How to Make a Resume That Will Land You Any Job (Quick Guide + Examples)
For most people, writing a good resume is tough, and it takes time.
The worst part comes when you think you've finally got a great resume, but you're still not getting any interviews.
Wouldn't it be great if you could find a way to create a resume that would get you an interview almost EVERY time?
Is it possible?
It is if you follow the tips I'm about to share with you.
They'll prove useful no matter if you have no experience and want to write your first resume, or if you're a professional who wants to know how to write a resume that stands out.
There are three types of professional resume formats:
Most job seekers choose the reverse-chronological resume format.
Here's what a sample resume looks like when it's written in the reverse-chronological format. We created it in our resume builder (you can make your resume here):
1. What does a resume look like?
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a) Resume Summary or Objective
2. What to put on a resume?
What about the other two formats?
Who's it for? Highly skilled professionals with tons of skills and experience.
What is it? A format for those who want to build a skills-oriented resume.
Who's it for? No one.
The layout emphasizes your skills rather than your experience.
Your skills don't get that punch your experience is packing.
Well, you know that contact information comes first. But what's next?
The best way to start any killer resume is by introducing yourself.
Recruiters are looking for very specific information, and they're only going to look for it in the top third of your resume. If you don't nail it - game over.
That's why a creative resume summary or objective can save the day.
Our resume builder will show you tips on how to write a resume summary (create your resume here).
e) Additional Sections
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The next section to appear in the body of an excellent resume should show off your skills and accomplishments.
For most of you, this will probably be the experience section.
Note: If you're wondering how to come up with a student resume, or have little or no work experience, lead with your education or skills section.
Do you know how to write up your work history in the resume?
Write your history of employment in reverse chronological order - start with your current position.
For each job, include around six bullet points describing the scope of your responsibilities there.
Here's a sample resume experience entry:
2014 - Present ABC Company, Albany, NY
There's one more thing that you should know about writing an excellent resume.
You need to tailor it to every job description, and you need to know how to use the right keywords.
Recruiters are using something called Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software.
The software sorts through hundreds of resumes and compares them to keywords from the job description. If your resume preparation didn't include keyword optimization then your resume will never make it to the top of a recruiter's inbox.
Suppose you want to apply for the position of a copywriter.
The job description says:
"Able to work on several campaigns at once, sometimes under pressure, and often on tight deadlines."
To tailor your basic resume, you will want to add some of those phrases verbatim to your experience section.
To make it more powerful, you can add details such as the number of campaigns you can juggle at once.
Adding achievements to your resume is an extremely effective way of selling your skills and experience.
All you have to do is list your achievements in bullet points within the experience section.
Remember that citing numbers gives the recruiter tangible evidence of achievement.
Work on several campaigns at once.
Speaking of adding extra sections, the hobbies section of a resume is optional.
Mentioning your interests can give you a leg up by making your resume pop out. It also gives the hiring manager a fuller image of you.
Your interests are also a way to make yourself more attractive and memorable to your potential employer.
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You may also want to consider varying your vocabulary. Overusing words and phrases like “responsible for” or “manage” is boring.
Now, while you should avoid jargon and clichés, action verbs can spice up your resume and make it stand out.
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The education section of a resume is also written in reverse-chronological order, with your most recent degree appearing first.
Usually, you'll want to include the degree, major, university, and any honors or awards you received.
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Now, when you think about it, turning a good resume into an outstanding one is all about sprinkling your skills all over your resume.
However, it also makes sense to have a big section labeled “SKILLS.”
Recruiters should be able to tell two things when they have a look at your skill list:
Is there anything else you should consider adding to your resume?
If you feel traditional resume sections don't do you justice, here are some additional resume sections:
f) Hobbies and Interests
3. How to Tailor Your Resume to the Job Description
Now, take a look at this: here's an example of how to make a good resume for work versus a great resume.
What's the difference?
We've created it in our resume builder and optimized the sample resume on the right to follow the advice in this article (you can make your resume here).
Your resume is your passport to job interviews. Knowing how to make the right resume for the job is the first step on any career path.
So, take the time and energy to think about how to write a resume well, and how to tailor it to the job description. If you can do that, you're well on your way to the next level - the interview.