Typing a resume these days has become very simple, especially if you have the write software. You can buy a cheap resume writing software for around $35, but you will most than likely get a very generic looking resume.
In order to type up a good resume you first need to know the basic components a resume is made up of.
Functional formatting is good to use if you are changing careers or have had setbacks in your working profession. The reason for this is because you'll list your accomplishments before your employment history. By highlighting your skills first, you are sort of drawing attention away from your lack of experience and more towards you abilities.
Ok, now that you know what makes up a resume and have chosen the best formatting for your resume, now you can start writing. A tool I like to use is a 19 question questionnaire that helps me break down the information I will need for my resume.
State your name, mailing address, permanent address,
and the phone numbers, fax numbers, and/or email
addresses where employers can contact you. If relevant,
please include your website address.
What is the purpose of your resume (i.e. a position with
a different employer, or a different position with the
position are you seeking?
Are you switching jobs, or re-entering the workforce?
Have you had progressive professional growth
throughout your career?
Have you had any jobs previous to your current one, or
has this been your only employer?
What would you say is stronger, your skills and
accomplishments or your work experience?
Are you willing to relocate? If so, how far are you willing
to move? Would you be willing to take a position in a
Are there any special circumstances which might affect
your resume (e.g. being fired, gaps in employment,
major career change, criminal record, immigration
issues/eligibility to work)?
What positions have you held? For each position state a)
the dates you held the position, b) the specific tasks you
accomplished, c) whether these tasks support the job
you're currently seeking.
For each task or accomplishment, state what words best
describe the work you did. Did you "manage," "develop,"
"author," "negotiate," or "conceptualize"?
For each previous job held, state how you contributed to
the success of your company or department. Please use
specific numbers or percentages.
What is the highest level of education that you reached?
At what school(s) did you receive your diploma(s),
and what were your majors? Also, what year(s) did
List any academic awards or honors. If applicable,
state the topic or title of your Master's thesis or doctoral
dissertation. Also, list any professional licenses or
certificates you hold.
What special skills could you offer companies that
apply to the position you're seeking? Proficiency in
certain computer languages or programs, pilot's license,
internet experience, artistic talent, foreign languages or
Non-work experience. What professional associations
do you belong to? What positions have you held in these
groups? If you are a recent graduate, what organizations
were you involved with while in college? What significant
volunteer work have you done?
Have you ever been published? List titles of works, and
where they were published.
Why are you the very best candidate for this position
(please be specific)?
Why should you be hired over all the other applicants
(again, the more specific, the better...what
Once you have answered the questions, the rest is a piece of cake.
With the questions you've answered, there is nothing left then to fit them into the components we have discussed earlier. Once you've have done so, you have just created a one of a kind resume and should get ready to blow any employer out of the water.
Once you know what a resume consist of, then you know what kind of formatting there is. Then when you fill out the free questionnaire, the rest is just putting the puzzle together. If you would like to see an example of a resume I have written or need further help in writing a resume, head on over to shibaresumes.com [http://www.shibaresumes.com] and I would be more than happy to help. You can also post you resume for FREE.
Good luck in your Job search and writing.
A resume represents you in words and is the one that creates the first impression. So, a resume must be well thought of and written perfectly. According to experts in the field of human resources there are five basic concepts:
1. A resume must market your skills. It must highlight your qualifications and experience.
2. The resume must avoid focusing on the past and project what you are and your capabilities. It must be about “you” and not on your past.
3. The highlight must be on your plans for the future and how you intend to go about achieving your aims.
4. Instead of chronologically listing your job profiles the resume must emphasize with clarity your accomplishments.
5. The resume must reflect your skills and visions not just mundane everyday actions at work.
When sitting down to write or rewrite a resume, put yourself in the shoes of the person who will read the resume and either shortlist you or junk your application. Never use a standard resume for every job application. Rework the resume to “fit” the job you are applying for.
There are 10 vital steps that will help you create a perfect resume:
1. First read through the job vacancy profile carefully. Then create a “job objective.” This just means the position you are applying for.
2. Determine what skills, knowledge, and experience will suit the job best.
3. Create a short list of your qualifications and experience that will reflect that you are a suitable candidate for the post. That is you are capable of handling the proposed “job objective.”
4. Draw from your past experience and find accomplishments that prove you can shoulder the job responsibilities.
5. In the resume elaborate in brief accomplishments that highlight your abilities to handle the job you are applying for. Emphasize how your work benefited your employer.
6. Include in the resume a table listing the jobs you have held in chronological order. Begin with the most recent. Include student experience, summer placements, and projects undertaken gratis. Explain any time gaps.
7. List your educational qualifications especially those relevant to the job you are applying for.
8. Ensure that the format of the resume is consistent follow either the chronological or functional format. A template for a functional resume is at
and chronological is at:
9. Include a concise and crisp career objective at the beginning of the resume.
10. At the beginning include a summary of key points.
When in doubt surf the World Wide Web and read through resume tips and formats given by experts on sites like monster.com and Yahoo jobs .com.
A perfect resume is one that grabs the attention of the employer. It should be distinct from the thousands that will reach the employer’s desk. A winning resume is one that speaks volumes without shouting out loud of your abilities and strengths.
Write a resume. Then ask an impersonal outsider to vet it for you. If in doubt seek professional help.