How To Write A Resume That Rocks: The Basics

How To Write A Resume That Rocks: The Basics | Only on Five Foot and Fabulous

What do part time jobs, internships, and full fledged adult jobs have in common? A resume is almost ALWAYS required for all of them. If you are anything like I was in my first year of college, the idea of a resume scares the crap out of you. “What should I include? What should I leave out? Why is adulting so hard?” Well, lucky for you I have some answers!*

*Note: I can’t actually answer the adulting question as I’m still trying to figure it out myself.

All quarter life crises aside, I’m here to help you how to write a resume that will get you noticed. Because there are so many factors that go into a rockin’ resume, I’m splitting this post up into a series! Before we get into the fun stuff (and yes, it can be fun!), it’s important to cover the basics!

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Use a font that’s easy to read

I love brush script fonts as much as the next girl, but resumes are not the best place to use them. You’re going to want to pick a clean font and stick with it for the entire document. I recommend something like Time’s New Roman or Arial because they’re web safe and professional looking!

Include these 3 sections

There are quite a few things you might want to include on your resume, but make sure you have all of the following:

Education

If you spent a lot of time and money going to school, wouldn’t you want your potential future employer to know that? Include associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, post-doc, and/or any studies abroad.

Work Experience

Include all relevant jobs, internships, and careers you’ve previously held. For instance, if you are applying for a job in fashion, include any retail experience!

Skills

Include both hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are a specific thing you can do, think: Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, etc. Soft skills are more broad, for example: leadership, time management, etc.

Bonus: Relevant Work

I also like to include any activities or projects I’ve done that relate to the job I’m applying to. For example, if I’m applying to a styling internship, I make sure to include that I’ve done styling work in the past.

Put things in chronological order

Start with your newest experience and work your way back. The people who read your resume are only looking at it for a few seconds unless something catches their eye. Make sure that all your current endeavors are right under their respective headlines.

Keep things consistent

Like I mentioned with the font, you’re going to want to make sure that all components of your resume are consistent throughout. If you bold one header, bold the rest of your headers. Maintain the same spacing between lines. You get the idea!

Keep everything on one page

This may or may not been what you were taught, but every instructor has told me to keep everything on one page. This can get difficult if you want to include a lot! The little piece of advice I have for you here is to include only what is relevant to the position you’re applying to.

What NOT to include

The last thing I want to share with you today are things you shouldn’t include in your resume.

High school activities

Unless you’re currently in high school, don’t include anything from there in your resume. Your potential future employer doesn’t really care if you were involved in high school soccer or theater. They want to know about more recent endeavors.

Courses you’ve taken

Although you want to include the fact you went to school, you don’t want to put in the classes you’ve taken. Instead, put what you learned in those classes into your skills section. Same information, more professional execution.

Objective

If you’re applying for something, your objective is obviously to achieve that something. So basically, including your objective in words is pretty redundant.

References available upon request

Your potential future employer will ask for references if they want them, so they don’t need you to tell them that you have some. Let the interviewer be the one to bring them up.

I hope you learned a lot from this post! Stay tuned for future editions of How To Write a Resume!

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32 Replies to “How To Write A Resume That Rocks: The Basics”

  1. perfect! I like to keep my resume short and sweet and get right to the point! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. That’s the best kind of resume to have!

  2. These are some great tips! I haven’t updated my resume in awhile I should really do that.

  3. These are some great tips! I think updating your resume every couple of months is a good thing so you are always up to date!

  4. Good tips! Luckily I don’t need a resume any more haha

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    1. Lol you’re so lucky!

  5. I am so proud of my resume, I have worked so hard on it over the years and 100% it impresses if you do it right. I think everyone needs to have a great resume ready for whatever could happen!

    1. Too true, Sydney!

  6. These tips are so awesome! I’m currently a high senior so I have an activity resume but I think it’s so important to have a resume to have on hand!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    1. It’s very important! Thanks Katie!

  7. Omg so important! The only resume I have right now is the one I made my high school senior year haha.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

    1. Haha you might want to update it!

  8. I was just working on my resume. These are some great tips!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  9. Yes to all of these! I haven’t updated my resume since I got my last corporate job haha whoops

    1. Haha that’s okay if you’re just a blogger!

  10. These are such great tips! Resume writing/updating is one of the most frustrating things about adult-ing for me lol!

    1. Haha so true Rachel!

  11. Such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  12. This is SO useful! I need to work on my writing portfolio and resume!

    1. Thank you Alex!

  13. I so agree with putting things in chronological order! SO true! These are great tips!

    1. Thanks Adriana!

  14. Thanks for these tips! I agree with you about the three main sections. It is also so important to keep it organized so that its very easy to read and simple.

    xoxo, Hannah

  15. These are great tips! I’d also add to PDF before you send so that it doesn’t get jumbled up if someone has a different version of Word.

    1. So true! I always do this!

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