4 Tips For Writing A Great Resume

By Chris Travis on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Your resume is often the first thing potential employers use to learn about you. You wouldn't wear a shabby suit to an interview and, in the same way, you shouldn't send out a resume that isn't honed to greatness - you want to put your best foot forward. Here are some tips to help you write an awesome resume.

Just the facts

The first thing you can do to create a great resume is to only include relevant facts, according to Business Insider. For example, if you are applying for a job as a nurse, don't write about your awards in tennis. Only write about experiences that directly relate to the job you want.

Be specific

The second thing to remember when writing your resume is to be specific, according to Monster.com. An employer needs to know exactly what you did at a previous job to determine if you will fit the job opening. For example, instead of writing, "I worked as a waiter," write, "I served tables, took orders, cashed out the registers at night, filled shakers and wiped down tables during my time as a waiter."

Show, don't tell

Many people fill their resumes with words like creative, hard working, diligent and disciplined. While these are great words, most employers won't care that you've included them in your resume unless you give examples of how you displayed these qualities in the workforce. So, feel free to tell a few true, but short, stories about how you have applied these qualities in real life.

For example, instead of saying that you are creative, you could say, "I like to apply creative solutions to problems that arise in my position as security guard. Another example would be when I decided to implement a new parking strategy to increase the safety of those living at the XYZ apartment building. This strategy cost nothing and increased the safety of patrons by more than 60%."

Edit, edit, edit

Nothing turns off a potential employer more than typos. So, after you are done with your resume, make sure to run spelling and grammar checks using your word processor software or a site like Grammarly. Also, have as many friends as possible read over your resume to catch any awkward phrasing.

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