4 Resume Writing Tips to Help Your Job Search

April 7th, 2017

Creating a strong resume is a necessary step in securing a job. You want to say enough about your skills and experience without going overboard. However, you may be unsure about what information to include and what to leave out. Follow these tips for writing a resume to help in your job search.

Stay Organized

Organize your resume in either a chronological or functional format. A chronological resume shows your reverse work history, including the name of the company, the dates you were employed and what your job duties included. Because this format is simple and straightforward, a hiring manager can quickly determine whether you have a stable work history and how many years of experience you have that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. However, if your work history is unstable, you lack experience in the field you’re applying for or you want to showcase your specialized skills, you should use a functional format. A functional resume highlights valuable skills you may have gained from course work, volunteer work or employment in another field that make you the best candidate for a position. Simply list previous positions held, company names and employment dates on the bottom of your resume.

Include Relevant Information

Include only information relevant to the role you’re applying for. Begin with a clear objective showing exactly which job you seek. For each post, highlight the skills you possess that the employer needs, along with your accomplishments for previous employers. For example, you may be a master machinist who managed the shop when a former employer was away. Ensure you mention previous work history; awards and promotions; experience training or supervising co-workers; equipment or software used; relevant courses taken; and degrees, vocational certificates, or industry credentials you’ve earned that set you apart from the competition. Ensure you use clear and concise language, keep your resume to one page and leave space in the margins for the hiring manager to take notes.

List Specific Skills  

List the technical skills and soft skills you possess that are relevant to the position. For example, you may highlight machinery you’ve operated, tools you’ve used or electronics you’ve repaired. Also, you may point out how adept you are with managing your time, making decisions or resolving conflicts. Hiring managers want to see how bringing you aboard may benefit their company in a variety of ways.

Show Results  

Point out specific results you achieved for former employers. For example, you may have had perfect attendance over a set period, set a safety record for a previous employer or show up for work on time every day. These are all skills employers value.

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