Resume Writing Guide for Beginner’s

How to Write a Resume

  1. Choose a Resume Format & Layout
  2. Add Your Personal Details & Contact Information
  3. Write a Standout Resume Heading
  4. Add your Professional Resume Summary or Objective
  5. Add Your Education Details, Certifications & any other Relevant Information
  6. Mention your Work Experienced & Achievements
  7. Tailor Your Resume & Optimize
  8. Creating a Convincing Cover Letter
  9. Polish up Your Grammar & Formatting

1) Choose a Resume Format & Layout

1. Resume Format

Resume format are 3 Standard

  • Chronological
  • Functional
  • Hybrid

1) Chronological Resume Format – It is ideal for people with plenty of work experienced that is relevant to the position they’re interested in.

  • Pros
    • Familiar to Recruiters.
    • Highlights career advancements.
    • Emphasizes relevant Job Experience.
  • Cons
    • Shows gaps in employment.
    • Doesn’t emphasize skills & abilities.
  • Best for
    • Job Seekers with highly relevant work.

2) Functional Resume Format – This type used for freshers or less work experience, You are looking to make a career change.

  • Pros
    • Focuses on your skills and abilities.
    • Minimize work experience
  • Cons
    • Not preferred by recruiters.
    • Leaves out work experience.
  • Best For
    • Jobs seekers with no relevant work Experience.

3) Functional Resume Format – It is the combination of Chronological & Functional resume format, Great choice for job-seekers with a very diverse skill-set.

  • Pros
    • Puts equal emphasis on skills & experience.
    • Provides a lot of space for resume keywords.
    • Combines best elements of Chronological & Functional Formats.
  • Cons
    • Cannot hide resume gaps.
  • Best for
    • Most job seekers.

Resume Layout

Resume Layout must have

  • One Page in Length – The resume only go for 2 pages
  • Clear Section Headings – Pick a heading & use it for all the section headers.
  • Ample White-Space – Especially around the margins.
  • Easy to Read Font – We are recommend sticking to what stands out, but not too much.
  • Pick the Right Font Size – As a rule of thumb, go for 11 – 12 pt for normal text, 14 for section titles.
  • Save Resume as PDF

2) Add Your Personal Details & Contact Information

The top of your resume should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Location ( City, State, Zip Code )
  • Email Address

Optional Information

  • The Professional Title
  • LinkedIn URL
  • Social Media
  • Website / Blog

3) Write a Standout Resume Heading

A resume headline is a concise, one-line description of who you are as a candidate. Your headline is a short but powerful addition to your resume.

Resume headline Tips:

  • Include keywords from the job posting, ideally the job title.
  • Keep it short. Try to write under ten words.
  • Use title case & Use a bold or slightly larger font so the headline stands out visually.

4) Add your Professional Resume Summary or Objective

A Resume Summary statement is a short paragraph or section of bullet points at the beginning of a resume that highlights your professional skills & Experience. The Summary should expand on your heading & communicate to recruiters, Why you are good fit for the job.

Need to Mention in Resume Summary

  • Your Job & Years of experience.
  • one or two top Achievements.
  • Desired Goal.

5) Add Your Education Details, Certifications & any other Relevant Information

  • Name of Institute
  • Degree
  • School & College Location
  • Years Attended
  • Percentage Obtained
  • Awards
  • Any Certifications

6) Mention your Work Experienced & Achievements

The Most important part, displaying your past accomplishments & Responsibilities.

How to List Work Experience in a Resume

  • Job Title / Position
  • Company Name / Location / Description
  • Achievements & Responsibilities
  • Dates Employed from – to (in years)

List Achievements when Possible

One of the most common resume mistakes is listing only responsibilities in your work experience section.

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7) Tailor Your Resume & Optimize

The most impactful thing you can do to improve your changes of getting interviews is tailor your resume to each and every job. Customized resume that align with job requirements & include keywords form the job description will stand out to recruiters who often receives hundreds of resumes for each role.

8) Creating a Convincing Cover Letter

Every job application consists of 2 parts – the resume and the cover letter

Most job-seekers flinch when they hear that they have to write a cover letter. What do you even mention in a cover letter, anyway?

Here’s a format you could follow:

  • Introduce Yourself
  • Explain how you’d excel at the job
  • Wrap it up and say thanks

9) Polish up Your Grammar & Formatting

Resume writing is a unique style. It can be tricky to remember which tense to use or when (and why) to omit pronouns. How can you use language to tell a more compelling story?

Resume Fonts

Font that is easy to read on screen, ATS-compatible, and commonly available. Mostly we use Helvetica, Garamond, or Georgia etc.,

Tense & Pronouns

Use past tense when talking about jobs in the past, and present tense when describing the work you are currently doing. Traditional resume writing leaves out personal pronouns.

Resume Action Words

Action verbs help liven up your writing, making your resume more readable for recruiters & hiring managers.