A Step by Step Guide to Making the Perfect Resume

A Step by Step Guide to Making the Perfect ResumeIf you’re currently looking for a job, you should know that your resume is one of the most valuable pieces of paper that will make or break your chances of getting hired. It’s usually a one-page or two-page document that contains essential information hiring managers need to know to decide whether or not you’re worth considering for the position.

 

And because it’s a bit challenging to fit all information - your work experiences, relevant skills and educational background - in just very few pages, you’d probably need a guide to help you create a perfect resume from scratch. The good news is you’re on the right page!

Here’s a step by step guide on making the resume that will help you land that job!

Start with the basics
What recruiters usually need to find at the top of a resume is a candidate’s basic information. By basic information means the details they need to get in touch with you - your name, contact details like phone number and email address. If you have a LinkedIn account, you may include that as well. And if it’s relevant to your job, you may also add your social media profiles.

Make sure that the information under this section is clear and accurate. You want to make sure that the hiring manager is able to reach you for the next steps of the screening process.

Include your work experience
The work experience section is usually the section that takes up a huge chunk of your resume especially when you’re switching careers or companies. The hiring manager would certainly want to learn more about your previous work experience - your previous company, your position, the roles you played, the responsibilities you were tasked with and all those stuff. All this information gives the recruiter a better sense of expertise and how you’d fit for the role you’re applying for.

When discussing your work experiences in your resume, you may divide it into two sections - relevant experiences and additional experiences. Otherwise, you can have them in one section but be sure to start with the most recent experiences at the top and older ones at the bottom.

Add details about your education
For most people, educational backgrounds are written somewhere near the bottom of the resume. But if you’re still in school or just completed your degree, putting it at the top would be acceptable. If you have taken special courses or training to boost your skills in your industry, be sure to include that as well.

Don’t forget to highlight your skills
Hiring managers want to make sure your skill set matches the skills the job requires. Be sure to highlight your skills in your resume, especially the ones that align with the position. List down the hard skills relevant to the job description. You may also incorporate your expertise or familiarity with the tools associated with the job.

Drafting a good resume doesn’t mean yours has to look like others’. As long as it contains all the necessary information and details that showcase how you’re the perfect candidate for the job by following this guide, you’re good to go!

 

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.