How to Create the Perfect Resume

A step-by-step guide to creating the perfect resume.

How to Create the Perfect Resume

July 15th, 2020

The perfect resume should be concise and neatly formatted so that employers or hiring managers can read it easily. We have provided a step-by-step guide to improving your resume so that your applications are not cast aside because of their appearance.

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Perfect Resume Template

Your Name

Title

[Street Address] [City] [Zip code]

[Contact number] | [Email Address]

Summary:

[Briefly talk about your background, skills, and qualifications.]

Competencies:

  • [Competency 1]

  • [Competency 2]

Experience:

Company Name / Job Title Month 20XX - Present, Location

Company Name / Job Title Month 20XX - Month 20XX, Location

Company Name / Job Title Month 20XX - Month 20XX, Location

Education:

School Name / Degree Month 20XX - Month 20XX, Location

School Name / Degree Month 20XX - Month 20XX, Location

Licensure and Certificates:

  • [License 1]

  • [License 2]

Awards:

  • [Award 1]

  • [Award 2]

How to Create the Perfect Resume:

1. Edit your resume for each application.

The skills and experiences that you highlight on your resume should reflect what is required for the role you are applying to. By sending a broad resume for every role, you may be failing to show how qualified you are.

2. Display your contact information.

Be sure to display your phone number and email address near the top of your resume so that employers can find that information easily.

3. Use positive verbs.

When describing your experience, use strong verbs to make your sentences more impactful. For example, use words like "established," "initiated," or "coordinated."

4. Keep your layout simple.

Avoid complex fonts and using multiple colors. This comes off as unprofessional and can be difficult to read.

5. Edit your paragraphs.

Hiring managers read through hundreds of applications, so if your resume has long paragraphs, they are unlikely to read it fully. Keep your paragraphs concise.

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If you are starting a new resume, read our article on how to write a resume.

FAQs:

How do I make a resume for my first job?

If you are applying for your first job, you can include student committee activities in your resume. List skills you learned during your time studying, especially if these skills were learned during extracurricular activities.

What format should my resume have?

  • Your name and surname at the top.
  • Your contact information near the top.
  • Your skills (soft and hard skills).
  • A summary of your work experience.
  • A summary of your education.
  • Any other professional experience you may have.

Which skills should I put on my resume?

Consider the job description of the role you are applying for, and list all skills that the job requires. Then try to list skills that would make you an in-demand candidate, like leadership, proficiency in Excel, and/or advanced coding skills.

How do I improve a resume with little experience?

List student activities that are relevant to the role or taught you a valuable skill. List personal interests that align with the company like volunteering for charities or researching a project that the company is working on.