Easy resume writing tips that will help you get hired

  • resumes
  • November 02, 2016
Having a resume that showcases your skills and accomplishments will increase your chances of landing the job you want. Your resume doesn’t need to be long, but should include enough basic information to let your potential employer why you’d be a good fit for the company.

Here are a few easy resume writing tips that will help you get hired. 
 

Basic Information

Start at the top of the page and type your name bolded, centered and in a larger font. After that, skip a line and proceed to include:

  • Your address
  • Your city, state and zip code
  • Home phone or cell phone number
  • Full email address

Resume writing tips for this section:

  • Keep your contact information on one line. You can separate your information with a vertical line or bullet. 
  • Choose a simple font, such as Arial or Times New Roman. A font that is too flashy might draw negative attention to your resume.



Summary

After you complete your basic information, skip a line and type SUMMARY in all capital letters, bolded and left-aligned on the page. In this section, you will be writing a very brief paragraph (it can be two or three phrases) describing your general work ethic and experience.
 
Resume writing tip for this section:
Include basic keywords about your industry. These are the words or phrases that a hiring manager will look for when scanning your resume. For instance, some general keywords for a manufacturing worker would include:

  • Assembly
  • Logistics
  • Production line

Here’s an example of a good summary for a manufacturing worker:

Dedicated assembly employee with logistics and production line experience. Proven ability to quickly learn new responsibilities and equipment. Hard worker who helps exceed company goals.

Job Skills and Certifications

Underneath your summary paragraph, type JOB SKILLS in all capital letters, bolded and left-aligned on the page. Here you’ll list your industry-relevant talents or certifications. This section allows you to showcase your skills even if you do not have a lot of prior experience. The best way to format this part of your resume is to use bullet points to list important skills (pick five or six) that you can offer to the organization.
 
Resume writing tip for this section:
Just like in your profile section, use keywords to make your resume stand out. If you are applying from a job posting, look at the position’s required skills and list the things you do well. 
 
Here are three job skills examples:

  • Assembly line operations
  • Quality control
  • Basic equipment repair
 

Experience

Below your job skills, type EXPERIENCE bolded in all capital letters on the left side of your page. This is where you’ll list the companies, titles and employment dates (month and year) of your previous positions. Then underneath each job, list three or four of your accomplishments in that role. This is another area you can format with bullet points.
 
Resume writing tips for this section:

  • If you’re currently employed, write the month and year you started, followed by a hyphen and the word PRESENT.
  • Use past tense for previous accomplishments and present tense for current roles and responsibilities.
  • When listing accomplishments, focus on specific numeric figures and goals you have met or exceeded. One example could be: “Increased packing volume by more than 50 boxes per hour.”
  • Don’t forget to include any apprenticeships you’ve held!



Education

Just like you’ve formatted your previous sections, type EDUCATION in capital letters, bolded and left-aligned on your page. In this area, you’ll list your current or completed educational experience. If you’re currently enrolled in school or training, list the name of the school or program along with the dates you enrolled and are expected to graduate. Otherwise, list your most recent education, completion date and degree or diploma received.
 
Resume writing tips for this section:

  • It’s alright to list your high school diploma or GED if you don’t have any higher education.
  • Don’t forget to add any technical or vocational training and any other coursework that may be relevant to your industry.
 

You’re almost done

Don’t forget to double check for spelling and grammatical errors. Use the spell checker feature on your computer and, if possible, ask a friend to read your resume. If you are confident your resume is ready to go, then start applying for jobs. Good luck!

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