Resumes are your key to opening the door to an interview. It can be one of the most taxing and least exciting chores you must do in your job search. But you must look at it this way: if you write a good resume that is easy-to-read and alligns to what the job posting asks you have a chance to landing the interview!
Keep it to one page
Coupled with the coverletter, the combo should be 2 pages max. The resume should be 1 page, yet do not cram all your experience using small font. You must be selective and only chose the experience that relates to the job you are applying for. Sometimes it is difficult to edit your own resume so be sure to ask someone that can help you.
Write notes and drafts first
Before even writing your resume, take a few days to jot down notes on your jobs/past experiences. Think about your skill set; and compile your education, awards and volunteer section. Write. Write. Write. Research keywords from other postings and industry-related websites. By the end of it you will have a Frankenstein of a mess! Even if it’s multiple pages of notes it means that you have a lot to work with–you can sift through it all and ONLY pick out what you believe relates to what you are applying for. Be selective. It is very satisfying to see how your resume starts taking shape as you retain certain key information.
Research other resumes online
It’s always a great idea to look at resumes people have written. Don’t be discouraged though in regards to their experience! Take the perspective that your resume will get better when you see great resumes. Check out their formatting, keywords/phrases and any nuisances that you can incorporate into your own resume.
Focus on skills and education, when lacking in Experience
Sometimes you lack experience. So what? Instead of focusing on what you lack, focus on what you know! Look at placing more energy and real estate in your resume to skills that you have acquired as well as any education and certifications. If you have accomplished something that isn’t connected to the job you are applying for–try to flesh out any transferable skills or relatable instances that can help you build a case to why you are a right fit for the job.