At some point in time, nearly everyone will have a need to distribute a professional resume. For some, this is a non-event, they’ve maintained a resume for years. For others, this is a very daunting task. Recently, my fiance embarked on a journey to find a new job in the professional world. Naturally, she looked to me, her gadget-wielding, business savvy, future hubby, to aid in the creation. There was one major issue. I’ve never created a resume.
Outside of my 9th – 10th grade high school classes, I hadn’t given much thought to what goes into creating a great resume. After a lot of research, I’ve compiled a list of resources, thoughts and techniques to aid in the creation of your next resume.
Content is King
The key to a great resume is in the content. This doesn’t mean buffing yourself up and using as many buzzwords as you can think of, it means providing clear and concise points that will capture a hiring manager’s attention and make them want to call you in for an interview. Start by determining how and where you will log your information. I would recommend setting up a LinkedIn profile and using the fields provided to house your information (there’s a GOOD reason I promise, more on that later). If you’re like me and tend to get sidetracked in your browser, fire up a distraction free writing app such as Ommwriter (Mac only) or the trusty ole Notepad for you PC users.
After getting your initial thoughts and job descriptions out, begin trimming the fat. Start by removing the Top 10 Overused Buzzwords and make sure you avoid any of the 6 Words That Make Your Resume Suck. After that, read through the Top 10 Ways to Rock Your Resume and make sure you’ve followed the guidelines to really proofread and refine the content of your resume.
- Top 10 Overused Buzzwords [LinkedIn Blog]
- 6 Words That Make Your Resume Suck [SquawkFox]
- Top 10 Ways to Rock Your Resume [Lifehacker]
Time to Start Building
Once you have your content refined, it’s time to actually create something you can send out. The first step in this process is to choose a tool to use. While conventional wisdom and practices will tell you to use a traditional tool like Word or Pages to carry out this task, I’m going to save you some time and frustration by recommending you use the LinkedIn Resume Builder. This tool, which I was driven to find after first venturing down the paths of using both Pages and Word, makes resume creation an absolute breeze! The entire interface is extremely intuitive and the fact that it’s all drag-and-drop, makes moving elements a lot easier than dealing with tables.
The LinkedIn Resume Builder also allows you to maintain multiple resumes for your one account. This could be helpful if you wish to distribute different variations of your resume depending on the position or company. Additionally, you are able to save a PDF version of your resume, or generate a public URL.
To get started, head over to the LinkedIn Resume Builder homepage. Click the Get Started button. You will be prompted to login to LinkedIn and authorize the application. Once this has completed, the LinkedIn Resume Builder will pull all of your information from LinkedIn on-the-fly (I told you there was an important reason to put your informant in LinkedIn!).
The best part about the LinkedIn Resume Builder is that it’s completely dynamic. If you notice a typo or choose to revise some content in your resume, no big deal, simply login to your LinkedIn profile, change the information and your resume will automatically be updated.
Now that you have your resume together, it’s time to start scouring the Internet for job postings and distributing your resume!
Are you an employer? Have you recently had to create / revise your resume? What tips might you have for a new job seeker?