Our approach to resume writing is quite simple: a resume is a personal advertisement for your services and it has to be a good one. It's your resume that gets you noticed by a recruiter or hiring manager. That means the upfront work involved with putting together a resume that will highlight your achievements and downplay your shortcomings is well worth the effort.
The first step in putting together a resume that gets results is to pick a resume format that matches up well with your career. There are basically three types of resume formats that you can choose from: combination, chronological and functional. The articles below explain the pros and cons of each resume type, and should be your first stop before you start writing:
Once you've decided on a resume format, the next step is to start building your resume. The last thing you want is a disorganized resume, or one that uses too many fonts or colors. You want one that looks professional, and allows the reader to quickly find the information they are looking for. This is where resume wizards and templates can help:
While we always emphasize the fact that your unique and individual career information on a resume is the most powerful information you can share with a hiring company, we do realize that samples and examples help.
This is an area we will continue to build over time, but a list of the examples we've already put together includes:
Once you've put together your resume, it helps to continually get new ideas and refine the document over time. We're not talking about redoing the document from scratch; we're talking about polishing a resume to make it shine.
This is an area where guides on resume writing tips and help can lend a hand:
Now that you have your resume together, it's time to get it out there and get it noticed. Our final bit of advice on resume writing has to do with the different types of resume writing and distribution services that you might want to consider:
Many times when you're writing to a company you'll need to include a cover letter. This is a completely different topic from resume writing, and it really deserves its own section. The approach you take in putting together a cover letter is sometimes more important than a resume; after all, it might be the first piece of paper they see.
Here is some information to help you get started on your cover letter:
Many companies now require job applicants to submit electronic resumes and cover letters. If you want to be asked on a job interview, then you need to be able to separate yourself from the rest of the competition. This series of articles provides you with the information to be successful in this electronic age.