How Do I Write a Resume?

Writing a resume

Resume writing is the most tedious and time-consuming part of your job finding campaign. But the hours you spend crafting it can spell the difference between landing the job you want and settling for some kind of tacky position you will not enjoy rolling out of bed for.

How to write a resume? There is no single right way. That’s because there is no perfect resume. With similar formats, they look alike. Resumes are supposed to look alike because employers are used to seeing them in familiar and accepted forms. So all you need to be concerned about when writing a resume is having a document that looks professional.

You will create a professional looking resume by applying three secrets of resume writing:

First, put our document into one of the accepted resume formats. Reverse chronological is the most accepted format for job continuation. A functional format can be considered when changing careers or hiding a gap in your employment.

The second tip for how to write a resume is to avoid striving for the perfect document. As I mentioned earlier, there is no perfect resume. And you don’t even have to be a great writer or have an excellent background to create a winning resume that convinces prospective employers to take a look at you.

And the third tip is to link your skills and talents to the needs of a potential employer in your field. You’ll accomplish this by thinking in terms of how your background will benefit your next boss.

The folks who read your resume and cover letters are not English teachers who will mark your papers for English and grammar. The only boo-boo’s they’ll notice are misspelled words which convey sloppiness.

So remember the three secrets of writing a good resume. Find the right format. Get the spelling right. And match your achievements to what an employer in your field is looking for. Get lots more resume writing tips in my new book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.

You might also be interested in checking out “How to Start a Resume.”

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.