The goals of resumes and CV’s are very similar: Inspire a hiring manager or committee to invite you to an interview.
In many respects, the resume is an advertisement about how your qualifications match what is required for specific job and employer.
Here are some quality resources to get you started on a new resume or upgrade an existing one:
- Resume Writing 101
- How to Create a Resume (Ignore examples)
- Tailor Your Resume to the Job
- How to Write a Filter-Friendly Resume
- 44 Resume Writing Tips
- How to Fix 20 Common Resume Mistakes
Formatting & Styles
A couple of preliminary precautions/suggestions:
- Do not use preformatted templates. Ultimately this will limit more than aid resume writers and their editors as well.
- Do not include resume sections/categories in more than one column. A resume is easier to read when all information (save perhaps the header) is justified left and continues across the width of the page to the right hand margin.
- Some additional best practices are included in respective sections of this webpage.
- Resume Format Guide with Tips and Examples
This webpage elaborates on standard resume categories/headers, but it is important to be aware of additional resume category/header options as well as when and why you would want to use them.
Professional Profile or Resume Profile (vs. Objective)
The “Objective” has been passé, but it is extremely strategic to include a professional/resume profile close to the top of your resume.
Instead of including a ‘Skills’ section, consider integrating information about your skills in your professional/resume profile or other resume sections, if possible.
- Skills Section Overview
- Top 10 Skills for Resumes
- 10 Traits to Include
- List Languages
- List Languages
- Microsoft Office Skills
- Social Media Skills
- Top Computer Coding Skills
- How to List Education on a Resume
- Education Section Tips
- Listing Professional Coursework
- How to List Certifications on a Resume
Experience & Accomplishment Statements
- Listing Professional Experience
- Listing Jobs
- Volunteer Work & Other Experience
- Accomplishment Statements to Demonstrate Value
- Bullet Points & Accomplishment Statement Examples
- Action Word Lists for Accomplishment & Task Statements
- 139 Action Verbs
References – Do NOT include them on a resume!
- Writing a Resume with No Experience
- Resumes for Internships
- 5 Steps for Updating Your Resume in a Career Change
- How to Write a Federal Resume
- Video Resumes