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How To Write A Resume

Evan Lefkowitz

How To Write a Resume

Whether you are graduating college or are well into your professional career, learning how to write a stellar resume can make all the difference between landing a great job and unemployment. In short, a resume is a summary of your professional history. It tells a brief yet informative story of how your experience and credentials make you the perfect candidate for the job. Everyone seems to be a resume expert by always putting in their two cents and recommending how you should slightly tweak or even overhaul your resume. I am going to tell you that most of those people whispering in your ear are wrong. Lucky for you, however, I have written a three step resume guide that is guaranteed to land you the job. Now, let’s get started.

First things first, make a strong opening objective statement. According to the Harvard Business Review, “The first 15 to 20 words of your resume are critically important “Because that’s how long you usually have a hiring manager’s attention” (Gallo, 2014). This lone introductory sentence should be titled ‘objective’, not ‘summary’, and be specifically tailored towards the particular job you are applying for. Many people saturate their objectives with flowery business vernacular that they feel will impress those reading it. I hate to break it to you, but I guarantee the person reading your objective statement has seen the exact same sentence you wrote over and over again in every which way possible. Don’t beat around the bush. Make a confident and clear-cut assertion of who you are and what job position you are applying for.

Secondly, be selective with the work experience you choose to put down. An employer at a hospital does not need to know that you worked at Victoria’s Secret for three months at 18. Pick the jobs that best define your professional growth and achievements. These jobs should showcase how the lessons and knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years will benefit a given company if they choose to hire you. In addition, list the jobs in order from most recent starting at the top to past jobs in descending order down the page. This will serve as a valuable lens for employers as they will analyze your work history, professional growth, and most recent source of employment.

Thirdly, make your resume clear, concise, and colorful. On average, an employer scans a resume for six seconds. This means that you resume must be organized, easily readable, and distinctive. In this subsection, I make three recommendations. Firstly, use the same font throughout. You can change the boldness, size, and italics throughout, but employers do not want to see a different font for every job or reference. I suggest using either Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri as they have stood the test of time in a multitude of business writings. Secondly, throw on a small splash of color. In my opinion, make the header, contact information, and theme titles a complimenting color to your black font such as blue or green. Lastly, make your resume clear and to the point. Properly separate all sections and do not try to fit more information in than is necessary. Simply let your brief achievements and responsibilities do the talking for you.

In summary, make a strong introductory statement, choose your listed work experience wisely, and be clear, concise, and colorful. You now have the three basic tools on how to write a stellar resume and get the job.