No one is born knowing how to write a resume. Over time, we pick up tricks and ideas from those around us. But putting thoughts down that first time, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience, can be daunting. Before you get started, it helps to review a few tips for writing your first resume. Here are some things to consider while you start.
Brainstorm about your background.
Before you sit down at your keyboard to type up your new resume, spend some time with old-fashioned pen and paper. Write down anything that comes to mind about the work you’ve done in the past, how you’ve succeeded at tasks, what kinds of jobs you’re looking for and anything else you can think of. Don’t worry about having any sort of order to the thoughts, just write them down.
Create the formatting.
Next, determine the right format for your new resume. There are several possible formats that tend to be popular. The most common is the chronological, where your experience is listed in order starting with the most recent. But for people without a lot of professional experience, that can be challenging. Look into what’s called a functional resume as an alternative format.
Add data and accomplishments.
Companies want to understand why you’re a good fit for their job. To communicate this, make sure you’re using data to sell your background. Include accomplishments in your experience as well. While you might not think you have much, there is something you can say for yourself. Don’t be afraid to brag just a little.
One of the biggest challenges people have with their resumes is a lack of editing. Proofreading is essential at every stage. Look for grammatical errors as well as spelling. And those typos can slip through easily if you’re not careful. Have a friend or family member look it over as well to catch things you might have missed.
Get a second opinion.
Lastly, you don’t want to limit the second opinion to just the proofreading. You want to ask your friends and family what they think about the resume overall. If they were in a hiring position, would they contact you? You may also want to look to communities online to get a neutral party’s second opinion on your resume and take their advice to apply it to a great second draft.
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