For most job-seekers, a good resume is what stands between a dream job and Choice D. Get your resume right, and you’ll be getting replies from every other company you apply to.
If your resume game is weak, though, you’ll end up sitting around for weeks, maybe even months, before you even get a single response.
So you’re probably wondering how you can write a resume which leads to HR managers inviting you to interviews daily.
Well, you’ve come to the right place!
In this guide, we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about how to make a resume:
How to Write a Resume - Step by step
- 1 - Pick the Right Resume Format & Layout
- 2 - Mention Your Personal Details & Contact Information
- 3 - Use a Resume Summary or Objective
- 4 - List Your Work Experience & Achievements
- 5 - Mention Your Top Soft & Hard Skills
- 6 - (Optional) Include Additional Resume Sections - Languages, Hobbies, etc.
- 7 - Tailor Your Information For the Job Ad
- 8 - Craft a Convincing Cover Letter
- 9 - Proofread Your Resume and Cover Letter
If you’re pursuing a career in a more traditional industry - legal, banking, finance, etc. - you might want to stick to the first. If you’re applying to a tech company, though, where imagination and innovation are valued, you can go for something more creative.
Resume Content - What to Mention on Your Resume
Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s dive into the essentials of how to write a resume.
The most popular sections for a resume are:
- 1 - Contact Information
- 2 - Professional Resume Summary or Objective
- 3 - Work Experience (and Achievements)
- 4 - Education
- 5 - Skills
- 6 - Optional Sections - Languages, Publications, Hobbies, etc.
The most critical section in your resume is the “contact information.” Even if you get everything else right, you’re not going to go far if the HR manager can’t get in touch with you because you misspelled your email.
Make sure to double-check, and even triple-check your contact information section and make sure everything is correct and up-to-date.
Contact Information to be Included in a Resume
- First Name / Last Name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Location - are you located in the area, or will the company have to sponsor relocation?
Title - Your professional title. It can be your position, word-for-word, or your desired job. Think “Digital Marketing Specialist” or “Junior Data Scientist.”
LinkedIn URL - If you have an up-to-date profile that can add value to your application, make sure to include the link.
Social Media - Do you have a published portfolio online? For developers, this would be your GitHub, for a designer Behance or Dribble and for a writer, it could be your personal blog.
Website / Blog - Do you have an online presence? Maybe a blog that positions you as an expert in your field? If you do, make sure to mention it!
What NOT to Include in the Contact Info Section
Date of Birth (unless specifically required in the job ad) - The HR manager doesn’t need to know how old you are. It’s not important for their decision-making, and at worst, it might lead to discrimination based on age.
Unprofessional Email Address - Do: email@example.com Don’t: firstname.lastname@example.org
Headshot - The HR manager doesn’t need to know what you look like in order to evaluate your application, so there’s no real need to include it.