Writing a Professional Resume


Posted on 4/25/2019

Candidates looking to attract the attention of recruiters to land the right job which suits your profile by writing professional resume, follow the below step. The recruiters may take about 30 seconds or fewer to view a candidate’s resume; in that instant, your resume should leave an impression to the recruiters, so your chances of getting yourself short-listed/selected for the job will be high.

Steps to follow while writing a resume,

1. Selecting a suitable resume format. There are several types of resume formats available. Choose the right resume format based on your personal circumstances; choose a chronological, functional, combination, or a targeted resume. Make sure to spend enough time for selecting the best type of resume format, and that will help you with getting better results for your effort.

2. Make your resume readable. It is important that the information you provide is easy to read and lets people understand your work experiences and achievements. Therefore, use fonts that are more presentable to read (such as Arial, Calibri, or Open Sans fonts). Make sure the size of the text is not too big or too small (choose the right size between 11 and 13). Avoid bold blocks of content and use standard margins. If you’re planning to present a physical copy of your resume to the interview panel, it is better to use white- or cream-colored paper; colored paper can be very distracting and tend to leave a bad impress of the candidate.

3. Be consistent with text formatting and information. A professional resume should be consistent in both information and formatting. For example, if you’re using bullet points to describe certain sections (such as roles, responsibilities, and achievements) in your resume, you use the same type of bullet points in all other positions throughout the entire resume. For instance, don't use circle bullet points in one section and diamond bullet points in another section. Be consistent with the use of fonts and style (such as the use of bold, italics, and font formats).

As for the information, don’t leave details incomplete or mention anything unwanted, which can be a drawback in your profile (such as starting the document with the title as resume, the dates you include about when you wrote the resume).

4. Keep it focused on skills that are related to your work/education. It's important to keep your resume focused on the skills and attributes that will help you qualify for the job that you are applying for. Unnecessary information will always divert the recruiters from viewing the required details to short-list/select the right candidate, so leave out things that are unwanted and won’t help you get the job you want.

Candidates don’t need a resume with several pages. Keep it short by giving only the required information like contact details, work history, and education details (if needed) that are needed for the average job seeker. A one-page resume is probably enough or two pages at most; only if you’re unable to provide the information’s in one-page and don’t exceed more than two-page.

5. Make it error free with careful editing. Recruiters often come across resume with spelling and grammar errors, that will make them think that the applicant seems to be inattentive and doesn’t concentrate on significant details. Proofread your resume multiple times to ensure that your resume is consistent and error-free. Once you’re done with proofreading, make sure to check it once again to see if there are any spelling or grammar errors present. If possible, find someone else to proofread your resume, because it’s easy for you to miss one or two errors or typos.

6. Frequently updating the resume with relevant information. Keep your resume up to date with all the relevant information, which can be noticed by the recruiters. Refer resume examples and templates to help you get a better understanding of which information’s you need to mention in your resume that can help in getting your dream job.