Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Resume

Writing your resume may seem difficult at first. But once you understand the basic principles, you can produce a dynamic resume in no time. Don't be in a rush, as doing a resume is not as simple as writing an exhaustive work history. A resume should appear like a well-written marketing brochure highlighting the best you have to offer an employer.

Step 1

Have a focus. General resumes are a thing of the past. Employers want workplace professionals who are specialists in their line of work. Before you even sit down to write your resume, decide on your main focus. If you're convinced there are different directions you might go in your career, consider building different resumes targeting each.

Step 2

Select the right keywords. Just about every resume today goes into an applicant tracking system. If you write your resume using general terms, you will never appear in the search results. By being descriptive about your work duties you will ensure that important keywords get picked up by employers when they do a search in their database.

Step 3

List your positions and duties. Write out in a chronological format your work experience starting with your current or most recent job. Use a bullet format to describe your daily duties. Employers like to scan resumes, and if you use long paragraphs they may miss important information in your resume. Start each statement with a strong verb, such as "empowered," "initiated" or "executed."

Step 4

Sell your accomplishments. Employers want to know why they should hire you. Writing about your accomplishments will demonstrate to the hiring manager how you can be successful in the job you're applying for. If you have a difficult time writing about your own accomplishments, use the P-A-R principle (Problem-Action-Result). State the problem you encountered, and then describe the action you took to alleviate the problem. Conclude the statement by describing the final result.

Step 5

Never lie or stretch the truth. Sometimes out of desperation job applicants aren't entirely truthful about their depth of work experience in a particular area. This may get you an interview, but eventually everything will come to light through the hiring process. It is better if you remain truthful about your qualifications and work experience.

Step 6

If you have included any irrelevant information that does not contribute to the resume's overall focus, remove it. In most cases, the more concise the resume, the better.

Step 7

One you have finished your resume, proofread it carefully several times to see if there are spelling errors, typos or other mistakes. Also, get a friend to read it over as well, as a new set of eyes might spot things you missed.