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Writing a Professional Resume: A Short Guide for Jobseekers

OSAU Team

Your resume plays a crucial role in creating a good first impression. It is your life story which includes pertinent experiences that created an impact on your holistic growth and development as a person. Even if your resume is only a page or two in length, your resume is the most powerful tool in introducing yourself to potential employers.  

Hiring managers often get dozens, or even hundreds of application for each job so it is important for you to make a resume that will definitely stand out from other applicants. Here are some tips on how to effectively write a resume that will be more likely to be noticed:


1. Be clear and concise

Interesting resumes are likely to be remembered, but long ones just aren't read so keep it short. Otherwise your resume will wind up in the "later" pile. Keep the resume short and to the point, no long paragraphs. 

In drafting one, you should be clear and concise without having to sacrifice substantial details about yourself. More than anything else, a resume should be able to emphasize your best skills and qualifications relevant to the position you are applying for.  


2. Provide a summary of your qualifications and work experiences

The primary goal of a resume is to effectively market yourself to your potential employer. You should be able to list not just your accolades and accomplishments but also walk them through each experience. Make your summary of qualifications shine! The summary of your qualifications is similar to a gem. Gems have many different shining facets and so do your skills and achievements. Presenting the best of each facet, combined into a unified whole, completes the gem.

Always remember to put a short job description or summary of each job experience or achievement to contextualize your work or contribution on a certain company or organization. However, remember not to exaggerate details so that you don’t come off overselling yourself. You limit your description to the three or four most important points.

A prospective employer should know exactly what your responsibilities are, what skills you have developed, where your strengths lie, and what you have achieved just by looking at your resume.


3. Explore resume types and formats

There are number of resume types that are being utilized by aspiring job applicants. It varies on format - some are written chronologically, functionally, and sometimes, a combination of the two.  

The chronological type is the most usual and simplest way of presenting your resume. It starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. This type of resume works well for job seekers with a strong, solid work of history.

The functional type, on the other hand, focuses on your skills and experience rather than on your chronological work history. It also makes use of symbols, icons, and colors to convey meaning. Functional resumes are used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.

Meanwhile, a combination of two, a mix between chronological and functional resume, can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for as well as provide your chronological work history. This kind of resume helps you highlight what makes you the best fit for the job while still giving the employer all the information he/she wants.

Once you have selected the type of resume, organize the list of information that will be included in your resume.


4. Be creative and consistent

It doesn’t hurt to break the norms and standards of resume-making. By incorporating a few simple ideas, your creative resume can help you stand out in a competitive hiring climate. Show your skills and achievements by using good keywords, colors, and creative icons that could highlight your skills and achievements. Despite all these, it is also safe to note consistency in both design and format to avoid elements being cluttered and disjunctive. 

You can also research the company websites and review platforms to research target employers to determine which style of resume is the most appropriate.


5. Proofread 

You will never get a second chance to make a first impression so do not forget the final step: proofread your resume. Scan through your resume thoroughly and check your grammar and spelling before sending them out. Typographical and spelling errors can quickly undermine your chances of getting the job. 

Consider using the "spell check" feature of the writing software you are using. It is also advised to consult your family or friend and read through the paper to counter check for grammatical errors and inconsistencies. 


Indeed, a resume is nothing but a single tool that comes in your aid when you enter the real world. At the end of the day, what matters most is how you carry and present yourself more than what is just written ad featured on paper.


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