How to Write a Resume

Finding a job that will suit you may not be as easy as getting hired.  But almost everyone will say that being accepted to a job is not exactly a piece of cake either.  With the current economic crisis, applying for a job became more competitive than ever.  Even getting that coveted interview will be very difficult.  Sometimes, the only chance to prove yourself in front of the panel is through your resume.  Your resume is not just a simple document with all your past academic and work experiences.  With a proper style, it can help make you seem like the perfect candidate for the job.  Here’s how to write a resume, the proper way.

Step 1:

List the basic information about you.  Aside from the usual personal information, the resume must include or your recent achievements on most of your endeavors.  Try to remember the most important ones because they will help boost your chances.

Warning:  If you are not sure about a past achievement or experience, it might be better to recheck it.  If you can’t prove its accuracy, just don’t put it on your resume.  Wrong information on your resume can risk your application.

Step 2:

Follow the standard format.  Follow the standard format of resumes.  Human resource personnel look for the information that they need through these format.   Following the standard format will also ensure that you have not forgotten anything.

Warning:  You are still free to create your own style and make a little changes.  Following the standard format as can make your resume seem boring and plain.

Step 3:

Proofread your resume.  Proofreading is one of the most important aspects of writing your resume.  Not only will this help check the grammatical and typographical errors, but this will also help you go over the facts that you have stated on your resume.  You can then see if you have missed anything important in writing your resume.

Warning:  Your resume should state only facts and should be 100% accurate.  It is illegal to put wrong information on your resume.

Your resume is the first part of you that will be seen by the job application panel of the company that you are planning to work for.  If your resume does not look good, even if you are the best, then you still might not get the slot.  Because first impressions usually last, you definitely have to set your best foot forward.   Who knows, you might even get the job most suited for you based on your resume.

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  1. Recel Lanuza says:

    What is the standard format of a resume?
    The standard format might be used in a simple job and not in a creative position. The following are the normal main sections that should be included in a resume:
    Career Objective
    Personal Information
    Employment History
    Educational Background
    Trainings and Seminars Attended
    Character References

    What is the essence of proofreading your resume?
    Proofreading means reading a proof copy of a text/document so that you can review and correct any errors. Once you have proofread your resume, you will be very confident of yourself because you are very sure that all stated in your resume are all facts. Usually, human resource personnel are only depending to the statement of your resume during the initial interview so it is very important that you have memorized it all.

  2. What is the difference of biodata, curriculum vitae and resume?

    That is what I am thinking of, resume is a document which is a summary of employment or work experience of an applicant. While a biodata, which is seldomly use nowadays is pure information about the applicant’s financial, educational or professional history. The curriculum vitae in the other hand is noted as a regular or particular study pertaining to education and life.

    But in Europe, the usage of CV is synonymous with the usage of resume in US.

  3. Kevin Moreno says:

    What is the importance of a proper resume in applying a job? Does it really help?

    A proper resume ensure and proves an applicant’s ability of presenting himself to the best of his knowledge and given the chance to include achievements and special skills which leads to a greater opportunity to be employed. It also helps an applicant to have a good impressions from employers. Generally, presenting an outstanding resume will lead in the employer’s list of interesting applicant that will help them to meet the company’s needs.

  4. whimsical1207 says:

    The first step in landing that dream job of yours is writing a resume. Your resume should contain all important information like working experiences, skills that can help you in the job that you are applying for, educational attainment, references and personal information. Your resume should be impressive but it is of primary importance that it should also contain the truth. It should not be embellished with lies just so you get the coveted job. The resume need not be too long, as you are not writing all your commendations since you were in grade school. Information in the resume should be concise and qualifactions easily seen so the reader will not get bored or confused with too many information.

  5. Josephine says:

    How do I make my resume look good? Try to highlight your achievements or experiences which you think will be very helpful for you to get that job. Never underestimate that “cumlaude” title that you had. Have you ever been the president of an organization? List it. Those seminar workshops you attended are also a big plus. Same with your on the job trainings. Your employer will surely notice these things and will incorporate your past experiences to your working skills. Also, remember to make your resume short (around 2-3 pages) because an average employer will spend 1 minute to scan your resume (especially if there’s a huge amount of applicants). When you are done with your resume, try to ask someone to check it for you and ask for their opinion.

  6. Evesdrop says:

    If you are to write your resume, try to think of how you will be using this to get that target job. If you are an experienced professional applying for a specific job not currently in your list of previous jobs, create a functional resume, which focuses on your experience and skills. This is commonly used if you have changed careers often. If your previous job happens to be in the same field as your target job, make it a chronological resume. It usually shows you have solid background in terms of employment and it showcases your work experiences with no gaps. You can even use a combination type resume which shows both your skills and chronologically lists all of your previous work experience starting from your most recent job. It can also be a mini-resume more of a summary of a lengthy resume and a targeted resume which highlights your skills and experiences specifically aimed at a particular job.

  7. phraensys says:

    Your resume is what you are in front of the employer. therefore, it is very important to lay down whatever and whoever you are.

    It is also very important to note down the fact that there are various types of employers. therefore, to play safe, just state your position and what you did. do not put so much icing on the cake – it may appear as though you are covering up for something.

    As i have read somewhere, as much as possible, use plain words. do not use highfalutin words. facts [as it is written on your resume] should speak for itself.

  8. From prior experiences and insights of friends, it is better to be simple with your resume. Avoid being flowery or overly wordy and be straight to the point. Employers also look for people who have experiences in giving back to their community, such as: outreach work, community awareness campaigns, community services and such, as they are the ones who are most likely to thrive in any position and are more likely to be flexible and productive. Though it is not absolutely necessary to have prior experiences in such things, it will greatly help and will prove to be invaluable resume-builders.

  9. The best way to organize your resume is to have it drafted first. I used to be an HR practitioner and I really appreciated resumes that are well thought of. I suggest that you start writing your employment background first – jobs taken, professional awards and trainings; followed by your educational attainment and personal info with character references. You may also attach a cover letter but it’s not really necessary. Based on my experience, I hardly got impressed with cover letters. It will still boil down to your credentials and eventually, actual performance when you get hired.

  10. How do I impress my future employer with my resume? Think of achievements you got in relation to the position you are applying for. It may not be in a form of an award or a certificate but you can also put what you have overcome over the past years. If you are applying for a Health Care Specialist position, you can include all your volunteer works and organizations you joined in to validate your skills in relating to other people. Once you qualify for the position, be ready to show them what you have learned from your experiences.

  11. potrish78 says:

    A resume is the most critical stage for an applicant to get an interview. Keep in mind that you only have one chance to make an impression to a possible employer through your resume. So it should be striking at first glance to help you win that interview. Normally, employers would just browse through your resume for a quick one to five minutes. Keeping this in mind, you have to stand out as exceptional among all the other applicants. They are not looking for something very specific but they want to read resume’s that would keep them interested.
    It is also important to consider the paper to use. Stick to white or off-white high class paper. DO NOT use cheap paper! This would just turn your potential employer off and ruin your chance to win an interview. Make sure that there is no smudge on the paper. A clean, well-printed resume entails that it is well prepared which represents that you are very much interested in the position being applied for.
    Stick to a one-page resume. If you can keep the reader interested all through-out, then go ahead and make more pages; but if you can’t, just follow the one-page resume rule. Make use of powerful words while enumerating your achievements e.g. earned, achieved, generated, accomplished. These words make a great impact.

  12. Words, words, and more words…

    In writing a resume, one must bear in mind, that the ones who are going to read your resume are simple humans too. They have to be impressed and satisfied with the contents of your resume. So aside from making it neat, no typos, and tailor-fitted to the job you are applying for, you must make it impressionable by using “power” words.

    Power words are just simple adjectives but when put into good use, it can really mean a lot of difference in your resume. For example, instead of just writing “Made monthly reports on..” you can write “Generated monthly reports on..”, instead of writing “Introduced a new way..” you may write “Introduced an efficient way to…”.

    See the difference? You don’t need to lie in order to make your resume impressive. Just add or substitute some power words and you’re good to go.

  13. yvonne t. says:

    Whenever you write your resume always start with a draft. You should list down all the important information you need in order to have a detailed resume. Always be 100% accurate in the information you place because there are companies now that do background checks. I work for a background checking company and most of the employees often forgot simple information that leads to discrepancies, nevertheless, you should always check your records. Next, make it simple and very striking to your employers. Just like Preppy said, using proper adjectives can actually help a lot.

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