Job Resume - How to write a good one by femiolutunde


									Job Resume - How to write a good one

Writing a resume is an art and a science. We need to know a successful formula of words,
sentences and phrases to convey our selling points. The following tips are shortcuts to write a
stellar resume for whatever sort of job you desire.

Be specific about what exactly you've done. Your former job responsibilities and achievements
are excellent selling points in your resume. Avoid being vague, unless you want your resume to
read like everyone else's. Think about your previous jobs: what exactly did you do and how
does that qualify you for a new position? For instance, don't write that you “assisted the senior
editor with a number of editorial duties.” Instead, write “contributed to editorial copy and content
editing, cover design and overall concept of several major projects.” Detailing your specific job
duties and accomplishments show the employer what you're capable of and what he or she can
expect from you as an employee.

It's tempting to outline your responsibilities to save some space and not appear overly
conceited, but remember -- you're here to sell to yourself. You have one shot to make an
impression. Chances are good that the employer will already know a bit about the duties of your
last job (especially if it's linked to this job), so they need to read about what you've
accomplished as opposed to what you did. Anyone could go through the motions of a nine-to-
five day, but what did you actually achieve? What were the results of your work? Don't be
modest with this; if a book you edited hit the best-seller list, then by all means, let the employer
know. Never withhold important information about your achievements.

The words you use in your resume are just as important as the results you've achieved or the
jobs you've held. Make sure you use lively, engaging words and always avoid the passive voice;
it reads in a boring, trite manner. Always write in active voice so you sound more formal and
direct. Stay concise -- are you using more words that necessary? Would a great action verb
effectively replace a whole sentence? Are there any obvious clichés, like “great customer
service skills”? Strive to say things in the most interesting manner possible, and make sure you
spell all words correctly. There's nothing worse than a typo on a resume, as it leaves the
impression that “if this person doesn't care enough to spellcheck their resume,” the employer
thinks, “then how in the world will they care enough to do this job well?”

Resume presentation is another crucial aspect to the resume-writing process. How your resume
looks will serve as the employer's first impression of you; if it looks bad, or amateurish, your
resume may not get a second glance. Make sure the visual formatting is correct (consult a
resume guide book for samples of formatting) and always leave lots of white space; this makes
it easier for an employer to skim through your resume and find the information they need. Use
an easily readable font, such as Arial or Times New Roman; print it on high-quality white stock
(no photocopies!); and send it in a white or manila envelope with a printed mailing label. And
always, always, always remember to include your contact information, even your email address;
it'll be hard to land that new position if the employer can't even get in touch with you.

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