How to Write a Resume That Will Get You an Interview

Resume writing

There is a lot of advice out there about how to write an effective resume that will get you an interview.  Since everyone’s career path and everyone’s resume needs are different we like to share a variety of advice.  If you are writing your own resume, it is important to take the time to understand what’s involved with writing a resume and what you need to do to make yourself standout in the crowd. This article highlights the basics then goes beyond to give you some key advice.

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How to write a resume that will get you an interview

Do you need to review how to write a resume? While it’s only a page or two in length, a resume is one of the most important parts of a job application. Your resume is your most powerful tool in telling the story of your professional history to potential employers.

A well-written resume that highlights your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get selected for an interview. Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise, and clear and easy to read.

How to Write a Resume

Choose a resume type. There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, a combination, or a targeted resume. A chronological resume (in reverse chronological order) is the simplest format to use, but there may be circumstances where you want to focus on your key accomplishments and skills rather than your employment history. Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for your situation is well worth the effort.

Choose the right font and size. It’s important to choose a font and font size that is legible and leaves enough white space on the page. You also want to keep style features (such as italics, underlining, bold, and the use of bullets) to a minimum; reserve the use of boldface for section headings and for quantifiable achievements that you would like to have “pop” on the page (Example: “Secured and fulfilled $1.5M contract”).

When you use a particular style, use it consistently.

Review resume examples. Read through samples that fit a variety of employment situations. These sample resumes will provide you with examples of resume formats that will work for almost every type of job seeker. They also help you see what kind of information to include.

However, whenever you use a resume example, be sure to customize your resume so it reflects your skills and abilities, and the jobs you are applying for.

Use a resume template. Along with resume examples, you can use a resume template as a starting point for creating your own resume. Add your information to the resume template, then tweak and edit it to personalize your resume so that it highlights your own unique skills and abilities.

Use resume keywords. Most companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. In order to get found, your resume needs to contain keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in. Spend some time matching your qualifications to the job to ensure you’re including the appropriate keywords and skills. In addition to helping your resume get selected, it will also help the hiring manager see how your skills and experiences make you an ideal candidate for the specific job.

Jazz up your job descriptions. Review the descriptions you’ve written for each job. Are they going to show the hiring manager why you’re a good match? Do they sound impressive? Take a couple of minutes to tweak them a little so they look super impressive.

Get resume advice. Writing a resume is hard work, and it’s often a good idea to get help before you send it to employers. You can find resume writing advice and resume writing tips here. You can also meet with a college career counselor if you are a college student or alumnus.

You might use a professional resume service instead, or check with your state’s Department of Labor website for information on any free job services they offer. There are many great, free resume resources, so do some research before paying money for someone’s advice.

Proof your resume. Be sure to thoroughly edit your resume before sending it. Check for grammar and spelling errors, as well as any style inconsistencies. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter.

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Ingredients of a Great Resume

Ingredients of a Great Resume

Ingredients of a Great Resume

Your resume is more than just the jobs you’ve done and positions you’ve held over the years.  It is a personalized marketing tool designed to capture the attention of readers to give them a quick rundown of your skills, abilities, and accomplishments.  It is what changes their mind from throwing your resume into the recycle bin to them picking up the phone to call you in for an interview.  So, what are the ingredients that make a resume great?  While we could write a book on the subject (and may do so in the future!) here are some key points to consider.

 

Formatting

We’ve seen so many resumes come through that we can say without a doubt that most people don’t have a clue as to how to optimize the impact and readability using proper formatting.  The resume needs to be a balanced, neat looking document with the proper usage of bolding, bullet points, titles to separate different features (work experience, education, etc.) while integrating short tables or columns to highlight some quick personal attributes.  The position you are looking for along with your work experience will also influence what type of resume format you should be using.

For example, and entry-level recent graduate may put more emphasis on core curriculum, extra-curricular activities, internships, and personal attributes, placing these topics higher on the resume while putting work experience lower as it is likely limited, part-time, or un-related to the position they are applying for.  An experienced doctor, however, will likely use a curriculum vitae or CV to showcase their particular career and accomplishments while having less of an emphasis on education.

We suggest that if you are going to write, edit, and format your own resume that you take the time to look at several examples that are coming soon to our website or the numerous templates that are available on our online (or in books) to see what type of format is best suited for your particular situation and also what your job seeking competitors may be doing with their resumes!

We alternately suggest that you speak with a Certified Professional Resume Writer as they will be a great resource, can answer questions and can update your resume if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of researching and writing your own resume.

The Numbers

Pay attention to the numbers!  In a sea of words that is a resume it can be incredibly helpful to integrate some numbers as they will stand out and can quickly help guide the reader to key accomplishments.  Here are some common positions and types of information you should keep track of:

Sales Example

Keep a working spreadsheet with quantifiable data, achievements, met sales goals, new accounts, size of largest account, % of growth. For example

  • Successfully increased gross revenue by 35% resulting in $105,000+ annual growth.
  • Met or exceeded 11+ sales goals and was awarded as #1 Salesmen of the Year.
  • Closed the largest account in 15-year company history with annual revenue of $37,000.

Management Example

If you are a manager, assistant manager, shift lead, team lead etc. keep track of how many people you manage, goals met that can be quantified in a % or $ amount, amount of product or inventory you manage.

  • Oversaw all functions of staff development for team of 35+ employees; reduced turnover rate from 15% to 7% annually.
  • Efficiently managed $1.5M of inventory with a net loss of .5%, a company low.
  • Exceeded store sales goal of $750,000 by 5%, a company first.

 

Keep it Short

Based on the all resumes we’ve been asked to update we can confidently say that your resume is too long!  We spend a lot of time culling dull information and needless detail from resumes until we have a concise piece of work that is as short as possible.  People are amazed that we can take their 3-4 page resumes and trim it down to 1, maybe 2 pages.  It is our finding that if your resume is too long people won’t read it, if it goes into too many un-relatable details people won’t read it.  Keep your resume as short as possible, don’t use long sentences or lengthy descriptions.  If you are writing your resume try to craft it so that anyone one the street could read it quickly and so that most everything you’ve done would make sense to them.  Obviously, there are some professions that would necessitate industry related terminology that may only make sense to a hiring manager within that industry but in general you want to keep your resume short and concise.

 

Details

While it may be the case in some instances where your resume is merely a formality and your foot is already well inside door, we take the time with our resumes and suggest that you do the same with paying mind to every detail imaginable.  This goes for formatting, spacing, overall visual balance, spelling, grammar, punctuation, margins, etc.  If you are claiming to be a detail-oriented person on your resume and your resume doesn’t back that up because you’ve been inconsistent with your use of punctuation, you may be really letting yourself down and it may be a reason you are not getting the phone calls for interviews you were hoping for.  Read your resume, leave, come back later and read it again.  Have a friend or family member read and critique it.  Then, read it again!  Extensive proofreading will be a huge help and should set you apart from others who don’t take the same time and care.

 

Summary

While it should be easy for anyone to put together a resume that explains their work history, there is a lot more to it.  Books, workshops, online tutorials, and professional resume writers have all been borne out of the need to have a great resume to land that new job.  This is all the truer today as there seems to be a great deal more competition out there for jobs and that there are many more people hiring a professional for resume writing services.  If you are going to write your own resume we hope that you take our experience and suggestions to heart and to not be afraid to contact us at Power Writers USA if you need any help.

Expert Advice: 13 Most Common Resume Mistakes

Resume advice

We were interviewed for a fantastically amazing website called Thumbtack.com. If you haven’t visited them before, go. They connect real people with real professionals. Quickly, safely, and best of all, you get free quotes for jobs like “resume writing” “tree trimming” “local dj’s” “party planning” “event photographers” and just about anything you can think of.

https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/resume-tips/” target=”_blank”>Below is the interview. Enjoy!
Ready for a career change this year? Then it’s time to dust off that resume. We spoke to Tiffany Cruz, a resume writer and editor at Power Writers USA, to find out the most common mistakes most people make on their resumes. Read on to see which ones you’re guilty of and why hiring someone to help you with yours might be a good idea.

1. Forgetting the Resume’s Purpose

“The resume is a tool used to help you get an interview,” Cruz says. “It should be a high level overview of your accomplishments and what you’ve been doing professionally. You’re using it to capture the hiring manager’s attention, so you want to keep that person’s point of view in mind.” She advises you leave out things that may be too specific or detailed. “Once you’re in the interview, then you can go into the day-to-day aspects of your responsibilities.”

2. Not Making Your Name Stand out

Cruz says it’s crucial to make sure your name really jumps off the page. “I advise my clients to make their name bold and large—between a 22 and 28 font size, so that the person reviewing the resume remembers it.”

3. Including an Objective

“Objectives aren’t very common anymore,” Cruz says. “I see them once in a while, but I don’t think they’re useful in terms of getting you an interview.”

4. Spelling and Grammar Errors

“Make sure to dot the i’s and cross the t’s,” Cruz advises. “If you’re writing your own resume, get a second set of eyes on it.” Not only will that person be able to provide recommendations about improvements you may want to make, there’s also a good chance she’ll spot any typos you missed.

5. Using a Crazy Font

“You want the hiring manager to see your resume the way you set it up regardless of how they open the file,” Cruz says. “So it’s important to use a universal font, like Times New Roman or Arial. Yes, those fonts are a little more straightforward and boring, but a universal font gives the resume a refined and professional look.

6. Forgetting the Basics

Put your name, physical address, email address, and phone number at the top of your resume. “You’d be surprised how many people forget to put a phone number on there,” she says. “And then they wonder why no one’s calling to set up interviews.”

7. Leaving Out Some of Your Education

Sure, you remember to put your formal education on your resume, but Cruz says you want to be sure to include any type of education that’s relevant to the job. “If you’ve taken additional training courses that might potentially relate to the job, that should go on there.”

8. Using a Passive Voice

Use action verbs to relay your accomplishments and achievements. Instead of writing “I am responsible for x, y, and z,” choose verbs like managed, coordinated, assisted, and performed.” Cruz says, “You may only have a couple of seconds to catch the hiring manager’s attention when they’re skimming through that stack of resumes. It’s really important to use words that will make them take notice.”

9. Not Paying Attention to Formatting

“Formatting is really important,” Cruz says. “Is it symmetrical? Is it nice to look at? Make sure you’re putting the same information for each job in the same place. Then, when it’s finished, print it out and look at it from a few feet of way. When you’re in a stack of 50 other resumes, you want yours to be eye catching.” In fact, she says, consider bolding certain words or phrases to make them stand out.

10. Omitting Basic Information

Cruz says, “Make sure you’re including the company name, city and state, and dates you worked on your resume.” Leaving that stuff out just gives the hiring manager more work to do and no one wants more work.

11. Including Your Hobbies

A resume’s purpose is to show a potential employer your skills and abilities. Or as Cruz says, “No one is going to bring you into an interview because you’re awesome.” That means unless your hobby is directly related to the field in which you’re applying, leave it off your resume. Same rules apply for volunteer work, which Cruz says is better off being mentioned in the interview if it seems applicable.

12. Keeping It to Just One Page

“If you have an amazing career, don’t stop at one page,” Cruz says. “A two page resume is fine.” That being said, you don’t want to go back any further than 15 or 20 years. “If you have over 30 years of experience in the industry, put that in a summary towards the top,” Cruz suggests.

13. Leaving Out Quantifiable Numbers

“People love to see numbers,” Cruz says, so look for ways to quantify your accomplishments. Whether it’s sales numbers, that you’re managing a staff of five, or showing that you’ve met your annual goals, numbers are a great way to break up the monotony of reading text.

If you’re actively looking for a new job, a qualified resume writer and editor can help you create a resume and cover letter that will reflect who you are and your accomplishments, look professional, and most of all: help you land the interview. And she can do it in a fraction of the time it would take you.

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