Putting together your resume just got a lot easier..
If you already have a resume, especially if you wrote it, you won’t need this 1 2 3 guide. If you are resume challenged, or if you have better things to do with your life than sitting around writing and formatting resumes, on the other hand, you might find it useful.
Writing resumes is really pretty easy. You may think it isn’t, because you mistakenly equate it with high school essays or journalism. Beginning to write one can be torturous for some people, perhaps because it’s somewhat like writing your life. It shouldn’t be. Resumes are simple. They all follow a pretty straight forward structure, which not only makes them easy to write, but also makes them easy to read. You not only don’t have to write entire sentences and articulate paragraphs, you shouldn’t. Resumes are closer to shopping lists than term papers. Creativity is not part of resume writing.
You are going to write a resume in three easy steps. It will be professional and attractive. Of course there’s a lot more you can do. Read the other pages of this site on Resume Philosophy, and follow the blogs on tips and tricks and things to avoid, not only for resumes but interviews, job decisions and more. This quick guide should provide you with a very presentable and effective resume.
For the first step gather your information. Just jot it down on a scrap pad. You will need to have:
- The Places where you worked.
- The dates
- Your position/title or positions/titles. (Tip: If you began in a lower position and were promoted, show that. It speaks well for you)
- Your responsibilities
- Education dates, etc
Next download one of the templates below by opening and saving it to your computer. The templates are in Microsoft Word 2000. If you do not have this program, you can get a free Office Live account, which will allow you to create, edit, save and store documents on the web.
Save the template with your name (JoeFrankChefResume.doc for instance) Replace the typed information with your own and save it to disk. Be sure to remove the information on the templates when you are finished. (You don’t want to send out a document with “Your Address Here”. Don’t try to be too sophisticated or eloquent. Just put down the facts. Try to limit the information you share to what is really important about your job, your skills and your career. Don’t write paragraphs, just list what you need to tell. The first paragraph or so of each resume gives you a good example.
Your final step is to let it sit at least overnight and proof read it for accuracy. It’s a bad idea to write anything and send it off immediately. You will nearly always see errors and have better ideas if you sleep before you read it again. Proof read it again in the morning, and just for good measure let someone else read through it again. We have collected a few proof reading tips, in case you are one of those people (like us) who don’t see their own writing errors.
If you want to go beyond this simple resume guide and change any of the templates or give new style to your resume, you can also check out our tips on resume formatting.
Watch this site for new templates and resume suggestions in the blog.