Tips for Writing Your Resume

Writing your resume is a huge undertaking, when you are in the middle of a job search, it is imperative you do it right. There are plenty of how to’s, do’s, and don’ts to follow out there, but here are a couple of our favorite points for you to use on your resume and help complete your job search. .

  • Your name and contact info should always be at the very top, above everything else in a bigger font.
    • This resume is about you! So people should know who you are and the best methods to contact you.
  • Short and Sweet.
    • Your resume is a highlight reel of your professional life and what makes you a good fit for the job, so it's best to keep fluff to a minimum.
  • Organize your categories by priority.
    • Sometimes your certifications are more important than your schooling and vice versa, so always organize based on your strengths.
  • Don't explain yourself in your resume.
    • Explaining yourself is for the interview, not the resume. State your qualifications, schooling, positions, merits, and job duties, the interviewer will ask you for the details.
  • Include your goal as the first category.
    • What is your goal with the company? This will make your resume clear to the interviewer as to why you are applying and where you plan to go.
  • One Page
    • Keep your resume to one, single, dedicated page. A few exceptions apply.
  • Cover Letter & References.
    • These should always have their own dedicated pages. Starting from with the cover letter, leading to the main resume, ending with your references.
  • Update, Update, Update.
    • Always update your resume. This is a living document that reflects your professional life as you develop and grow your skills.
  • Finally, Be Confident.
    • Puff up your chest, crack your knuckles, and don’t let anything bring you down. Your resume is a peek into your life and as you continue to job search you should be confident in everything that you do.

Those are a few of our favorite tips here at Personnel Plus, if you have any questions about resumes or us don't hesitate to ask!