How Do I Start My Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

When starting your resume, it is vital that you take a number of steps to layout your resume, so that it answers all the requirements and recommendations that a job posting lists, as well as does so in a professional format that markets your career qualifications. Here are the best tips for starting your resume:

1.Know Your Goals The first place to start when starting your resume is to know and be able to specify your exact career goals. Though you may think that this is an extraneous measure to take, it actually helps with the overall theme of an effective resume. Consider that you could list a number of skills, educational degrees, and places of employment on a resume; but if you have no idea what career you want to work in, you won’t be able to shape your experience into transferable career value to the employer. This is why many resumes fail-they have no goal or direction. This said, know what industry and what career you want to work in, and begin with that theme in mind-prior to creating your resume.

2.Consider What You Have to Offer Once you have an idea of what you want to do in a career or industry, consider all the experience in employment, achievements, education, and skills that you have to offer a company. Really brainstorm all the possible attributes and experiences that you have to offer a company, and jot them all down-without exclusion-for a plan to come back to later.

3.Review Job Postings in Your Field Next, you should have an idea of what potential employers are looking for in candidates in your field, so you best compare what you have to offer in experience, education, and skills against this. Pick ten or so job postings in any location with positions that match what you are looking to work in; and run through the list of what they are seeking in a candidate. This way, you know what skills and experience to include in your resume, as well as what experience or education to work on prior to applying for a position.

4.Assimilate the Research This is the step when you integrate all applicable skills and experience from the job postings that you researched into your career qualifications. These may have been qualifications that you forgot, or just did not consider as put in the same words as the job posting offers. In either event, these should be added to your working list of career qualifications.

5.Separate into Section Lastly, once you have the bulk of the career information that you may need for a successful and effective resume, it is time to separate this information into the main headers of a professional resume: education, employment history, and achievements. The information listed should all report to one or more of these sections, and once you have it all catalogued into various specific sections; you should start considering details that might make each section more effective and demonstrative.

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