If you’re a Writer, then you fully understand the importance of getting your name out there and snagging the perfect job. While networking and samples of work are great tools for getting hired, your biggest asset is your resume. Your resume should stand out, place your best qualities forward, and make employers want to hire you. Read on for how to create the perfect resume:
The purpose of your resume is to promote your strengths, and to highlight your talents, abilities, and experience. You want to include anything you’ve achieved, and any certifications or relevant awards you have received. If you had a great GPA in college, put it on there. If you’re skilled in a foreign language, write it down. Give details about the jobs you’ve held, and include specifics about responsibilities or accomplishments while at that job.
In addition to anything notable you’ve accomplished, you also want to make sure you include the skills in which you’re proficient. This includes a foreign language, typing skills, familiarity with operating programs or online media/blogging sites, particular niches you can write well about, or anything else that’s relevant.
Be Honest and Keep it Current
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to constructing their resumes is to put information on that’s either a) outdated or b) stretching the truth a bit. While you may have had an awesome job 10 years ago, if it’s not relevant, it probably shouldn’t be put on your resume. Keep your resume straightforward, up-to-date, and only include things that you’ve actually done—it’s pretty easy for future employers to find out whether or not you’re telling the truth. Don’t claim to have a skill set that you don’t, it may come back to you in a negative way.
Use a Format that’s Easy to Read
Your resume should flow. Start with your most recent career experience or education, include relevant information, and finish with any additional skills you might have. Keep your information organized consecutively, with your most recent experiences listed first. Use headings and bullet points to help keep information organized and understandable, and make sure you use a font that’s easy on the eyes. Include your name, address, and contact information. Keep your resume to a single page. A good example will look something like this:
(First Name/Last Name)
Name of University; City, State (years attended)
Special awards or recognitions
EXPERIENCE (years worked)
Freelance Writer; City, State
• (Type of writing done)
• (Specific companies worked for)
• (Particularly wonderful things done as a writer)
Additional Jobs, Name of Company, City, State (years worked)
• (Tasks assigned)
• (Projects completed)
• (Any certifications/recognitions received)
• (Any additional skills)
What Not to Include
Knowing what to include is pretty straightforward: education, experience, and skills. Knowing what not to include, however, can be a little trickier. Resumes of the past usually had an objective statement. Today, however, objective statements are obsolete, redundant, and take up too much space. Remember, you want to try to keep your resume to one page in length. Writing an objective statement doesn’t give future employers a lot of information about who you are or what you can bring to an organization or business, which is why they’re reading your resume in the first place.
It probably goes without saying, but make sure you never include any personal information on your resume, pictures, non-relevant information, or information that’s disorganized. Keep everything as professional as possible.
Editing Along the Way
Once you’ve put together a basic draft of your resume, have a trusted friend or family member look it over and give you feedback and constructive criticism. Make sure that your spelling, punctuation, and grammar is all correct — remember, you’re a Writer. Submit your name with a title that succinctly describes who you are or what you’re great at, such as “A Talented Individual with 10+ Years Journalism Experience.” A tagline like this is much more catchy than, “John Smith’s Resume,” and will help you get noticed by employers.
When you have completed your resume, remember to upload your document onto your Content Runner Writer Profile. This will give Users the opportunity to learn more about the skills you have to offer and will assist in making sure you always have work to complete.