Tips on Resume Writing

Writing a resume is an important skill, both for students (applying for scholarships) and adults (applying for jobs). Check out this article on how to write a good resume! 🙂

Resume checklist for beginners – How to write your resume if you have little or no experience

Writing out a resume when you are a student or fresh out of school with no experience to speak of can be quite scary. Naturally, it would be different from what you write in a normal resume; nevertheless it is a lot simpler that it seems to be.

The core objectives for your resume:

As a beginner, your focus is straightforward, and here are the points you should keep in mind:

  • Your resume must primarily be useful to whoever will read it. Give the information that the reader needs in a concise and factual manner. Avoid verbosity.
  • Keep in mind that every potential employer comes with specific recruitment requirements. Ensure that your resume fully addresses these requirements to avoid having your application discarded at the computer-screening phase.
  • Aside from your basic information, there is no such thing as having an ‘all-purpose resume’. Modify your resume to fit what your potential employer is looking for.
  • Ensure you express your career objective concisely in your resume. If you need some help writing objectives for different job positions in different industries, you can get a number of online resources to which you can refer.
  • Conduct your research on the prospective employer’s business. If you can find an inside person it would be even better. Get as much information as you can about the position you are seeking. This will help you draft a fitting resume and avoid blunders that could cost you an employment opportunity.
  • More is not always better. Stick to the facts and avoid unnecessary floweriness. Only give additional information where you feel it would increase your competitive advantage

How to format your resume

The way you lay out your resume will be doubly important when you are at the start of your career. Remember the following:

  • Ensure that the resume is easy to read. Put the readers’ needs in mind and avoid cramming too much information into any single section.
  • Instead of employing headings, have actual demarcated sections to split the different sections of your resume. This will allow the reader to concentrate on specific sections e.g. education, work experience, qualifications etc.
  • Ensure that the resume looks professional and credible. Use color markers to separate between sections. Invest time into making it look the best.
  • Consider how much space you have. You should not cram too much information into a small space. Choose the right line spacing to ensure your resume looks light. Use short sentences.
  • Include any information you consider high value – extra-curricular activities you shone in, projects to internships you undertook that will be relevant to the post you wish to apply for.

Final checklist

The most sacrilegious thing you can do is to send your employer a half-baked, incomplete resume you worked on in the wee hours of the morning. Don’t be cheated, an employer can tell whether you gave it some thought or you simply threw together a few lines to beat the deadline.

After writing it out, ensure you check the following before sending it out:

  • Have you addressed all employer requirements?
  • Have you checked for typos and grammar errors?
  • Does it look good?
  • Have you included all your top selling points?

There, you are good to go!

Author Bio

Jane Whitaker is a human resources expert with many years’ experience. For more information on resume writing or if you need some help writing objectives for your resume, just visit our site.

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