Building a resume can be a challenging task because you have to fit a large amount of information in a page, and make sure that it organized and presented in a professional manner. This means information like your work experience, your background in education, strengths and more need to be displayed in such a way that you make it to the interview stage. You also have to ensure that the information you are including is relevant to the company and position you are applying for. Here are some tips that will act as a resume builder, so you can manage to create an impressive resume.
- Compiling the information
Firstly, you need to list down all the information that you will be using to write your resume. This will make your job much easier as you will have all the information you need on hand, and all you will have to do is write and edit your resume in an appropriate format.
- Writing the resume
Once you have all the information at hand, you need to start listing it according to a format. There are many templates online that are impressive and will stand out amongst the other resumes. At this point you don’t have to worry about the formatting or the font size and type. You just need to focus that you are correctly writing down the information that you have narrowed down. Usually people follow the following order:
- Qualifications summary
- Skills and personal interests
- Choosing a layout
There are three main types of resume formats that you can choose from.
- Chronological: In this format, you will be presenting your most recent work history and so on. This is the most common format that is used by people.
- Functional: If you don’t have enough work history, you might want to focus on this format as this will highlight your skills and experience.
- Combination: This will use the best of both formats, meaning that it will highlight your skills and work history in chronological fashion.
- Formatting your resume
When deciding on a font for the resume, keep in mind that the simpler the format the better it will be. You should a font like Arial, Calibri or Times new roman. Another thing to keep in mind that when you decide on the font, make sure that you consistently use it through out the resume. The size of the font is also very important, because you cannot have the same size of text for the whole resume for instance you need to choose a bigger size for the headings, etc.
- Proof reading the resume
After finalizing the resume, it is imperative that you read it at least three to four times to identify even the smallest mistakes such as missing a comma. You should also get another perspective on your resume, for instance like a friend or family member as they will also point out things that will help you improve your resume.