Resume Writing Guide

by Lori Soard

There are probably as many forms of resume writing as there are types of jobs to apply for.  The ideas presented in this article are ONE way of writing a resume and are intended only as a sample.  They are tips that should help you, no matter what form your resume takes 🙂

1) Use paper that represents your value.  If you put your resume on flimsy, cheap paper–it will not appear as professional.  The ideal resume paper is 100% cotton fiber, 24 lb.  White and ivory are excellent colors to use.  Gray is also acceptable.  Avoid anything to vibrant, it looks amateurish.

2) Your objective should reflect what you want out of a career.  Keep the answer simple.  You may need to change the objective for each position you are applying for.  Simple does not mean vague.  Be specific about what job you want.

3) What qualifications do you have for that job?  This is where you should tell them why you are the perfect person for this job.  Bullet points are excellent for this section.  They are easy to read and look impressive.

4) What experience do you have for this job?  Only include those items that build you up in the eyes of a perspective employer.

5) What achievements and awards have you gained?  This shows that you are a professional who is respected by others in the profession.

Sample Resume:

Thata Girl
00 New Job Street
Iwannacareer, USA
(867) 000-0000

OBJECTIVE: Staff Content Writer within the entertainment  industry or related field.

QUALIFICATIONS:   * Six years of experience writing for                                            educational journals.

* Staff Content Writer for Entertainment                                           Asylum.

* Publisher of weekly newsletter for readers                                           and writers.

EXPERIENCE:

1990-1993                    Language Arts Teacher, 7th grade

1993-Present               Freelance Writer

EDUCATION:            Indiana University

1988-1990                   Bachelor of Science in English Education

1997-Present              Pursuing Master’s of Science in English.

AWARDS:                  First place awards for short stories from                                      Romance Communications, ‘Riter’s Rack,                                      WCRG, and St. Rose Press.

Lori Soard started Word Museum in 1997. She’s a published author and has written thousands of articles over the years for newspapers, magazines and online. She has a PhD in Journalism and lives in Southern Indiana with her husband. They have two grown daughters, both animal lovers their house is always filled with pets.

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