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How to Write a Resume for Any Industry

A resume is the first thing a company sees. You can say that your resume is your identity when looking for a job. Many people go to school to get into positions in an industry, but sometimes fall short because their resume doesn’t catch the eye of the recruiter. I know you have worked very hard and that this can be extremely frustrating, not to worry I have created some resume tips for you to implement. Implement the tips below and you should have no problem getting into your dream career.

Writing a resume is not a science it is a craft

You have to be strategic about how you craft your resume, as you are basically pitching yourself to the company. In the resume, you want to highlight your skills and achievements, but don’t overdo it. The resume should be easy to read. There are many examples online that you can select from. Get some ideas and be creative, so you can catch their eye, but keep it professional. Sweet and simple is the name of the game.

There are a few basic things you need to do:

Format

  • Choose a theme: Find a theme that matches your style, but keep it professional
  • Add your contact information
  • Create a heading statement (Resume Summary or Resume Objective), make sure this is a statement that will get their attention, this is your chance to hook them
  • Add your work experience & key achievements
  • Add your education
  • Add your skills/languages spoken
  • Add any extracurricular activities, such as volunteering, etc. (Don’t put you go clubbing every weekend)

Watch your tenses/spelling/grammar/font style & size/overall writing skills

  • Make sure that if you are writing about a past job that you are writing in a past tense
  • If you are writing about your current job that you use present tense
  • Always write in 1st person
  • Make sure that you don’t have ANY punctuation, spelling or grammar errors
  • Don’t use pronouns, such as I, me, mine 
  • Use actual number, such as the number 5 when numbering
  • Abbreviate when possible
  • Use Symbols to represent, For example, percentages %
  • Font size should be no smaller than 10.5 and no larger than 12
  • Times New Roman, Calibri, Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet  are good choices

Length

  • No more than 2 pages in length 
  • If you have 5-7 years of experience only 1 page in length
  • If you have too much experience you may want to add your last 3 jobs
  • Short paragraphs 

Experience

  • Highlight your valuable skills/show how you have brought value to the company
  • You should only list jobs that you have worked that are relevant to the job you are applying for. If you have a gap in time you can explain that in the cover page and in the interview
  • If you have minimal to no experience, list any internships or volunteering that you have done

Stand out from the rest

  • Look for job postings that you can see yourself working in
  • Tailor your resume to the job description; meaning highlight the skills that match the position you are applying for
  • Write a cover letter and write why you are the perfect fit
  • Research who the hiring manager is and carbon copy them

Overall, looking for a job is hard enough, but landing a job in your career is a whole other ballpark. Take the time to research the companies you are working for, get to know what they do and why know their mission statement. You don’t know when you will get that call and you want to be completely prepared. Make sure your resume reflects the best you. Your resume is the first impression, to the company. Make sure that it has a professional theme, easy to read, highlights your skills/experience, free of any errors, and short & sweet. Remember that you are pitching yourself to the company, as to why you’d be the best candidate, so create the best resume you can. Now that you have the skills to write a killer resume. go claim your dream job!

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