How to Do a Resume – 3 Tips for Writing a Great Resume Quickly, Easily, and with Better Results
As a former writing tutor and teacher and as a freelance writer for many years, I’ve been asked more times than I care to count how to do a resume. And most of the time, the enquirers weren’t really wanting to know how to write a good resume. What they really wanted to know was the easiest way to write a generic resume so they would have to write it only one time. But that’s the wrong tack entirely.
1. So, first, let’s deal with that better-results aspect of resume writing.
If you want to have the needed competitive edge, if you want to have any kind of chance in today’s dismal job market, then you absolutely can’t rely on generic, one-size-fits-all resumes alone. You’ll need to carefully craft and custom tailor an effective resume for each job/position you’re applying for. This is the key to dramatically increasing your chances of getting an interview and getting the job you want.
Each job/position you want to apply for has its own peculiar set of job-description requirements and best-candidate criteria. So you’d better buckle down and craft a custom-tailored resume each time to address those specific things for each job. The problem for most people at this point, though, is that doing it right (in the way I just suggested) can eat up of tons of time – time that could be better spent in the job search itself and time you don’t have if you’re currently working. The key, then, is to find a way – a method or a system or a tool – to produce those necessary custom-tailored resumes and cover letters quickly, easily, and effectively.
2. Now, let’s look at that quickly-and-easily business. Let’s examine how to do a resume most efficiently so that you get a better return on the time and effort invested.
The first thing I would suggest is a simple repeatable system that can be implemented across a wide range of desired jobs. Such a system would likely include copying and pasting (because, in a few cases, just re-arranging will do the trick), it would also include a set of ready-made templates (so that you can efficiently construct a new resume for each job), and it would likely contain a component that permits smooth transitioning from chronological resume to functional and back again. The point is a good resume-writing system, whichever system you decide to adopt, will allow you to produce effective resumes in less time and with less effort.
3. The third, and perhaps most important, tip concerning how to do a resume quickly, easily, and with better results is to use a well constructed tool designed for just that purpose. There are several such tools on the market, but the better of these help you determine the best resume format for the job at hand, and then you simply plug your information into the format template. Also, you need to make sure your tool is one that guides you through the whole process.
In today’s job market, you just can’t throw together a generic resume and blast it out to a bunch of prospective employers – and hope for the best. That’s not a good strategy anymore. To give yourself a competitive edge, check out these resume-writing tips and take a peek at a recommended resume-writing tool here.
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