Resume Writing – Starter Tips

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

A resume is a path that sets people on the roads of success in their career. It is a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of being invited to a job interview.

Your resume has only 10 to 15 seconds on average to impress an employer.

Hiring Managers receive hundreds of resumes every day. In just a few seconds (a mere glance) they will decide whether or not to call a candidate for an interview. If your resume is not conveying the right message, it will land-up where most do - the garbage can.

A well-written resume stimulates interest in meeting the candidate and learning more about him. It inspires the prospective employer to pick up the phone and ask the candidate to come for an interview.

Working a professional resume will secure more interviews for you.

Using Keywords to Market Yourself

Many companies currently utilize an automated resume database. These databases are basically resume mines.

When a vacancy arises, keywords are used to find the right resumes from among the thousands stored in these systems.

If your resume does not contain the right keywords, it will never be found during such searches.

A resume is not a just typed sheet. It is a strategic tool used to enhance your chances of getting a job. Are you reaching your target audience? How is your advertising working out for you?

A professionally written resume shortens the overall job search time.

A well-written, keyword-rich, resume not only impresses employers, but it also reduces the overall time it takes to find a job.

Good resumes get the interviews, and the more interviews you get, the higher your chances are to become employed.

Let’s Resume Talk for You

Every resume has its own way of communicating and creating an impression, but there are certain things that you should be careful while writing a resume. There should be no constraint on its size. A resume can be of one or more pages depending on the experience of the person.

However, the number of pages does not necessarily increase with experience, and an employer may feel reluctant in picking and reading long resumes. Thus a good resume should bring out a clear and concise piece of required information.

Writing a resume is an art in itself. It is a means to create a communication between you and your employer-to-be. The resume is a tool with one specific purpose, which is to win an interview. It should be able to convince your employer-to-be that you are a worthy one.

You should try and project the resume according to the specific job requirements. However, I don’t suggest just simply copying the job description jargon from the company's HR manual or the job advertisement. Personal information has nothing to do with the professional status. Hence, in most cases, there is little need to include information on marital status, age, race, family or hobbies.

Start to Write Resume

First of all, figure out what you want to do.

You can't write an effective resume if you have no job target. What I mean by this is you need to tailor your resume to the specific job you want to apply to. Gone are the days of sending out 400 copies of the same resume.

Make a list of the jobs you have held that have relevance to the new job target.

If none exists, what skills did you acquire from those jobs that apply to the one you are seeking? For instance, if you are applying for an administrative assistant position, it is possible that your fast food job does not apply and should be left off. However, one exception would be if you were in a managerial position and had restaurant paperwork you were responsible for (like inventory, ordering, reports, and bank deposits).

Make sure you stand out without being excessive.

Start with a blank page (no templates) and work on a design. Now is not the time to be overly colorful or super creative. Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. Imagine you have received 345 e-mails from job seekers within 12 hours of posting a position. What would catch your eye? Think of what would be a refreshing change and go for it.

Now for the actual resume content.

There are typically five basic sections in a resume.

  • Contact Information - Powerful and complete.

  • Headline - State what you are offering.

  • Skills Summary - Quickly highlight your relevant skills.

  • Professional Experience - Relevant and accomplishment oriented. Use action verbs to start your sentences and avoid the word "I.”

  • Education - List college or trade schools only. Leave off high school unless you are a recent graduate without experience.

Proofread it, have your friends proofread it, and then do it two more times.

I want to stress how important it is to do this. Check for spelling errors that the spell checker missed. Print it out and review it, because this seems to make you read over it more thoroughly. Watch out for poor grammar, punctuation errors, and redundancy.

Use action and industry oriented words which create a positive impression about you, that you are professional and knowledgeable.

A lot of people think a generalized resume describing everything they have ever done is a great way to show their experience and skills. This is not true. You should only include information that is useful to the job you are applying for.

Always send it with a cover letter.

Address the cover letter specifically to the company and job posting. Make a note of how you heard of the opening and why you are the best candidate. Hit the highlights of what you have to offer them so they are intrigued and interested in reading your resume.


In today’s challenging job market, resume is the only weapon of a job seeker. This makes resume writing an indispensable resource. Whether writing a resume by yourself or employing external help, you should make sure the document projects your image in the best possible manner.

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