Your Guide to Writing a Good Resume

When applying for a job, it is very important to be well-prepared. You want to impress a potential employer in every possible way – from your cover letter, your resume, to your job interview and even after you’re hired with the company. In this article, let’s discuss some tips on how you can prepare a good resume.

What is the Right Resume Format?

There are different ways or styles to present a resume. Some jobs call for the traditional format particularly executive and managerial positions.  Meanwhile, jobs in the creative field such as designs or advertising may be more lenient, less formal and more artistic. If you’re not sure which is more appropriate, you can go with the professional or contemporary style resume.

The chronological order of the categories may be arranged depending on your strongest and weakest points. For instance, if you have an impressive employment history, you may choose to put it on the top of the list. This not only shows the progression of your career but your qualifications as well.

On the other hand, if you do not have a very impressive employment history, you may focus on your stronger points such as your Key Skills or Achievements. Thus, even if you do not have an employment background, you can immediately showcase your potential as an employee.

Tips for a More Impressive Resume

Be specific when defining your objective. Some applicants use the phrase “seeking for any available position”. Don’t expect your employer to think for a suitable position for you. You should know your strengths and capabilities as an employee. You should also be certain about what you want, not appear to be indecisive.

Include only the details that are relevant to the position you are applying for. When enumerating your skills, focus on the skills that make you a qualified candidate for the job. Don’t try to make your resume longer than it should be. There’s no need to include your height, weight, eye color, hair color, and other physical attributes unless the job ad requires you to provide these info.  (Some jobs such as airline flight attendants or hotel representative may have height requirements.)

Proofread your resume before submission. Make sure that it is free from any typo or grammatical error. Do not use a photocopy to save money. Even if you must submit resumes to various companies, always use the original print. Avoid using poor quality paper as your resume could seem worn out or unclean. Using high quality paper in resumes is money worth spent.

Updated: April 27, 2011 — 6:13 am

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