following free tips will give you some guidance on how to make a resume. But keep
in mind that these free tips are just guidelines. Everyone's background
is different so there's no single formula on how to make a resume that
fits all cases. So use these tips to guide your thought process but trust
your own common sense on how to handle specific issues when you make your
own resume. Keep in mind that you only have 30 seconds to make a
good impression with your resume so don't miss your opportunity.
Here's how to
make a resume that will get you noticed:
Before you write the first word of your resume,
figure out the position and industry you want to target. Then make an
outline of your presentation and fill in the details of your background.
Make sure you keep the focus on your target.
Avoid the functional resume format. Too many
negatives associated with it.
The general rule for page length is 1-page for typical
entry level college students and 2 pages for everyone else. There can
be exceptions to this but the longer the resume, the less likely it
will be read. So make your resume concise.
Don't include a picture of yourself unless you're in an
industry that requires a photograph (e.g., TV, theatre, film).
Don't include personal information (marital status,
children, date of birth, ethnicity) on a US style resume. Note that
this information is generally acceptable when you make an
Make sure to put your name on the first line
at the top of your resume in a large font with your contact
information immediately below it.
Use a summary section "intro" on your resume to give
the reader a brief picture of your background. Make this section very
short and strong.
Include a bulleted list in the experience section of
your resume to showcase your accomplishments. Make these statements
short and strong. Use quantifiable information and action verbs.
Use a font size between 10 and 12 for the body
text of your resume. Make sure to choose a font that's compatible with applicant tracking systems that
many employers use.
If you have negative information in your background,
try to avoid including it on your resume if you can. If you can't, then
make sure you present it in a way that lessens the negative impact. For
example, often older workers attempt to disguise their age by
their dates of employment and college graduation dates. This approach
rarely fools anyone and can actually backfire by making the reader say
to himself/herself: "If this candidate is worried about their age,
maybe I should be worried about it, too". I recommend turning negative
issues such as age into positives. Always try to figure out
how to turn your lemons into
Watch the tone of your resume. Make sure you don't write in an
arrogant, pompous, or self-serving manner. You're going to have a tough
time selling yourself to a prospective employer if he/she feels you're
talking down to them.
Make sure your resume is accurate and be honest with
what you say. It's OK to present yourself in the best light you can but
an outright lie can hurt you later on if the truth comes out. It
happens all the time.
Don't include salary information or your references on
Once you've finalized your resume, make sure you make
all the file conversions you will need in your job search. Other files
you may need in addition to your word processed file include an ASCII
.txt file for "cutting and pasting" into e-mail messages and posting on
job boards, an Adobe .pdf file for sending as attached files, and an
HTML file for putting your resume on a Web page.
Contact Paige for
help with improving and perfecting your existing resume.
Paige is a member
of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and
holds a certification as a Professional in Human