Resume Writing Tips for 2021

Resume tips

Let’s start with the basics

Résumés are simply what people use to get jobs, right? Wrong!

A resume, or as it may sometimes be referred to as a CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments and experience. Your résumé’s purpose is to get your foot in the door. A well-written résumé does its job successfully if it gets you an interview.

To prepare a successful résumé you need to know how to review, summarize, and present your experience and achievements on one page. Unless you have considerable experience, your résumé should be one page only.

How to get started with a resume

Short answer: contact the experts at Resume Wiz 🙂

But seriously…before you write, take the time to do a self-assessment on paper. Outline your skills and abilities, as well as your work experience and extracurricular activities. This will make it easier to prepare a thorough résumé.

Content

Name, Address, Telephone, Email Address

  • All of your contact information should go at the top of your résumé.
  • Your name can be bold and larger font. Avoid nicknames.
  • Use a permanent physical address.
  • Choose a professional sounding email address that includes your name.
  • Consider an Objective (optional.) An objective tells potential employers the sort of work you are hoping to do.
  • Be specific about the job you want. For example: To obtain an Analyst position within a financial institution requiring strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Tailor your objective to the employer — objectives may change. Exact job titles may be stated. For example: To obtain a Research Analyst position.

Education

Undergraduates or new graduates without a lot of work experience should list their educational information at the top of the résumé. Alumni can list it after work experience. Necessary information to include is name of institution, location, type of degree, and major.

For example:

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Expected June 2019 Minor: Psychology

If you have limited work experience relevant to the desired job, you may also include Relevant Coursework in your Education section. Relevant Coursework should also always be listed when applying for an internship.

Experience

Briefly give the employer an overview of work that has taught you skills and responsibility. Use action words to describe your job duties and connect them with specific outcomes. Include your work experience in reverse chronological order — that is, put your last job first and work backward to your first job. Make sure your job descriptions begin with verbs, in the past tense for past jobs and in the present tense for present employment. Your verbs should take the form of the first person, meaning an imaginary “I” before each action verb (i.e. Maintain or Maintained).

For example:

Insurance Agent January 2020 – Present Smart Way Insurance Brokerage Group New York, NY
Assist in the implementation of computer and network system for new location.
Report claims to insurance companies and follow up with clients
Facilitate in-person and online insurance policy sign-ups for auto, home, and commercial insurance

Keep in mind that employers value all kinds of experience. You can discuss internships and volunteer positions. You don’t need to limit yourself to paid work experience.

Skills

This section is reserved for technical and language skills. List out all of the computer packages and software you have knowledge of using and your skill level in any foreign language (not English). You can also include any technical skills specific to a particular industry.

Do not include soft skills, such as communication, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.

Additional Categories (optional)

  • Leadership Experience
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Volunteer Work
  • Special Research Projects References Do not include your reference information on your résumé. You may note at the bottom of your résumé (centered): References Available upon Request. *Note: Always ask people if they are willing to provide a reference for you before you give out their names.

Extra Tips

  • Do the basics and pay attention to detail! Proofread for spelling, grammar and tone and be consistent with your formatting.
  • Construct an effective résumé. Organize your information in a logical fashion and keep descriptions clear and to the point. Be specific. Also, use a simple, easy to read font.
  • Focus on what you bring to the employer, not what you want from the job.
  • Highlight your skills by connecting your actions to results.
  • Be Professional. Have a professional email address and message on your voicemail.

Congratulations! You’ve written your résumé. Feel free to have your peers review it as well to get some honest feedback.