Resume Writing 101: Top 3 Resume Tips
I have so many pointers for writing a great resume that I can’t wait to share with everyone. But to start, I am giving you my top 3 resume writing tips.
- KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
My number one of all number ones in resume writing is: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Seriously! Any good author knows she/he must write for their audience. Your resume is no different than any other great work of informative writing so know your audience, study your audience, and write with them in mind.
So who is your audience anyway? Most likely a recruiter or HR manager but don’t neglect the resume gatekeeper – resume databases (or more likely referred to as Applicant Tracking Systems). Your resume should be written with keyword rich text that applies to the job posting. I’m not saying fudge your resume with experience you are lacking. Instead, make sure that your experience aligns with and compliments the job posting. If the posting calls for 10+ years’ experience or excellent customer service skills – make sure this is demonstrated on your resume.
- CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME TO EACH JOB POSTING
My second resume writing tip is a close second and goes hand-in-hand with knowing your audience: CUSTOMIZE, CUSTOMIZE, CUSTOMIZE. What do I even mean when I say this? There is no one-size fits all resume. If you a serious about your job search you will take the extra time to tailor your resume to each job you want to apply for.
First, I suggest starting with a generic resume because each job you apply for will be different – even if it is the same target job title. It will have different requirements and/or preferred requirements so make sure you are demonstrating the requirements of each specific job you are applying for in your resume.
Great questions to ask while drafting your resume: What story are you trying to tell about yourself? What do want recruiters to know about you? What sets you apart from other job seekers? Showcase that information when relevant to the position.
- EDITING YOUR RESUME
Edit and then edit some more. Your resume shouldn’t be just one draft. It should be many drafts and many edits. People often overlook how important their resume truly is. I mean it is likely one of the most, if not the most, important financial documents you have in your arsenal. It is the document that makes or breaks your job search. Have a poorly written and formatted resume and you will likely not get the call backs or interviews you were hoping.
So now that you have your resume drafted. Go back and do these things:
- Remove repetitious information.
- Condense long sentences.
- Remove words that don’t add value.
- Make sure your tenses are consistent.
- Check your spelling and grammar.
- Make sure your contact information is up to date.
- Cut out overused pronouns.
- Action words are your best friend. Use them throughout your resume.
- No long paragraphs. I will go as high as three sentences in a paragraph.
- Bullet point important information.
If you have any questions or need any help, please contact me. I’m always happy to help and love talking resumes and everything job search related.