Do you want to know how to create a resume? When applying for a job, the first thing that a company will usually ask for is a professional resume! This one simple piece of paper totally defines your aptitude for kicking butt at your job, so it’s utterly importantly you create it well.
Young professionals definitely should be continually updating their resume and looking to stand out from the recruiters that are seeing piles of applications every day.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A RESUME CREATED…
If you want to skip the gab of this post and just download a quick resume template (that got me 4 job offers in 3 months), go kick some butt. Bu-bye!
IN THIS POST…
We’ll talk about how to create the perfect resume, STEP BY STEP. You might see a ton of posts on the internet with blanket resume makers – I would not do one of these. It’s better to have you customize your resume so you can speak to it.
Ok, let’s get started creating the most boss babe, perfect resume.
5 STEPS TO CREATING THE PERFECT RESUME
Pick an easy tool to create your resume with
You’ll hear me say time and time again, one of those most important things you can do is make your resume ascetically pleasing.
Think about it this way: if someone is going to hire you for their company, they don’t want to hire someone knowing they can’t line up their one most important piece of paper!
If you are good with Microsoft Word (or Google docs) you can EASILY make your resume there. In fact, mine is created that way, just make sure you pull out your margins so you can fit more on the page. There are tons of resume samples out there. If you want my resume template, you can click the button below!
That being said, if you need a little help making things neat (TOTALLY normal), try using Canva. They also have a resume template that you can fill in as a starter.
For the sake of this post, I’m actually going to use Canva for screenshots because I think it’s easier to create a resume. You can put my resume template into Canva and make everything all pretty like a neat little bow.
A ton of bloggers use this tool actually to create Pinterest pins and such, but you can also make resumes, flyers and other papers! It’s super easy to line things up with this tool.
In almost all my posts I put a massive emphasis on being aesthetically pleasing. There are just SO many things to line up. I put arrows on this picture in hot pink so you can really visualize how many things there are to think about.
Personally, I wouldn’t use a free resume builder – you can just make your own with one of these templates.
Make each resume section: experience, education & skills
So that your resume is easily digestible, you’ll want to make sure you have different sections throughout your resume. Creating a professional resume needs several steps. Make sure you have an experience section (for your work experience) and then you can choose between skills, education, and awards.
Now when you’re choosing your sections, make sure you are NOT MAKING YOUR RESUME MORE THAN ONE PAGE. I can’t stress this enough. Unless you’re a CEO (and even then!) keep it to one page! No one has time for that.
When I’m creating a resume, I like to think about each section and put some of the experience and supporting points for each section.
If you are new to resumes or can’t decide what sections to put, use work experience, skills, and education.
See number 3, to get you started on your work experience section.
Write the supporting points in your work experience section
You want your work experience to be robust and really paint a picture on how amazing you will be as an employee. Start by brainstorming your last 3-4 jobs! Under each job, list out your roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments for each role. Try to include as many NUMBERS as possible.
Here are a few questions to help you start brainstorming on what to put under each role:
- What were your primary roles in this job?
- Did you cross-collaborate with teams?
- What accomplishments did you have?
- Did you finish, create or come up with any still-standing ideas and projects?
A few tips to create a resume:
Tip #1: IMO, it’s more important to have WHAT you did in the job in each section, rather than simply a ton of experience that doesn’t show that you did anything. Show your experience and education! That’s why I don’t love online resume builders, instead, write it yourself so you can include all of this amazing information.
Tip #2: You also want your work experience to be recent! Don’t put something from high school if you are like 25, even if it was REALLY cool. Save that for your interviews!
Tip #3: If there are gaps in your resume (like year’s without work), be prepared to explain it in an interview. You can always phrase something as a positive, just be prepared to talk about it!
Next, create your skills and education section to create a resume
Follow these steps for similar for your skills, and school experience! For these sections, you don’t need a ton of explanation, simply just what skills you have and where you went to school, etc.
Your skills section…
For skills (and this is very important), don’t LIE. Don’t even fib. Like, not even a little!
Only put skills you are competent in. Employers are starting to see through the BS and might actually test you in the interview on a skill. You don’t need bullet points for this section! You can list it out as I do in my example above.
If an employer isn’t willing to let you learn software or something in terms of starting a job, you probably wouldn’t succeed in that role anyways. And in that case, you don’t want it!
Your education section….
I personally hate putting the year I graduated on my resume. I don’t need some employer knowing how old I am because it doesn’t matter. I do want them to know I graduated from college and have a bachelor’s degree – so I put that.
Put it all together
Once you have all your materials on your resume, it’s time to put it all together in one of the tools listed in #1. Time to build a resume!
Make sure your work experience takes up at least 70% of the page, while your skills and education take up 20% of the page, and 10% is your name. See the picture below for my resume template, or download it here.
When reviewing and editing your winning resume, make sure it’s perfectly lined up and has no typos. That is what hiring managers are looking for!
And that’s it! Comment below and let me know what questions you still have about putting on your resume! And happy job hunting! Now onto the cover letter…