How to write a straightforward resume

How to write a straightforward resume

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Last updated: 24th December, 2017
 

How to write a straightforward resume

We don’t want to waste your time from making these stacks so we made this article as straightforward as we can make it.

 

There are four different type of resumes you can write. Chronological, Functional, combination and targeted.
 

Chronological

 
Most common for employers can see your history.
List things in chronological order such as work and education.
Use this if you have a strong, solid work history. If you are starting, try a targeted resume.
 

Functional

 
Focuses on skills and experience first then employment history.
Use if you have gaps in your employment history or changing careers.
 

Combination

 
Both skill and employment in one to show your flexibility.
Use if you want to show detail work experience or show employer what type of person you are.
 

Targeted

 
You customise your resume to “fit” what a particular employer is looking for. It reflects the job requirements making it seem like you are the obvious choice.
Use if you don’t have a lot of employment history or a lot of skills.
If you’re writing a targeted resume, it should change for each job you apply for to make it look like you’re the best candidate for the job.
 

What else should i include?

 
Once you chose what type of resume best suits your skills, we move onto what to include. Whatever resume type you choose, they should all target the needs and requirements of the specific job. Therefore, we highly suggest you alter your resume for different job applications.

Resume’s that stick out to the rest obviously get paid more attention.
 

  • At the top of your page, you must include

    1. Your name
    2. Your address
    3. Your phone number
    4. Your email
    5. You can add a photo of yourself, employers are biased and some organisations hire attractive/ unique looking people. It’s discrimination but that’s the world we live in.
    6. Also, include a summary of what skills you have and what you can bring to the business. Example: “Experienced designer with over 2 years of experience working for a start-up company. I have proven my ability to find problems and come up with solutions to ensure customer satisfaction.”
    Next, depending on what type of job you are applying for or what type of resume layout you have chosen you to include all or most of the below.

 

Skills

 
How to write a resume
Here you outline what your skills are. These can include things like “quick to learn” or “very enthusiastic”. Of course for a professional job, things such as “well organised” can only go so far. So, in conjunction with software, outline what you can do that can benefit the company. Depending on what type of job you are applying for, this changes but include things such as “able to sew” if you’re applying for a dressmaking job or “Proficient in three languages” if you are applying as a translator. As you can see, saying “well organised” when you are applying to be a translator doesn’t really mean much to the employer. Instead, if you talked about studying in the country for a couple of years to gain more insight and proficiency, you will stand out.

We understand that not everyone has skills such as these and that’s okay. This just means you must prove to the employer that you have the ability to “manage customer long-term relationships” and back it up through evidence such as “know all of my previous clientele on a first name basis”. Get creative and a little humour never hurts.

Don’t include “hot dog eating champion”. It probably worked for one guy ten years ago and if you include it now, no one will believe you.

  • Software

    For most jobs, including what type of software you are skilled in is very useful.
    You should also mention next to the mentioned software how skilled you are at it. You can show this by writing beginner, skilled, experienced or even proficient in.

     

    Education

    This is pretty straight-forward. Include what high school you went to or last place of education. Include when you started and when you graduated. This shouldn’t be at the start of the page, unless the place your applying for filters applicant based on where they got educated, put this near the bottom.
     

    Experience

    Here, write what previous jobs you’ve had, what you’ve learnt from them and maybe include them as a reference so that your future employer can call and see what type of employee you are. If you had a bad relationship with your previous employer, it may be a bad idea to include them. Instead, create a reference section separate from your previous experiences.
    Also, depending on what type of job it is, they may also require you to present a portfolio of the work you have done. For example, a lot of design jobs such as architecture, interviews are based on face to face interviews and a presentation of the work they have done. Therefore, a traditional resume with just the above in writing is not enough. Visualise a key element in catching the employer’s attention and shows them what you are capable of.
     

    References

    Include names and contact information to your previous employers or someone who has a weighted opinion such as a teacher. If you had a bad relationship with your previous employer, it’s best you don’t add them. Also having your best mate or a family member as a reference will not help you, someone with authority is your best go to.

 

Don’t forget!

How to write a resume
Due to more businesses moving online, make sure to look at their website to see if they accept resume’s through their website.

Bottom line is employment is a very grey area. People get hired for lots of different reasons such as being connected, have a certain look or will benefit the business more than the average person. Sometimes employees don’t even read your resume and are biased based on who you are as a person. But don’t let this discourage you from making that paper! There isn’t a way to prove this so just hand out your resume to as many places as you can find and best of luck to you!
 

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