Writing a perfect resume is part and parcel of adult life. Every adult and most teenagers probably have had to have written one already.

 

It seems daunting, doesn’t it? You’re writing a document that may make the difference of whether you’re called back for an interview or not. So, there’s a lot of pressure when you’re making one.

 

The fact that you need to make sure quite a number of details are on it too make perfect resume writing all the more tasking. Worry not. This article will clear all your doubts and maybe even alleviate your perfect resume woes.

 

Writing or creating the perfect resume can be easily done with these following steps and tips.

1. Choose your resume format

What is your perfect resume meant for? A job, application, internship, student position or others? What you’re angling for determines the most suitable format.

 

Your format is basically the layout of relevant info on your resume. There are three general types. Which are the:

 

 

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  • Functional (Skill focused, great for those with employment holes and fresh applicants)

 

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2. Your resume header/ contact info

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You need a way to be contacted right? Your name, number (home and cell), email, and address. Your name should be in a slightly bigger font than the others. A well-connected applicant implies professionalism.

 

 

3. Your resume opening statement/ objective – your personal summary

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It’s the opener and the go-to line reviewers read first. On average a reviewer spends 6 seconds skimming through resumes. In 6 seconds, the average number of words read is 15-20. So, your statement has to make an impact to keep their attention.

 

It’s at the top of the resume so it gets the most view time too. It has to be interesting. Make it witty and attention-grabbing. This short statement is how you can paint yourself as the most attractive candidate for an interview.

 

It’s basically what your resume contains in short, who you are as a candidate, or what you want with your resume. Show that you have what it takes.

4. Your Work experience

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Its basically a concise list of your prior work experience and achievements while at it. It’s run of the mill in every resume. List your experience in chronological order. List your company, location, position, duties/ responsibilities, and date/ duration of employment.

 

Make sure you prepare references to back your employment claims. Do not lie. Reviewers do cross-check applicants. 

 

 

5. Your Educational history

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This bit is important as every reviewer wants to know the applicant is qualified for the job. Never ever lie about this. List down all education accurately and include achievements.

 

Place your highest degree first. And, if you have more than one degree, list it in chronological order after the highest. If you included uni level experience, don’t include your high school experience.

 

Also, include any projects done and honors or awards received while in school. If your GPA isn’t perfect, skip out on it in your resume. It will work against your favor. Only list your GPA if it is above 3.5.

 

 

6. Your Skills

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Include only relevant skills. Only the relevant will improve your prospects for the job. There are 2 types of skills you can include. Which, are soft and hard skills. Do list your skill proficiency alongside the skill.

 

Examples of great skills to include are like critical thinking, management, and programming. Interpersonal communication,  team building, and etc soft skills are good too. Cap your skill number at 5 to 6.

 

Your skills should be listed in a designated section. Have it in order of highest to lowest proficiency. It’s best to be general when it comes to your skills list.

7. Other important sections you may want to have

 

Hobbies and interests

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If your hobbies and interests are relevant to the job your applying for, include them. Showing interest in the work will curry favor among your reviewer.

 

 

Volunteer work

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It’s a great idea to include volunteer experience in your resume. So, if you’re in school now, try getting more into volunteering. Volunteer experience will boost employability. As, it reflects to an employer that you have a great sense of commitment.

 

Volunteer experience is a useful booster for first-time applicants with little to no work experience. Do include any achievements you managed while on your volunteer work too.

 

 

Awards and certification

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Awards, honors, certification, and accomplishments will boost your favorability as a candidate for your perfect resume reviewer. So, do include your best of the best. Only include those relevant to the job your angling for and your industry. Also, only include reputable and official ones.

 

 

Languages

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If you can speak more than one language proficiently, have a languages section. A languages section will boost employability as well. As, it gives your reviewer an impression of added usefulness. It indirectly implies you are adroit at learning new things.

 

List your languages, the regions related, and your proficiency level.

 

 

Projects/ Published work

If relevant, include examples of your prior work. For example, if you’re applying for a writing job, include papers, articles, and published work. If your the job is a for researching, include your published journals.

 

 

Cover letter

Most think this is redundant but it could work in your favor. It reinforces your resume and possibly makes you the exception.

 

A cover letter allows you to elaborate further what you kept concise on your resume. Make sure you keep the language simple in it to avoid sounding pompous.

8. Last measures

 

Proofreading and checking – Be thorough

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Your resume must have zero spelling, grammar and formatting errors. Small errors imply you lack attention to detail. So, resumes with errors get chucked right away. Use checking software like a resume checker, online spell check, and Grammarly. Also, have a friend help check your resume, and another friend to check yet again.

 

Check your references to see if their contact info is right. For references, use your manager or superior. And, notify them you’re using them as a reference. Be sure to check your own contact info too so if you get considered, they can call you.

 

 

Saving and file format

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You’ve worked on it for so long, you’d hate to accidentally not save it.

 

Save it as a Word document or rich text file. Scanners cant read a PDF so try not to save it as PDF. Save the file as “name-position applied for-doc name”.

 

Do make sure your resume is compatible with other versions of the software. You want to ensure its accessibility to any reviewer via email.

 

 

Readability and legibility

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This is the most important thing to check for. You don’t want to upset your reviewer while they read your resume. Make sure your resume is in a readable font. Cambria, Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman, or Helvetica are good options. However, according to Yahoo Helvetica is the best at getting a response.

 

Make sure your resume writing is well spaced and has bolded text where needed. Avoid underlines in your resume. Underlines will make your resume seem messy.

 

 

Consistency is key

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This is also integral. Make sure your margins, tenses, and phrasing are consistent throughout the resume. Be sure to only use active voice in your resume too.

 

Margins should be 1 inch on each side. Use 1.5 to 4 point spacing. Align all your text to the left except to the center for the header only. Keep your font size uniform except in your name/ contact info part.

 

 

The right words hit the spot

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Use the right keyword to grab attention and possibly land a job interview. Try to use some keywords from the job offer posting in your resume.

 

Word your resume interestingly. Try to make your resume sound more professional with more sophisticated synonyms. For example, instead of listing prior work experience as a ‘Secretary’, try wording it as ‘Executive Assistant to Vice President’.

 

Be specific with words too. Instead of ‘manager’, specify it as ‘executive sales manager’ or whichever suitable.

 

 

So, all the best in your job hunting endeavors or simply resume updating ritual. Hopefully, the aforementioned steps and tips are of much use to you.