How to Write a Résumé That Stands Out

When you’re looking for a new job, the last thing you want to do is make your resume look sloppy or unprofessional. But there is still time to start from scratch if all else fails! Here are some tips for creating a professional resume:

Be Honest.

Being honest about your skills, experience, and education is essential. Ensure the information you provide is accurate, complete, and updated.

If a potential employer finds out that you have misrepresented yourself in any way during the application process, they may disqualify you from consideration for employment with their company.

Be Accurate.

be accurate

Accuracy is essential, and it can take a lot of work to keep your information accurate when you’re writing a resume. To avoid mistakes:

  • Include contact information such as email address, phone number, and physical address.
  • Make sure your resume matches your name on your social media profile (if applicable). If there’s any discrepancy between those two names, be sure to mention that in your cover letter so that employers know what they’re getting into before hiring someone based on their LinkedIn profile only!
  • Include dates of employment—this includes job titles if needed—and salary information (if available). It’s also helpful if you have certifications or licenses that demonstrate skillsets related to what employers are looking for in candidates these days!

Be Specific, Not Vague.

When listing the skills and accomplishments on your resume, be sure to be specific. For example, instead of writing “responsible,” try something like “manages time efficiently.” This will give the reader an idea of what you do more tangibly than just saying that you’re responsible.

Also, when describing past jobs or projects, don’t just write down what happened—think about why it mattered and how it made a difference for others! For example: “The patient care coordinator helped organize staff members by assigning tasks based on skill level.”

Finally, remember that education is important too! Make sure that no matter what kind of training or experience (if any) you have had in college/university/high school/etc., it is mentioned in the description section so readers can see where exactly their education fits into all this stuff too!

Be Clear and Concise With Your Language.

Clear and Concise With Your Language

A resume is a sales tool. You’re not trying to tell your story; you’re trying to sell yourself. It makes sense that you use straightforward and clear language rather than flowery or confusing.

Here are some tips for writing resumes:

  • Avoid passive voice in your sentences; instead, use active voice as often as possible.
  • Use short sentences with simple words and short phrases (you can still be poetic if it suits you).
  • Don’t go overboard on the adjectives—they’re just there for effect!

Use Correct Grammar and Spelling.

  • Always use a spell checker, even if you think you know how to spell.
  • Be consistent with your grammar and spelling—don’t use one style in one paragraph, then another in another. 
  • Use spellcheck that allows you to check the spelling of any word or phrase on your computer screen. If misspelled words are in your resume, spellcheck can help catch those mistakes before they get sent out into the world!

Do Not Include Personal Information.

  • Do not include personal information. This includes your name and address and any other information that can be used to identify you or lead to discrimination.

Do Not Use Slang or Idioms.

Slang and idioms are words or phrases that have become popular in our society but are incorrect in English. They may have been used by a specific group of people or on a limited basis, but it’s essential to use good grammar and spelling when you’re writing. It will make your professional resume more professional-looking!

Do Not Include Photos or Graphics on Your Resume (Unless There Is A Specific Reason To).

While it is important to include personal information on your resume, it is also vital that you do not have photos or graphics. Personal photos can be a distraction and take focus away from what’s most important—your skills and experience. When deciding whether or not to include a photo, think about whether the information presented in the photo will be enough for potential employers to understand who you are as an employee.

If there is no other space available on your resume (and assuming no padding), consider using this space for some additional text explaining why you are qualified for the job opportunity at hand: “I have been working with animals my entire life; therefore I am well-versed in their needs.” Or perhaps this type of statement would work better elsewhere: “I began volunteering at an animal shelter when I was 16 years old because they were always so happy when they saw me come into their facility.”

Focus on Creating A Professional Resume!

When you’re writing your resume, it’s important to make sure that you’re using a professional font. You can get away with using Comic Sans or even Microsoft Word on a resume, but if you want to stand out from the crowd and look professional, use Arial or Times New Roman.

I recommend creating a layout for your resume that follows this pattern:

  • One section is dedicated to education
  • One section is dedicated to employment history
  • Four areas dedicated to skills (one per industry)
  • Three areas dedicated to awards/recognition/contributions (one per year)

This will give your potential employer an idea of where exactly in their company structure this job could fit into—and whether or not there are any jobs available!

Conclusion

Remember, a resume is only as good as the information that it contains. The most important thing is to be honest, accurate, and specific with your information. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a better chance of getting an interview!

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