This series is comprised of several resume writing lessons.
The way I’m going to show you how to write your resume will work no matter what country you are in.
My resume writing course is one of the best you’ll ever find. Why, because it really works!
We’re going to start at the top of your resume and work our way down to the bottom.
Here’s a breakdown of my resume writing series:
Part I – 7 Killer Resume Writing Lessons designed to jump-start your resume project no matter how bad you are at writing”
You’ll learn how to write your resume like a professional, heck, you should be able to do even a better job with the tips I’m going to show you. I’ll walk you through each of the five sections that make up a chronological resume and if everything goes according to plan, you’ll have a perfect resume when you’re done that will attract employers to you like a magnet!
Part II – Advanced Resume Writing Techniques Class – this is for the big boys who are up against real tough competition with tons of experience, accomplishments, multiple jobs, and just about anything else you can think of — I cover it all here.
This series will get down to the nitty gritty elements of a complex resume and you’ll learn:
- How to Write a Functional resume
- Use Power Words
- Create Power Statements
- Optimize your resume for Career Builder
- Get things off your resume that should not be there
- Avoid being over qualified
- Avoid common mistakes
- Get rid of certain words that weaken your resume
- Submit salary requests
- Write a cover letter
- Answer job interview questions
- …and much much more
If you’re anything like I was when I first began searching for a job, I made a lot of mistakes which nearly kept me from ever getting hired.
You’ve probably already been on a few interviews, but have not been given a job offer. Don’t be too hard on yourself if companies have been showing little interest in you. It’s a very competitive job market out there and employers have to go through hundreds of applicants before they can even find a small handful of people to interview. Usually companies get 350 – 1000+ resumes for each job posting. Then they widdle that number down to less than 10 candidates they would like to interview. Of the 10 candidates, they will usually choose three for second and third interviews. So basically, you have a 1 in 500 chance of getting hired, and that’s why having a perfect resume will increase your chances by getting you more invitations to interview.
Those are not the best odds – but don’t worry. After you see how to do it, your resume will be sharper than most everyone else.
Your Resume is a Marketing Tool
It is your own personal advertisement to the business world that meticulously describes your skills and demonstrates your value to potential employers. It details places you have worked, what you’ve been working on, your accomplishments, what you’re good at doing, your education, and the kind of job you are seeking. A good resume will tell anyone who reads it, what type of job you are seeking, your skills, experience, education and accomplishments as they relate to your target job.
The first part of your resume that recruiters see is your headline, and all too often job seekers either spend too much time embellishing theirs, or just don’t put any thought into it all. And the net result is a losing headline and reduces your chances of getting an interview.
Lesson 1 – How to Write Your Resume Heading
Put the following personal contact information at the very top of your resume. This will be the start of be your resume heading.
- Your name in a large 14 – 18 point font.
- Your address is a 10 – 12 point font.
- Your best contact phone number
- Your email address
For best viewing, when writing your heading, use an easy to read font like Arial. Times roman does not show up as well on a computer screen, so I like to stick with Arial.
The heading section of your resume includes your name, address and best contact information (not all of your contact information). Employers expect to find this information at the very top of your resume. It is best to put this information in the middle or upper-right corner of the page so it will be easily noticed.
1200 University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio 44191
There are two basic methods for writing your name, you can either use your full name including your middle initial, or how you prefer to be addressed. There is no one right way to show your name on your resume.
Example 1: Johnathan A. Hopkins
Example 2: John Hopkins
Many people like to put a home phone number and a cell phone number on their resume. To me, this is a waste of valuable space, plus it adds more clutter to your resume. When I read resumes, I like to see the only one phone number.
Throughout the rest of this chapter, I’ll give you detailed advice on how to write your name and contact information.
Resume Heading Samples
805 Golden Ct. ● Deerfield, IL 30978 ● 901-801-4965 ● firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Bridge, MCSE
2354 Brook Drive ● Bath, Ohio 44141 ● (440) 689-234 ● email@example.com
How to Write Your Address
Write your home address as seen in the previous heading examples. There are not too many tricks you can do with an address, unless you want to create the illusion you live somewhere else.
Say for example, you live in New York, but are looking for jobs in Chicago, you could get a P.O. Box in Chicago and put that address on your resume, thus creating the illusion you live in Chicago. This way, a Chicago employer is more likely to contact you because they believe you are local and less likely to pass-up your resume because of a New York address.
How to Write Your Phone Number
This is the most common way a prospective employer will contact you for an interview.
Again, and quite simply, just put down one or two, at the most, of your best contact numbers. I recommend using only one, your personal cell phone that has a professional voice mail message. If you don’t have a cell phone, then put down your home phone number and make sure you have an answering machine with a professional message and avoid using family messages during your job hunt.
I do not recommend putting down your work phone number at your current employer. Doing so, signals to an employer that you are willing use company provided equipment and services for personal use. Even if my company was laying me off and told me it was okay to search for a job on company time, I would still avoid putting down my work phone on my resume because any prospective employer will not be aware of my current employers good will.
Remember, just put down your best contact phone number that has voice mail. If you don’t have or can’t afford a cell phone, you may consider getting one while you are searching for a job with plans to discontinue the cell phone service after you get hired.
How to Write Your Email Address
Having an email address is almost as important as having a phone number. Same as with the phone number, avoid using your company provided email account. You can get a free email account almost anywhere. Yahoo, Hot Mail, and Google all offer free email accounts.
I have only two rules for email accounts:
- Avoid email accounts with more than four numbers in the address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. You see, email SPAM filters are commonly set to block email accounts with more than four numbers because those accounts have a higher probability of being SPAM accounts may not get delivered.
- Avoid accounts with sexual names such as, FoxyRoxy@Gmail.com, or SuperStud@aol.com, and avoid unprofessional names like, ILuvGoldenRetrievers@yahoo.com. If you have an account like this, keep it for personal use and sign up for another free email account that is more professional to use during your job search.
If your name is Tom Jones, you may have trouble getting the account Tjones@Yahoo.com, but toss in an initial and a number or two and you should be able to create a unique email address: TAJones22@Yahoo.com.
Resist the urge to add graphics to your heading. Adding graphic embellishments to your heading section will do little to nothing to help your candidacy. When I read resumes, I like to see a simple heading that includes the persons name, address and contact information. That’s it. Adding graphic embellishments to your heading section do little to nothing to ensure your resume gets read. Actually, putting your name in an 18-20 point font will attract enough attention to your resume than adding cute graphics.
You have a limited amount of real-estate on your resume, so everything on your resume should have a specific purpose. If you have something on your resume and you’re not sure why it’s there, then considering removing it, because if it’s not adding value, its wasting space.
- Put only your best contact phone number in your heading.
- Use easy to read fonts like Arial or Times Roman with 10 -12 point size.
- If you have impressive credentials, consider placing them next to your name.
- If you have a non-gender specific name like Robin or Pat, you may confuse an employer to your gender. Use this tactic to your advantage.
- Resist the urge to create a fancy and overly elaborate heading.
Get started with writing your resume part 2