An impressive resume is a key tool required for job hunting. This post explores five fundamental steps that you should consider when writing your resume.

These 5 steps are:

  • Decide on a format and font
  • Craft a compelling summary statement
  • Highlight work achievements
  • List qualifications
  • State other relevant information

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

 Decide on a format and font

There are four main types of resume formats which one can use when writing a resume. These are:

  • Chronological resume
  • Functional resume
  • Combination resume
  • Targeted resume

A chronological resume is the most suitable style for an individual with extensive employment experience. This format starts with presenting your work history first. Qualifications and other relevant experiences are then summarised.

On the other hand, a functional resume places more focus on one’s skills and experiences rather than work history. Therefore, this format emphasises relevant skills and educational background.

This information is presented first when writing the resume. Work history is presented thereafter. This format is suitable for recent graduates or individuals with little or no work experience.

A combination resume merges the functional and chronological styles and places equal emphasis on skills, experience, education and work history.

A targeted resume is customised according to the job vacancy where work history, experience and education are tailored to the respective role.

The font selected when writing a resume should be easy to read. Ideally the size of the font should be about 10 to 12.  Fonts such as Calibri, Times New Roman and Arial are suitable options to consider for your resume.

Craft a compelling summary statement

This statement should tell the reader at a snapshot who you are and your professional areas of excellence. For example, if you are an accountant your summary statement could be:

Finance professional with five (5) years post qualification experience across auditing, banking and energy sectors.

 Highlight work achievements

Work achievements should be presented under each job position held. Bullet points could be used to list key accomplishments of each role. Each achievement should be quantifiable to give the reader a clear idea of the accomplishment.

As an example, if you were a regional sales executive when preparing your resume you could highlight your achievement in sales with a statement like:

Increased regional sales by 5% year on year over three years

List qualifications

Educational qualifications should be listed from the highest type of qualifications. For example, if you have a master degree then this should be presented before your bachelor degree qualification.

State other relevant information

Other relevant qualifications could include a short course or training programme that you may have completed.

These may or may not be related to your main degree. Trainings that could be useful but not hiring deal-breakers include first aid training or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  These are worth mentioning.

A business may view it as a nice bonus to have an employee skilled in these areas. You could also include associations that you participate in such as the Local Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

There are several other articles on this blog which you may find valuable as you search for a job. Feel free to click any of the links below to explore:-

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How To Stay Positive During Job Search

How To Prepare For Job Search If You’re Relocating

How To Resign From Your Job

10 Top Personality Traits To Put On Your Resume

How To Write A Resume When You Have No Job Experience

How To Write A Cover Letter

6 Groups Of Persons Who You Can Use As A Job Reference

How To Prepare For A Job Search

How To Prepare For A Job Fair

Final Thoughts

Hope the tips above assist you with writing your resume. Best wishes in locating your dream job.

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