Resume Building 101

You think it may be easy writing a resume, I mean it’s all about you after all! However, putting a well-written resume together requires some thought and planning.

Your opportunity to pitch yourself is by perfecting a resume and as a result, hopefully participate in the hiring process.

Before writing, check out 5 Things That Don’t Belong on Your Resume.

Want to be just as likeable on paper as you are in person? Follow these resume building tips:

1. Write professionally

Remember that this is the organizations first impression of you, you want to sound like a professional job candidate who should be picked for an interview.

When writing your resume content, do not include personal information, such as, birthday or marital status.

While you are describing yourself, you want to focus on relevant material that speaks to your work performance and skill level.

A second professional tip for writing your resume content is to describe your experience concisely. It is a snapshot of you, not a storybook.

For example, if you organized an event, focus on the skills you developed not any problems that may have happened.

2. Organized sections

Dividing up your resume into sections will be more appealing to the reader. This can look a little different depending on if you are a recent graduate, career changing, or senior- level.

The common organization of a resume is summary, experience, volunteer work, education and certifications or awards.

Avoid having your words look cluttered or bunched up, having too much information is just as bad as having too little.

3. Use consistent formatting

Consistency is key throughout your entire resume, but especially when formatting. Different fonts, sizing and styles is not ideal if it is found in the same section.

It’s a good idea to get a little creative but only to a certain extent. This is a resume not a highway billboard! Incorporate some bolding, underlining and minimal colour.

Some good practices for formatting include, one page (two-sided), avoid the use of “I”, and to switch between past and present when talking about past and current jobs.

4. Edit- more than once!

The worst mistake you can make is when words are misspelled, grammar is wrong, and your overall written communication is off.

Ask a friend or peer to proofread it,  a second set of eyes is always useful to catch miscellaneous errors.  Proof all of your headings and then proof all of your text.

A lot of online apps are now offered (free!) to edit your work if you want to double check your writing.


Best of luck writing and updating your resumes and be sure to check out when looking for jobs.