How to Write a Resume

Leslie Chen, Staff Writer

Whether you’re looking for your first job or trying to make a career change, the process starts with a resume. This crucial document can either make or break your chances of landing a job or internship opportunity. Here are some tips on how to write an effective resume.


Use a resume builder.

If you are writing your first resume and have no idea where to start, resume builders are perfect for you! The process is done automatically, so you won’t have to invent an entirely new layout. Rather, you can make use of a professional template and customize it to your needs.


Set up contact information.

Before moving on, it’s important to include relevant contact information. The information you choose to include will largely depend on the format of your resume. You should add your mailing or home address, mobile phone number, and an appropriate email address. Make sure you format it in a way that makes it both accessible and clear for the employer to see.


Highlight relevant work experience.

This section is the core of your resume, where you are tasked in providing the skills you need for the job. List relevant work experience in chronological order, and make sure to elaborate on background information, such as dates. A general rule is that each experience should have three to five bullet points of your main duties and achievements.


Tailor your experience to the job.

One strategy to strengthen your resume is to create it with a specific job advertisement or company in mind. Finding certain key words and occupation-specific nouns and scattering them through your resume will catch the eye of your hiring manager.


Use a range of hard and soft skills.

Hiring employers are on the lookout for skilled individuals, so use a variety of hard and soft skills. Hard skills are concrete, quantifiable abilities (ex. public speaking), whereas soft skills are personality traits (ex. discipline). Find a good balance between the two and fit these skills into your resume introduction or work experience section.


Proofread and finish strong.

Proofreading and editing your resume before submitting it may save you from potentially embarrassing moments. Read it over several times yourself at different times of the day, or give it to a trusted person who can give it a run-through. If you feel confident about your resume, submit it and give yourself a pat on the back!


With a well-edited resume, your job prospects are in a good place. Stay optimistic, and your hard work will pay off!


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