At first it may seem overwhelming to be expected to put all your achievements and professional history onto one piece of paper. But this guide will empower you with the right strategy for getting the most out of your resume submission: what’s the right structure, choice of words, and style. Read the entire guide or skip to sections using the Table of Contents bar on the right.
First, a summary of the info covered in this guide:
- Resume communicates your ability to succeed at specific jobs: Lots of people think a resume is supposed to prove your worth to the world. No-not exactly. It’s supposed to prove your worth to each specific employer. With that in mind, your resume should be tailored to achieve the best results for each type or even each company you are applying to. You must ask yourself: does this resume highlight my skills/experiences that are most relevant to this employer? Take out parts that aren’t relevant and focus on the ones that are.
Quick Resume Tip
Professionals don't use e-mail addresses like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org on their resumes. Addresses with domains of schools or businesses sound professional, as do names that include your real name or initials. Use professional email addresses for your resume.
- Resume structure depends on stage in career: focus on your education if you’ve just graduated, your experiences if you are switching companies in same industry, your skills if changing careers all together. See examples in our structure and samples sections.
- Resume Presentation: Must make sure that resume looks clean from a few feet away. Have a classy top part with a bar under your name. Try to balance white-space with content. Use bullet points to make navigation through resume quick and easy.
- Resume Word-Choice: Word choice in resumes is really important. Make sure you use active voice (“Earned promotion to Marketing Director” instead of “was promoted to marketing director”) and pick strong action verbs (“Implemented supply-chain technology” instead of “worked on supply-chain technology transfer”). See page on Writing Style <<link>>to get a list of suggestions.
- Proofread Your Resume：one little mistake and your dinged from the process. See our page on tips for proofreading your resume
So let's get started. First you will need to choose what type of resume your want to use.