that is five pages long. A typical resume should be between one-two pages max. If you are writing a CV, which many teaching applicants write, the length is not important.
  9. Be brief: Don't go on and on. Your points should be brief and straight to the point. You can elaborate when you are contacted for an interview.
  10. No Pictures/No Ages: Although it is illegal for employers to discriminate, some employers will think about your age and appearance. I strongly recommend to avoid including a photo and of writing your age on the resume.
  11. Don't include irrelevant information: There is no need to include information about religious preferences, sexual orientation or political influence. Including these items will definitely not land you a job, and they may even hurt your chances of getting an interview.
  12. Don't lie: Only include factual information about yourself. It is never a good idea to lie on a resume. Many employers do reference and background checks, and this will only hurt yourself.
  13. Use action verbs: Use words such as "planned," "managed," "demonstrated," etc.
  14. Update your resume regularly: Even if you do not have much to change on your resume, you should still update it regularly. There are always ways you can improve it. Maybe you could include more action verbs, shorten certain descriptions, add a few details, etc.
  15. Use a professional tone: Do not use jargon or slang! Many people should already know that resumes should never have any type of language that is nor professional. Slang should always be avoided, and it is never a good idea to assume that the employer will know the jargon you are using. Avoid it altogether
  16. Don't list hobbies: Even basic resumes should not have a hobby section. Unless you are absolutely sure that your hobby will be a benefit to the company. Otherwise, omit it.
  17. Create an e-mail version: Many employers now want resumes submitted in the body of e-mails and not as an attachment. Play around with your resume and create a draft that has the proper resume writing format in the body of the message.
  18. Quality printer: Print your resume from a quality printer and on white paper. If you do not have one, you can always take a scan disk and print at Staples or another printing shop.
  19. Reread your resume: Just like anything you write, revision is a part of the process. Save time to review what you have written. Make sure your grammar is correct and your sentences are complete. If not, review these English grammar lessons.
  20. Consider getting professional help: Although you may think you know what you are doing, it is never a bad idea to get help. This document is extremely important in your future. Once you have someone help you with the format and wording of your document, you can always alter it for other jobs later.

Well, there you have the the top twenty tips on writing a resume.

Writing a resume is tough and time consuming. Take your time and write. That is the only way you can assure that it will be the quality that you want. Never rush through such an important document. After all, this document is your first impression on an employer. Make a good first impression!

I really hope theses tips on writing a resume was helpful for you. Feel free to pass them on.

Once you are done writing your resume, check out our job board that has a variety of online writing jobs as well as many other jobs related to this site. Best of luck.

As always, if you have a tip that I haven't mentioned above that you feel is vitual to include, please contact me and let me know!

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