Before you start writing your resume, take time to read my Top 5 Resume Tips. They offer a refreshing point of view that will make your resume the best it can be.
Feel free to print out these tips, tape them to your computer, or put them where you'll see them as you write your resume. Trust me, they hold the answers to all your resume questions. And they'll make more and more sense as you move from one resume section to the next.
Top 5 Resume Tips
- Your resume is about your future; not your past.
- It is not a confessional. In other words, you don't have to "tell all." Stick to what's relevant and marketable.
- Don't write a list of job descriptions. Write achievements!
- Promote only skills you enjoy using. Never write about things you don't want to repeat.
- Be honest. You can be creative, but don't lie.
Getting Resume Help
Most job seekers have the same problem when they write their resumes: They feel overwhelmed trying to present themselves in such a concise form. If that's the case for you, you might want to work with a partner — a friend, a fellow job hunter, a job coach, or a professional resume writer — someone who can ask you good questions and give objective feedback.
Set aside at least three hours to write your resume. (That's how long it takes most people if all goes smoothly.)
Now that you've got my Top 5 Resume Tips in hand, you're good to go. When you're ready, click Next>> (below) to go to the next step in this resume workshop. Soon you'll have a great resume!