Top 10 Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Advice and Suggestions

Need help creating or updating your resume? It certainly can be complicated because your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers.

Review these top resume tips for choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes.

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Choose a Basic Font

When writing a resume it’s important to use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for applicant management systems.

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Copyright istockphoto.com / AndreyPopov

Include All Your Contact Information

It’s important to include all your contact information on your resume so employers can easily get in touch with you. Include your full name, street address, city, state, and zip, home phone number, cell phone number, and email address.

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Copyright Alison Doyle

Add a Profile or Objective

If you include an objective on your resume, it’s important to tailor it to match the job you are applying for. The more specific you are, the better chance you have of being considered for the job you are interested in, or consider using a resume profile, with or without aheadline, instead. More »

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Copyright Mark Poprocki

Include Resume Keywords

Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions. That way, you will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions – and of you being selected for an interview. Also include keywords in your cover letter.

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Prioritize Your Resume Content

It’s important to prioritize the content of your resume so that your most important and relevant experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position.

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Copyright: Heidi Kristensen

Write a Custom Resume

It definitely takes more time to write a custom resume, but, it’s worth the effort, especially when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience.

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Copyright Pali Rao

Tweak for Technology

In this competitive job-seeking environment, job seekers need to make sure that their resume stands out from the pack, is selected by talent management systems, and shows, in a professional, no-nonsense way, that the applicant has taken the time and interest to pursue a specific job opening.

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Copyright James Tutor

Choose the Right Resume Format

There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional,combination, or a targeted resume. Take the time to customize your resume – it’s well worth the effort.

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Use a Resume Template

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 it highlights your skills and abilities.

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Copyright Alison Doyle

Email Your Resume

When you’re sending an email resume, it’s important to follow the employer’s instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The employer may want your resume attached to the email message and sent in specific format, typically as a Word dcocument or a PDF.

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Send Your Resume as an Attachment

When you apply for jobs via email, you may need to send your resume and cover letter as an attachment. It’s important to send your cover letter and resume attachments correctly, to include all the information you need so your email message is read, and to let the receiver know how they can contact you to schedule an interview.  Here’s how to send your resume and an attachment.

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Copyright Jim Jurica

Review Resume Examples

Before you start work on writing or updating your resume, review resume examples that fit a variety of employment situations. Then select a style and format that best highlights your strengths and achievements.

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Amanda Rohde

More Resume Tips

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