Resume writing is simpler than you think.
In fact, keeping a resume simple is essential. Ever heard of the KISS method (Keep It Simple, Stupid)? That principle is of the utmost importance when authoring a resume. What is tougher than keeping a resume dead simple?
Answer: starting the resume. As usual, I am here to help solve the problem.
Where to Begin?
Below is how I started my resume. I am not saying this is exactly the right way to begin your resume, but it is a good starting point. In this example, I have set my name in a heading 1 format, which I highly recommend.
You want your identity to be front-and-center at all times, as your resume is your first impression on a potential employer. Starting with a nice, simple bio is important as well. Consider your current set of skills as well as skills you would like to develop. Use a bit of “job application jargon” (e.g. team-based work environment, passion, etc.), and you have a stellar start to your resume.
Where does your experience lie?
Here is the real meat of a resume: your experience.
In this bit, you will be elaborating on your work experience in the past and present. Ideally, your experience should provide employers with an idea of where your skills lie. In my opinion, you should try to stay away from retail and food positions when adding experience to your resume (unless that is the only experience you possess, or you are applying for a food or retail position).
Be sure to provide as many details about the position as possible to ensure your experience looks legit. Addresses to the businesses in question and your responsibilities at said businesses are crucial pieces of information.
The unfortunate reality is many employers will not consider applications without any educational background from the applicant. Adding high school details and college degree information is key to success in the job world, and these should both go after your work experience on your resume.
Give a skills assessment
You may possess a set of skills acquired outside of past work experience. As such, you should provide a column of this information in your resume. Here, you should provide skills you would attribute to yourself as well as any outside accomplishments with non-profits or volunteer organizations.
Wrapping it all up
At this point, you should possess all of the elements listed above – but you are not done yet! Keep the following tips in mind before submitting that beautiful resume.
- Be sure to keep everything to a page. You do not want an employer to have to read a book to consider hiring you – that is just unprofessional.
- Be confident, but not cocky. Your verbiage in a resume should instill confidence in your employer that you are a hard worker, but do not use wording insinuating you are overconfident in yourself. Pride is not appealing to many employers.
- Provide contact information and references. Add an extra box of information at the top of your resume detailing your contact information and address. In addition, you can provide links to outside sources. For instance, I have provided links to my Vimeo page and WordPress site in my resume.
- Be stylish, but not flashy. Again, you want to keep things simple. Personally, I prefer to stick to Canva and Google Doc templates for my resumes. You can also look to Google for examples of resume design. In essence, you want to provide employers with a well-designed, easy-to-read resume.
- Possess Backup Resumes. Different job situations may require unique work experience. Keeping several resume templates can be especially helpful when applying to different outlets. For instance, if I were to apply to a video production company, I would want my editing skills to be front-and-center. If I applied to a company in need of social media management, I would swap out my video editing skills for social media details.