How to start writing your résumé?

A good resume can make the difference between whether or not you get an interview. A lot of people really don't have very good resumes in large part because they don't really know how to get started. The result is a resume that simply lists your work experience and doesn't really explain why they should hire you. With a little bit of planning however it is quite easy to write a resume that will get you that interview.

Resume WritingThe first thing that you are going to need to do before you start writing your resume is to determine what job you are applying for. You should have a different resume for each job that you apply for, especially if you are applying for jobs in different industries. Each resume should be tailored to the job that you are applying for. Basically you want to find out what they are looking for in the person who will fill that job and then produce a resume that shows how you can provide what they are looking for. Since each company will be looking for something different you need to have different resumes. You can usually find most of the information about what they are looking for from the job description that the company lists.

The next thing that you are going to want to do in order to start writing your resume is to determine what skills you have. This is where the research you did earlier about what the employer is looking for can really help. The easiest thing to do is to make a list of what they are looking for and then write down how you meet that requirement. This should give you a list of the things that have to be included on your resume.

The next step is to decide on what kind of resume you are going to write. Basically you have a choice between a chronological resume or a functional resume. A chronological resume is the type that most people are familiar with, it lists their work experience in chronological order. A functional resume on the other hand will focus more on your skills than on your work experience. In general a functional resume is best if you have limited experience or if you are changing career fields. If you have a lot of experience in the field you are usually better off with a chronological resume.

The last step is to actually write the resume. This should be fairly easy at this point since you know what skills and experience you need to have listed on your resume. You should also know how your resume is going to be structured. The big thing here is to make sure that you keep things concise and that you make it easy for a potential employer to scan, because that is what they are going to do.