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Proven Tips on Writing a Resume

Updated on July 5, 2012

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An effective resume is an individual's greatest tool when applying for a job. After all, this is where all of one's credentials are presented in the most organized and attractive manner. With a solid resume on hand, the chances of grabbing a coveted job are higher. Hence, one should take time to ensure that one's resume does not only spark a bit of interest from the employees but make them crave for the real thing.

Here are some things one should take note of when creating a resume.

1. Understand the real reason why a resume is created – There is no way for someone to get to his destination if he does not know where that is. The same thing applies for resume writing. One should know the main purpose of a resume, which is really to get the chance to be interviewed by the employee. It is not aimed at getting the job right then and there, so it should not talk about everything detail by detail, which usually ends up boring and makes the applicant look desperate. It should be interesting and intriguing enough for the employee to actually call and invite one for the interview.

2. Create a captivating title – Like most reading materials and documents, judgments are made right from the very first few seconds the reader glances at the whole write-up. Since one's title is the very first thing the employers get a chance to see, it should be able to grab their attention and make them want for more about the applicant. It does not have to be so long though. A phrase that summarizes everything yet leaving something for the employer to discover is the perfect title for one's resume.

3. Go for bullets – Reading resumes can be quite taxing. For an employer or any representative of a company who is hiring for more than a single position, it can be truly tiring to go through numerous applications. What makes the whole ordeal worse is dealing with long paragraphs and texts in each and every document. To save on the employers' time and not wear them out, one can present information in bullet points especially the ones that can be enumerated such as the professional experiences and trainings as well as the skills one possess and are relevant to the position applied for.

4. Maintain a sense of professionalism – Even though one is not present upon the employers' review of the resume, it is important to create good impressions. One way of doing so is to make sure that the resume presents the professional individual that one intends to show off.

5. Proofread everything before sending it – Mistakes are forgivable. What is unacceptable is one's lack of effort to correct any errors done. There are a lot of tools for checking on one's resume to ensure that every word is spelled right, the format is pleasing enough and the overall look of the whole writeup does not make it too hard to go through.

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      TomRy 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the comments.

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      beaddve1800 5 years ago from Toronto

      An employer only read a piece of resume by 6 seconds on average. In his or her perspective, there are 100 resumes that he or she has to go over for every position. So, resume indeed like an essay. If you want to impress the potential employer, the beginning are the most important part of the whole resume!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I personally hate reading resumes that are like novels. I just need the quick overview and any clarifications i can do during the interview. Another turn off is poor writing. You're already taking about yourself, why not sell yourself properly? I just hope these tips get to be followed by the applicant. The resume says a lot about the person.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great Hub and a helpful one too keep it up!!!

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      TomRy 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you palsoo2 and Jean for the comments I will be writing some more job related Hubs soon.

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      pals002 5 years ago

      Truly thanks Tomry for these useful tips on resume writing. Employers are busy people and have no time to look through each resume in details. A resume which is concise and to the point yet able to capture the attention will stand out and grant you that opportunity for interview.

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello Tomry,

      I sometimes write resumes for people, and am often surprised that they sound nothing like the person. I realize it's business oriented, but if the person is a problem solver, or a good planner, they need to describe the best aspects of their personalities so they show through. Most employers want one page so they don't have to spend too much time on the resume, so the facts must be concise. If it's a job where you need a portfolio of your work, then the person should take their cue from the interviewer to see if they want them to "walk" them through the portfolio, or just want to look through it themselves. Good advice in hard economic times.