Having a good resume is a powerful tool to getting a good job. The fact that everyone knows about resumes can be a bit overwhelming, because if you ask 100 people how to create resumes you’ll get 100 different answers. On this page we’ve listed some of the best concepts on how to create your resume. Keep in mind at Remedy of Atlanta we look at many resumes every day, but even with our day-in and day-out expertise of resumes we think that no one knows you better than YOU!
With that in mind here are some concepts to help you create a phenomenal resume.
Utilize Resume Templates
Notice I said “utilize” and not “copy.” There are resume template websites all over the internet – too many to count. I would start your resume creation process here first and find a bunch of resumes that you like. Find templates that you like from a content standpoint and also templates that you like from a layout perspective.
“If you ask 100 people for opinions on how to create a resume you’ll get 100 different answers”
Start Piecing Together Your Resume
Start putting together your resume in a word processing program like Microsoft Word. Resumes should be 1-2 pages. Hopefully when you get done with assembling all the relevant information, you have 3-4 pages. Great! Now you can start to slowly whittle-down the areas that are long or weak. Eventually after grinding away for a while you’ll have the cream rise to the top, and you’ll have a tight powerful resume.
Create A Good Layout For Your Resume
Now that your resume is assembled in an orderly manner start focusing on creating a great “look and feel.” Revisit the templates that you liked from a layout standpoint and figure out how to mimic their layout and styles. Experts agree that the smallest font size that you want to use is 11pt. Your resume will most likely have bullets, but make sure to use them for emphasis and not all over the place.
“Find templates that you like from a content standpoint and also templates that you like from a layout perspective”
Move Strengths Upward
People tend to read in chunks. Whoever will read your resume likely won’t read every word of your resume. For instance, they’ll look at your most recent job experience, read a couple of lines and then move on to the next job listing.
With this in mind, read the different areas of your resume and isolate your biggest strengths. Then after you’ve isolated these strengths start moving them upward within each area. By using this maneuver of putting important things first in each area of your resume you will not only be able to convey your qualifications for the “skimmers”, but also you’ll find that readers will have a inclination to read your entire resume.
Find Ways To Back-Up These Strengths
Don’t just list a bunch of hyped-up qualities – you’ll sound like you’re just bragging. Instead, list real-world examples and specific job experiences to showcase your talents.
Put Away Your Resume And Then Re-Read It Tomorrow
When people write an article, paper, or resume they are deep into it and grinding away. When you are reading and grinding, your mind fills in errors and makes your work appears to be good. Smart authors have a process of “shelving” their work and re-addressing it at a later time.
If you try-out this process you may find yourself having several “what was I thinking?” moments during your re-read. Problems with flow and consistency will become glaringly obvious. Better and more powerful words will pop into your mind. You’ll also be able to see how to create resume flow “enhancements.”
Proofread It Several Times
Misspellings, typos, and bad grammar are easy to solve so there’s no excuse for having them. Proofread your work several times to eliminate any of these errors.
Now Get Input From Others
Have several people read/proofread your resume. If you have a friend that is in HR or deals with resumes on a daily basis make sure that they’re on your list!!
Use A Laser Printer Not An Inkjet
If you are going to print out a paper version of your resume try to get your hands on a laser printer. Even inexpensive laser printers excel at printing crisp and clean typefaces.
Another maneuver you may want to do is to go to an office supply store and get some light resume paper (tan, ivory, very light gray, etc..) to use with your laser printer. Using light resume paper will give your resume a professional look and feel.
Email PDF’s Not Word
Don’t email your resume in a MS Word format; instead print it out electronically by creating a PDF. Not only will it look better, but it also will make you look like you know what you are doing, and it will separate you from the other job seekers. If you don’t have software that can create PDF’s there are several free PDF programs that you can download and install on your computer including the software PrimoPDF.
Create Targeted Resumes For Specific Job Openings
This is a sneaky maneuver – that you should be using! Spend some time tweaking your resume to target each job opening. You don’t want to mention the name of the company in the resume (not that specific), but pretty much everything else. The result you want is the hiring manager to be reading what appears to be your standard/generic resume, but at the end he/she says “this person sounds perfect for our company.”
Make sure to tout the job skills you have. This includes software/technology skills (employers love these), certifications that you’ve attained, and any licenses that you have received.
Keep Beating The “Value” Drum
If you are responding to a specific job advertisement, you can read the job description and get a visualization of what the employer is wanting. Make sure that the resume you send has qualifications and experiences that matches (or exceeds) what they are targeting. With this in mind, if you can convey that you can bring value and profitability to the company, by using examples in your job history of where you’ve helped increase the company’s profits, your resume will be way ahead of all the others.
Don’t Bash Any Previous Employers
Make sure to have only glowing comments about any previous employers. Even if things didn’t work out well for you, or if an individual at a previous company was particularly undesirable. Keep true to this rule during the interview too – and the entire job seeking process for that matter.
Utilizing most of the steps we’ve covered will allow you to create a great resume. Once again a word of caution about resumes – when you have others give you input on resumes everyone has opinion. So if you listen too closely to opinions you might end up changing and unchanging your resume so much it’ll be like a dog chasing its tail.