Introduction: How to Write a Resume
Here are quick, easy instructions on how to write a resume, and an answer to one of life's burning questions.
I'd like to thank everyone who commented below with suggestions that I've added. Along with jeffreyf for pming me his suggestions.
Step 1: What You'll Need
To write a resume, you're going to need MS Word, or any other writing software..but don't use wordpad, or notepad...they suck. You want it to have variable fonts, and things like that.
Depending on what your resume is for, you'll want some of these sections:
Honors and Awards
DOB (If you feel it's needed)*
Once you know which sections apply to your resume, you can continue.
*Your ability to get some jobs may depend on your age, so for a job like that, include it. If you don't think that your age is important, you can leave it out.
Step 2: Header
It's good to have a nice, but simple header. One of my favorites is like shown. Your name is on the left, with a font like Baskerville Old Face, and larger than the rest, with a horizontal rule underneath. And then having contact information to the right. I wasn't sure how to make a horizontal rule in Word 07, so I just used the line draw tool. Make sure you don't have a border on the text box that contains contact information. Also, remember not to use any wacky fonts. Use simple, easy to read fonts.
Step 3: Add Some Sections
I'll be writing mine as if I were applying for a photography job, in the future.
If you're just coming out of school, you will want to put your Education first, then Experience. Later on, you can switch the two around.
This is the one time when you're supposed to show off. Don't be cocky, but take advantage of it. List all the awards you've received. If you were employee of the month three months is a row, tell them!
ALWAYS spell check, and NEVER misspell the name of the company/school/anything else you are applying for. Bad grammar or spelling makes you look bad.
I like to use a different font for my section title, the the one I use for the text. I am using Baskerville Old Face, and Calibri. Many places will tell you that you should use only one font, some will say to you can use two. In my opinion, as long as they look similar, and compliment each other it's the same as using bold type on your resume. Keep in mind that in my resume, I am applying for a visual arts job, so a more visually appealing resume may help. While if you are applying for a job as an executive of some large corporation..they probably want it to be more down to business; you would do better with a single font.
The rule for numbers is as follows:
Zero to nine should be spelled out. 10 or above can be written in numerical form. Any mix of the two can also be written in numerical form.
See the picture for examples of how to write out education and experience.
When you are talking about experience, be specific. For example:
"The New York Times" - Summer of 2019-Summer of 2023
Photojournalist - I accompanied writers on the field, taking pictures to be published the next day. On over 100 occasions, my photographs were features on the front page of the newspaper. I worked on tight deadlines and handled a large amount of work.
Step 4: SPELL CHECK
This is extremely important. Don't just use a spell checker, read it for clarity. Not only might a spell check say "to" is alright when you need it to be "too," but you may have something in there that just might not make sense. You should take a break before proof reading, and also, read the last line first, then the second to last line, etc. This way, you are less likely to skim over a word that is spelled incorrectly. Review your simple spelling rules, if you aren't sure. Things such as:
Their or They're
To, Too, or Two
make a big difference.
Step 5: Print and Send It!
Once you know everything is just right, print it out. Look it over, does everything look nicely the way it is laid out? If so, make more copies, and send out your new resume!
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