Help Writing a Resume
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Unless you are already an expert, you need help writing a resume.

Your resume must be professional – but there could well be different levels of professionalism in the help you may need and the help you get. 

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How do you begin to write a resume?  What tools do you need?

  • Good quality bond paper – white or off-white
  • A good-quality printer
  • A computer with a word processing program

Some formatting basics for help writing a resume

  • Use a standard font – Times New Roman 12-point font is an excellent one to use.  Only someone well versed in fonts is qualified to make an appropriate change.
  • Add a proper heading at the top of the page with all the required personal contact information.  The ownership of the document needs to be clear at a glance.
  • Try to keep the resume to one page, but avoid cramming.  If you have to spill over to a second page, that’s fine.  Just don’t write a 16-page resume.  No one is that good!
  • Avoid cramming too much onto one page.   You need a sufficient amount of “white space” to make the reading easy and comfortable.
  • Add a proper header and page number at the top of a second page, if you require a second page. 
  • Make the important information jump from the page.  That is your goal
  • Highlight the important information.  That is also an important goal.

Most professionals will charge to do a professional job.



Further help writing a resume

What information would be required before someone could prepare a professional resume for you?

  • The name of the job you’re applying for.  If it’s an ad, I need to see the ad itself – or a close approximation. 
  • A little about the company – the nature of the business, the full name and address
  • The skills (relevant skills) you have that would match what the prospective employer wants and needs
  • Your objective.  Your long-term objective (career goal) as well as the short-term objective of this particular resume.  Do you want long-term employment?  Short-term employment?  Part-time employment? 

You will also have to provide your previous work history to the professional preparing your resume document.  Provide the following:

  • The name of each position you held
  • The name of each company
  • The nature of the company (its business)
  • The dates you worked at each company
  • What you did at each place?
  • Anything significant that you did at your job.
  • Anything significant that you learned at your job.
  • Did you supervise anyone at the job?
  • What strengths did you display at the job?  
  • Were you responsible?  Were you on time every day?  Were you reliable? 
  • Did you work alone or independently?
  • Did you work as part of a team?
  • Did you have a good relationship with your work-mates?  
  • Why did you leave your previous employment?  
  • Your age and gender.  I would not use that on the resume, but I would  to know that to prepare an accurate resume.
  • Your complete home address, and all your contact details, including telephone and email.

The above should provide you with a good resume writing help - a good start!  You can develop your own excellent writing style, and you'll be writing a good resume before you know it! 

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