4 Steps to Writing a Job Winning Resume 2017

Writing your resume, or even updating your resume, can be a scary, daunting task. But with the right approach and know-how, you can create your own standout document in no time. And the good news is we’re here to help.

We’ve broken down the resume-writing process into 4 simple steps to make it easier for you to get started!

Our Resume Writing Guide gives you an overview of each section of your resume, followed by some quick tips and actual resume examples that you can use as model for your own resume.

Your Summary Statement

Your statement can be written in either sentence form or bullet-point form and should be short, but effective- no more than 3 sentences or bullet points. It should also contain the following information-

  1. Your professional title
  2. Top 2-3 skills
  3. Specific expertise, professional traits, accomplishments

Your Skills and Abilities Section

Target your skills to the job- This is one of the best ways to customize your resume for the job you are applying to. Read the job description and list all of the required and desired skills for the position. Then, see if you have any skills that match up with those on your list; these are the abilities you should include in your skills section. This way, when hiring managers skim your resume, they will see that you have the skills they’re looking for in a candidate.

Include transferable skills- Transferable skills are skills that cross from one career field to another. These skills can be applied to a variety of positions. Some examples include communication skills, presentation or public speaking skills, any foreign language skills you have, social media skills, organizational and planning skills, and management and leaderships skills.

Use keywords- If you are applying to a job online and are asked to upload your resume or fill in application online, chances are you are entering your information into an application tracking system. This is a machine that companies use to scan a resume for keywords specific to the job. Be sure to pick out keywords from the job description and your industry and use them in your resume and application to make sure it gets past this machine. Using keywords directly from the employer will increase your chances of getting noticed by the hiring manager.

Your Job Or Work History

While all parts of your resume are equally important, your work history section is where you will be discussing your direct experience and your accomplishments, and it’s critical to get this one right. Let’s start with the basics. Your work history section should include the following-

  1. Positions and/or titles you held
  2. Names of organizations where you were employed
  3. City and state of each organization
  4. Employment periods for each job, written as Month/Date- Month/Date
  5. Brief descriptions of your experience in bullet format

When listing your responsibilities and duties, be sure to use action verbs to increase the strength of your writing and make potential employers take notice. Some action verbs to use include:

  1. Communicated
  2. Negotiated
  3. Joined
  4. Reported
  5. Customized
  6. Initiated
  7. Planned
  8. Budgeted
  9. Developed
  10. Prepared
  11. Contributed
  12. Ensured
  13. Provided
  14. Led

Your Qualification Section

List the highest level of education first. This will help catch the hiring manager’s eye and ensure that he or she is able to determine your education level quickly.

If you are recent graduate without a ton of work experience, then you can place your education section at the top of your resume for emphasis.

Include your educational information in this order-

  1. Degree or diploma name is listed first.
  2. Majors follow the degree. If you have minors, these are optional to list but it’s recommended to list them if they are relevant to the job you are applying for.
  3. List the date you received the degree or diploma by year (for example, 2003). If you are soon-to-be grad, you can list your expected graduation date.
  4. Employment periods for each job, written as Month/Date- Month/Date
  5. Do not include your GPA on your resume unless you are a recent graduate.

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