How To Build A Great Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

You may have some idea of how to create a resume-but do you know how to build a great resume? If you are like most people, you do not know what to do and how to implement these career positive tactics in your resume. Moreover, maybe you think the tips that might make your resume great are intended for a certain kind of candidate, with a certain level of experience, or a certain industry in which they work. The reality of it is, that any professional resume can be great; it just needs the right approach and the same career winning tips. We offer the most helpful steps in building a great resume below.

1.Research Where to start in creating a great resume? With the right amount of research on your industry and position. The best start for building a resume that really gets employers to take notice of your qualifications and hand you an interview, is to understand what employers are looking for in your field, and what qualifications you have or do not have in relation to other applicants. How do you find this information? Simply research job postings and job sites to see what employers post as their required and recommended education, skill sets, and employment history. This will give you a good idea of what you have, and also what to include and/or focus on when building your resume.

2.Choose Format There are three basic resume formats to consider using when building your resume-chronological, functional, or the combination resume. For the chronological resume, the ideal applicant should be someone with a consistent employment history with long term positions and good standing employers. For the person with a less focused employment history or one in which there are gaps in employment, the functional format is recommended-as it focuses on the skills and achievements of the applicant. For the combination resume format, the applicant should have strengths in both employment history and skill sets. It is vital to choose the right format for your own experience, to ensure that your best career strengths are offered to a potential employer.

3.Use a Resume Template Another way to transform an ok resume to great is with the use of a resume template. Resume templates help you plug in the career qualifications that you have in the right format-meaning with the right spacing, paragraph breaks, and headers. This way, you don’t create a resume with all the right information, but in a format that looks unprofessional.

4.Keep Font and Style Simple Make sure when creating your resume that you keep to as professional and easy to read format as possible. Though you may think that it is wiser to be as unique as possible, so that employers notice your resume over others; it is much more advisable to keep your format as clean and professional as possible. You can do this by using a standard straight lined font, such as Times New Roman or Calibri, in 10 or 12 pt size. Do nothing dramatic in your resume, which includes bolding and underlining. Use these only when necessary. If you do choose to be more artistic than professional, an employer will likely think you are unprofessional and trying to hide the fact that you do not have adequate qualifications.

5.Make Sure of Relevant Contact Information Though it may seem a very obvious thing to include, very often do applicants forget to include the correct contact information. In many cases, applicants consider contact information a given, and often forget to include newer contact information; or enough contact information to make themselves available when an employer may call upon them for an interview. So, make sure to include a number of ways to contact you: email, phone, and alternate phone, for example; and make sure prior to sending any resume that you are offering updated information.

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