Writing a Resume to Get HiredIn a competitive market place, drafting a resume that will get you an interview for a desired job can be challenging and overwhelming.

Everything you include in your resume should be in an effort to reflect your skills, experiences, and qualifications for the position. You will inevitably create several versions of your resume, each targeting a position, employer or industry. Trending feedback from employers indicates most resumes do not show clear information that a candidate is qualified for the position.

“Your document must stand out. You must prove you are the best candidate for the position.”

There are books and articles galore on the guidelines of resume writing. Everyone has a different opinion of what you should/should not include. Good resume writing takes diligence and involves many revisions.

To get asked, “When can you start?” you must first write a resume that represents your abilities in the best possible light AND passes the employer 8-second review or the electronic application scan.

Be sure to use key words from the job description. List relevant skills, achievements and accomplishments. Show experience with specific outcomes. Include leadership, project management, academic success, and community involvement. Your document must stand out. You must prove you are the best candidate for the position.

Information to Include in your Resume:

  • Qualifications
  • Accomplishments
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Leadership
  • Skills
  • Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical thinking

8 Basic Rules:

  1. Appearance – Appealing and easy to read in format, font and spacing.
  2. Completeness – Completely and concisely represents your qualifications.
  3. Content – Specifies skills and experiences which validate your ability to do the job.
  4. Focus – Supports your objective and demonstrates knowledge of job requirements.
  5. Perspective – Represents you well and elicits an interview.
  6. Professional – Free of errors and all information is correct.
  7. Wording – Includes key words from job description and uses action verbs.
  8. Versions – Maintain both print and electronic versions.