Resume Writing Made Simple: Here’s How

A Winning Resume Compels the Reader to Interview You.

Resume Writing: Are you sending out your resume and not getting interviews? These tips will help you write a resume that attracts interviewers.

Resume Writing Made Simple: Here’s How

The fact is that most people don’t read your resume.  If they look at your resume at all, they spend 5 or 6, maybe 10 seconds to scan your resume before deleting it.

By writing a simple, effective resume, you will not only increase how many people read it; you will have a useful tool.  You can use the dates from your resume to complete job applications.  If you keep your resume simple, you can easily revise your resume to fit different jobs.

Accomplishments versus Experience

Experience Counts but Accomplishments Count More.

Here are three examples of how to word a resume loaded with accomplishments:

Increased sales 10% by setting a deadline for the purchases.

Reduced costs 15% by requiring competitive bids from suppliers.

Built customer base 25% through increased cold calls.

Remember to emphasize achievements and not just tasks or the name of the positions you held.

Simple, powerful format that holds the reader’s attention

Keep your resume simple.  Follow the most popular format.  Here is the format most people use.

Your contact Information first: Name, phone number, email

List your most recent jobs next.  Include the dates of these jobs.  In addition to accomplishments, include skills that match the job requirements the employer listed in the job specifications.  Use bullets to list your accomplishments.

Close your resume with your education.  Include any academic accomplishments or recognition.

Killer Cover Letter

[Name of Person]:

The purpose of this email is to submit my resume for [name of position].

I have a car and live locally to your position. I am available for employment immediately.

May I provide you with additional information on my experience?

Thank you for reviewing my resume,

[Your Name]
[Your Phone Number]
[Your email address]

Cut out the deadwood.

Hobbies, references, compensation, long paragraph, details on jobs with well-known functions, details on jobs that date back in time are examples of deadwood.

Other examples include an objective or a summary at the top of your resume.