Seven Key Steps to Writing a Resume
Gaining focus and creating a strong, content-rich resume is easy when you follow these seven simple steps:
Review as many resume samples as you can. Look over old version of your own resume, and ask friends, family members and trusted associates if they’d mind letting you take a look at theirs. You can also find a wide range of resume samples on the internet.
Identify your job objectives and your target audience. This doesn’t mean you need to include a “Career Objective” on your resume. It does mean that you need an understanding of the field you plan to pursue. Be sure you know the proper terminology the job functions that will make you valuable, and how to present yourself as a viable candidate.
Perform an inventory of your qualifications and achievements. Knowing yourself and being confident in your abilities is key to creating a powerful resume.
Analyze your competencies and capabilities as they relate to your job goals and your chosen field. This is another aspect of the “know yourself” mantra. How do you see yourself contributing to this field? Remember your unique value proposition, and identify what makes you the most desirable candidate for the job you seek.
Draft your resume, and evaluate it. Compare your draft to the samples you have analyzed and admired. How does it compare in terms of format, content and order of information you’ve presented? Fix those elements you see can be stronger. Proofread it carefully, and after you’re sure it’s perfect, ask a friend to look it over.
Distribute your resume whenever appropriate. Try sending it by e-mail to several friends. See if any of them have trouble opening up the document or if your payout or fonts become altered.
Taking the time to carefully review your resume and to attain input from others is a great way to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward. Your efforts now will pay off in the long run.