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10 Steps to Mastering Resume Writing

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Looking for tips on how to write the perfect resume? Whether you’re planning to use a professional resume-writing service or give it a go on your own, it’s important to take some time to prepare your resume. It is only as good as the information you provide. Make sure you’re well prepared with these 10 steps to crafting a powerful resume that will effectively tell your story and market your qualifications:



Make sure your resume will be on top of the list with these 10 steps to crafting a powerful resume that will effectively market your qualifications:


1. Contact information

While this section may seem obvious, there are a few factors to consider. For instance, how will you display your name? Are you planning to use a nickname, or will you use your full name for the job search? Whichever you choose, make sure you consistently represent your name on all your personal branding materials such as your business cards, LinkedIn profile, and online portfolio or blog.

Select one email address and one phone number to include on your resume. I recommend setting up an email address that’s dedicated to your job-search activities and using your cell phone number on your resume, as this gives you the ability to control the voicemail message, who answers the phone, and when.

2. Online presence.

A Jobvite social recruiting survey found that 93 percent of recruiters will search for your online profiles before they decide to interview you. Save them some time by including the URL to your LinkedIn profile.

In addition, the perfect resume should include any links that are relevant to your work, such as a personal website, portfolio, or blog.

3. Sample job descriptions

When you're writing your resume, make sure to include job descriptions that you’re interested in and qualified to perform.

Search online and gather a few job postings that represent the type of position you’re targeting. It doesn’t matter if the location is ideal; for this purpose, you should only be concerned with the job description and its requirements. Inspire yourself from the description you found into your resume and then highlight any requirements or desirable skills from the posting you possess.

4. Technical skills and proficiencies

What technical platforms and tools are you proficient? List all that apply to your work. Be specific and as comprehensive as possible. This list can include anything from social media platforms to project management systems and computer languages. If you’ve worked with proprietary platforms, list those as well.

5. Your professional experience.

Start with your most recent job and work your way backward. The perfect resume should detail out all your professional positions within the past 10 years. If you recently graduated from college, include your internships and any work experience that took place since you entered college.

For each role, list the following information:

  • Company Name and URL
  • Job Title
  • Dates
  • Job Description
  • Achievements

6. Volunteer work

Have you been actively volunteering with a non-profit organization? Skills-based volunteering (SBV) is a great way to fill an employment gap or supplement your work history when you’re trying to change careers.  Do list any volunteer work you’ve done that’s relevant to your current job goals. If you’re new to the workforce, include any campus activities or clubs in which you were active.

7. Professional affiliations

List any relevant professional organizations or affiliations you’re a member of. For each group, please list its name and URL and what positions you hold/held. If you took an active role in the organization, describe your responsibilities and any notable achievements.

8. Language skills

Language skills can be a great selling point on your resume. If you’re multilingual, be sure to list each language you speak and your proficiency level.

9. Education and professional development

Create a record of all your education, beginning with your most recent degree.

Should figure on the list:

  • The institution name,
  • Its location,
  • Your degree’s title (Associate, Bachelor, Master, etc.),
  • Your major and minor (Marketing/ Digital Marketing, etc.),
  • Your graduation year,
  • Any honors associated with the degree, such as summa or magna cum laude.

Do the same for any relevant certifications you’ve obtained or additional training opportunities or workshops you’ve attended.

10. Third-party feedback

Have you received positive customer testimonials or a great performance review? Include this information in your preparation materials. You may be able to work some of this information into your resume to demonstrate your hard and soft skills in the workplace.

While this may feel like a lot of work, by taking the time to examine your career now, you'll see the benefits on your future resume. You’re just one step away to put on “mastering Resume Writing” in your skills!

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