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Tips for Writing a Resume

Tips for Writing a Resume

November 30, 1999

Education and earning a degree that you're passionate about is important; however, not all students are taught the importance or writing a resume to increase their chances of getting their dream job.

Generally Accepted Resume Tips

Although some industries have specific formats and requirements when it comes to presenting a resume, there is a general format widely accepted across all trades and industries for which you can apply.  People generally believe that a vacancy announced whether in newspapers, magazines, or online media, are limited to those skills mentioned in the advertisement. With this belief in mind, they present weak resumes that emphasize that single requirement.

Do not make this mistake when redacting your resume. Keep in mind that all positions require that applicants perform other duties apart from what is stated in such advertisement.

  • Make your titles strong and dare to be original. If you have earned a MBA degree, you can try something like "The man this corporation was looking for", then go for your real qualifications, and include all your accomplishments.
  • Learn more about the various aspects of technical, business, and professional writing to help you put together a high-impact resume. The design of your resume is also important, and the way in which you display the different elements should grab the reader's attention at first glance.
  • Go with discreet lines when it comes to design and layout. Many people play the "catchy game", printing their resume in neon or decorated paper, instead or a neutral color, which is recommended.  Select from white, gray or beige, and do not underestimate the use of white space.
  • Keep it short, but clear. Simplicity is underrated! 

Because a resume is the your marketing tool to promote your skills to prospective employers, invest some time in learning the basics of creative writing.  Look into online templates, or better yet, any of your mentor's resumes, as an example to develop your own personalized format.  Managers also appreciate resumes that are well written and organized, and generally go in chronological order.   Although a functional format highlighting your education, accomplishments, skills, and experience could be more appropriate when applying to certain job positions.

Combining chronological and functional format may be another option for writing your resume, just make sure that you list the most recent items first instead of beginning with the older.
People with experience should list the workplaces first and the schools attended, limiting the listing to school name, city, state, degree, graduation's year. However, if you have less than 5 years of experience or none, you may include awards, grades and school recognitions to enhance your presentation.