Hints for Making a Resume
Getting Started on a Resume
A Resume is a document that markets your skills, abilities, and
qualifications. Remember there is no "golden rule" for resume writing.
However, here are some helpful tips to get started:
- Make a list of your skills, strengths and qualifications. By
simply starting a list, you will be able to frame your resume around
the qualities that make you stand out above the rest.
- Make a list of all past jobs and work related experiences.
This includes volunteer work and unpaid jobs. You may not use all
the jobs that you have on your list, but is simply a way of
providing yourself with a list to choose from.
- Remember that the content of your resume is the first aspect
to focus on, and the formatting is second. Get your thoughts
down on paper with the resume worksheet.
Resume Writing Hints
Although writing a resume is intimidating at first glance, following
these hints will get you started in the right direction:
- Keep the reader of the resume in mind. If you have the
position description, try to match your skills and qualifications
with the attributes the employer is looking for.
- Do some employer research. By knowing what skills and
qualities a potential employer values, you will be able to tailor
your resume to meet the needs of the prospective employer. Career
Associates in the Career Discovery Center can help you get started.
- It is OK to have a two page resume. Remember to put your
name and "Page 2" on the second page, just in case it gets separated
from the first page.
Some Useful Tips For A Good Resume
10 Steps in Creating A Damn Good Resume
- Choose a target job (also called a "job
objective"). An actual job title works best.
- Find out what skills, knowledge, and experience
are needed to do that target job.
- Make a list of your 2, 3, or 4 strongest skills or
abilities or knowledge that make you a good candidate for
the target job.
- For each key skill, think of several accomplishments
from your past work history that illustrate that skill.
- Describe each accomplishment in a simple,
powerful, action statement that emphasizes the results that
benefited your employer.
- Make a list of the primary jobs you've held, in
chronological order. Include any unpaid work that fills a
gap or that shows you have the skills for the job.
- Make a list of your training and education
that's related to the new job you want.
- Choose a resume format that fits your situation--either
chronological or functional. [Functional works best if you're
changing fields; chronological works well if you're moving up in the
- Arrange your action statements according to
the format you choose.
- Summarize your key points at the top of