Resume Writing

Many job-hunters have a hard time marketing themselves. The first step to landing a new opportunity is being able to sell yourself through your resume.

Format

Good formatting is crucial. Write your resume in Microsoft Word (not Notepad or PDF). Recruiters will scan it for key words to match the jobs they are trying to fill. Use a legible font, good spacing and always check your spelling and grammar. Spelling and grammar checking are not fool proof! Read your resume out loud to make sure every sentence makes sense and have a friend or proofreader review it. 

Introduction

It’s better to have a Summary instead of an Objective. Showcase your skills that are specific to the job you’re applying for.  A lot of recruiters take less than 10 seconds to review your resume. If it isn’t immediately obvious that you’re a fit, your resume will be overlooked. Tailor the summary section to each job you apply to.

Experience

Some people like to list everything in chronological order with responsibilities and accomplishments detailed. Others like to write paragraphs about their career progression and list the companies they worked for underneath. Both are okay, however we have seen more success with the chronological resume. It shows a clearer progression of increased responsibilities and overall growth. You really need to go back to 10 years of job history at most. Any further is likely not relevant to the skills required in today’s market. 

Education

Unless you just graduated, save this for after the Experience section. If you don’t have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree, you don’t really need to put your high school diploma on your resume. Omit it if you do have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree. Don’t include GPA: your major and minor will suffice.

Other tips

Leave off “References upon request”—it takes up valuable real estate.
Keep your resume to two pages max and make sure there isn’t one line breaking to the second page. 
Remember social media! Not only will people be checking out your resume, they’ll also check your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.  

Jonathan Darabos

Sundog Studios, 103 Miley Dr, Starkville, MS, 39759, United States