Telling someone to write a resume is usually the best way to scare them in today’s world. Not everyone is a writer and even bloggers can get a little miffed at the challenge of writing a good, professional resume. Writing a resume isn’t that difficult, though, if a person happens to have a few good tips on how to find a job. Here are the best tips for writing a professional resume:
Know the Proper Order
Most people know the basics of what should be on a resume, but not everyone knows the proper order. The first thing that a reader should see on a resume is a person’s contact information. This is the most important thing to have on a resume, and a prospective employer should have no problem locating it. Therefore, contact info goes on top!
People usually have a statement of work or career objectives, summary, or a profile, and this should be the first thing that people see after the resume. That should be followed by a list of skills that the applicant can bring to the job.
The fourth item on the list is the all-important work experience and then education. There are some people who prefer to have any volunteering or other community work they do listed, but this should only be done if it is relevant to the job.
Get a Template
The easiest way to do a resume quickly and effectively is to use a basic resume template. There are plenty out there to choose from but don’t just pick the top of one the list, though! Take your time and find one that best suits the field involved. If the resume is for someone in the tech field, for example, then they might want to choose a modern, sleek-looking resume that would pop out at a tech company.
Choose the Right Font
No, this doesn’t mean that you have to go hunting for some kind of font specialist, although there are online services like CraftResumes who do that, but realize that a font can affect whether or not an applicant gets a call to an interview. If a font is hard to read, then a prospective employer might not bother to spend the time to read it. Fonts should be easy to read and of a good size. A font-size of twelve is usually acceptable for the body text, and a serif font is usually more readable than san-serif.
Stick to Bullets
There are many ways to list skills and objectives, but using simple, unnumbered bullets is still considered to be the most eye-catching way of doing it. For work experience and previous education, however, don’t use bulleted lists, but stick to listing three simple things, the type of job or degree, the years spent there, and the location. That’s it!
Get Good Proofreading Software
There are plenty to choose from out there. Grammarly is a popular one, for instance, but it’s a good idea to get at least one. Having software to check grammar, spelling, and punctuation is especially important as anyone wants to avoid embarrassing spelling mistakes on their resume. Yes, it’s always a good idea to proofread the resume yourself, but you’d be surprised just how much proofreading software can find that you might have missed! Most of them do have a free version, so it doesn’t have to cost any money.
Get Someone to Look at it
This doesn’t mean that you need a professional proofreader to take a look at your resume, but it’s always a good idea to at least one or two other people read through it and give their opinion on what they think of it. They may also find a few issues that both you and the proofreading software might have missed.
A pair of objective eyes are also great for getting advice on the overall style and general appearance of a resume, and they can also give a few tips on how to improve it much of the time.
Have More Than One
If you are someone who is a professional blogger or in a specific job for a tech company and that’s where you want to stay, then having one resume is usually sufficient. For people who are looking for work in more than one field, though, having just one resume isn’t enough. It’s best to think of it this way: one field, one resume. Two fields, two resumes, and so on. And always to remember to apply at the right time!