How to Write a Resume

How to Write a Resume

Write a Resume - Why have there been so many changes in resume writing?

Write a Resume - Why have there been so many changes in resume writing?

Write a Resume - Besides resume writing, what is involved in career management?

Write a Resume - Besides resume writing, what is involved in career management?

Resume Writing - What's the first thing I should do before writing my resume?

Resume Writing - What's the first thing I should do before writing my resume?

Resume Writing - If I'm too specific in my resume, will I shut myself out of opportunities?

Resume Writing - If I'm too specific in my resume, will I shut myself out of opportunities?

Resume Writing - How can I identify the key skills needed for jobs I'm interested in when writing a resume?

Resume Writing - How can I identify the key skills needed for jobs I'm interested in when writing a resume?

Resume Writing - After identifying my skills and key words, what do I do next in my resume?

Resume Writing - After identifying my skills and key words, what do I do next in my resume?

Resume Writing - What's the best format for my resume?

Resume Writing - What's the best format for my resume?

Resume Writing - How long should my resume be?

Resume Writing - How long should my resume be?

Resume Writing - Shouldn't I start my resume with an objective?

Resume Writing - Shouldn't I start my resume with an objective?

Resume Writing - What are some of the biggest mistakes made in the summary section of a resume?

Resume Writing - What are some of the biggest mistakes made in the summary section of a resume?

Resume Writing - Should I put as many achievements as I can on my resume?

Resume Writing - Should I put as many achievements as I can on my resume?

Resume Writing - Do recruiters read resume summaries, or do they go straight to the work experience?

Resume Writing - Do recruiters read resume summaries, or do they go straight to the work experience?

Resume Writing - What should my resume introduction be?

Resume Writing - What should my resume introduction be?

Resume Writing - How creative can I be with my resume summary?

Resume Writing - How creative can I be with my resume summary?

Resume Writing - What is a personal brand?

Resume Writing - What is a personal brand?

Resume Writing - What can I do to make the work experience section on my resume as strong as possible?

Resume Writing - What can I do to make the work experience section on my resume as strong as possible?

Resume Writing - What if I have no accomplishments for a particular job to put on a resume?

Resume Writing - What if I have no accomplishments for a particular job to put on a resume?

Resume Writing - Should I list all of my job duties on a resume?

Resume Writing - Should I list all of my job duties on a resume?

Resume Writing - How long should the experience portion of my resume be?

Resume Writing - How long should the experience portion of my resume be?

Resume Writing - What if I'm a new graduate, or have no experience in the job I'm applying for?

Resume Writing - What if I'm a new graduate, or have no experience in the job I'm applying for?

Resume Writing - If I've held similar jobs in the past, will I sound repetitious in my resume?

Resume Writing - If I've held similar jobs in the past, will I sound repetitious in my resume?

Resume Writing - How do I list accomplishments in my resume?

Resume Writing - How do I list accomplishments in my resume?

Resume Writing - Do employers get nervous if they see big time gaps in a resume?

Resume Writing - Do employers get nervous if they see big time gaps in a resume?

Resume Writing - What if my work experience on my resume doesn't reflect what I want to do now?

Resume Writing - What if my work experience on my resume doesn't reflect what I want to do now?

Resume Writing - What else should I change on my resume if I want to change careers?

Resume Writing - What else should I change on my resume if I want to change careers?

Resume Writing - If I was fired from my last job, how do I deal with this in my resume?

Resume Writing - If I was fired from my last job, how do I deal with this in my resume?

Resume Writing - If a job is beyond my qualifications, how can I make sure my resume screens me in?

Resume Writing - If a job is beyond my qualifications, how can I make sure my resume screens me in?

Resume Writing - What things on a resume do people really worry about, but shouldn't?

Resume Writing - What things on a resume do people really worry about, but shouldn't?

How do I find out about suitable salaries?

How do I find out about suitable salaries?

How do I discuss the salary question?

How do I discuss the salary question?

How should I consider myself in regards to my career?

How should I consider myself in regards to my career?

What's the best way to prepare for an interview?

What's the best way to prepare for an interview?

Should I ask questions at the end of an interview?

Should I ask questions at the end of an interview?

What should I do to improve my chances of acing interviews?

What should I do to improve my chances of acing interviews?

What can I do to avoid getting nervous in interviews?

What can I do to avoid getting nervous in interviews?

What kind of questions might surprise me?

What kind of questions might surprise me?

What kind of questions can I expect during interviews?

What kind of questions can I expect during interviews?

Is it important to network when I'm not job hunting?

Is it important to network when I'm not job hunting?

What mistakes do people make when networking?

What mistakes do people make when networking?

What resources, tools or strategies can I use in my job search?

What resources, tools or strategies can I use in my job search?

What should I do online once I've found a job?

What should I do online once I've found a job?

What can I do online to help my job search?

What can I do online to help my job search?

What can I do to maximize my resume's effectiveness online?

What can I do to maximize my resume's effectiveness online?

Is the internet a helpful tool in job hunting?

Is the internet a helpful tool in job hunting?

Resume Writing - What things on a resume do people really worry about, but shouldn't?

Resume Writing - What things on a resume do people really worry about, but shouldn't?

Resume Writing - If a job is beyond my qualifications, how can I make sure my resume screens me in?

Resume Writing - If a job is beyond my qualifications, how can I make sure my resume screens me in?

Resume Writing - If I was fired from my last job, how do I deal with this in my resume?

Resume Writing - If I was fired from my last job, how do I deal with this in my resume?

Resume Writing - What else should I change on my resume if I want to change careers?

Resume Writing - What else should I change on my resume if I want to change careers?

Resume Writing - What if my work experience on my resume doesn't reflect what I want to do now?

Resume Writing - What if my work experience on my resume doesn't reflect what I want to do now?

Resume Writing - Do employers get nervous if they see big time gaps in a resume?

Resume Writing - Do employers get nervous if they see big time gaps in a resume?

Resume Writing - How do I list accomplishments in my resume?

Resume Writing - How do I list accomplishments in my resume?

Resume Writing - If I've held similar jobs in the past, will I sound repetitious in my resume?

Resume Writing - If I've held similar jobs in the past, will I sound repetitious in my resume?

Resume Writing - What if I'm a new graduate, or have no experience in the job I'm applying for?

Resume Writing - What if I'm a new graduate, or have no experience in the job I'm applying for?

Resume Writing - How long should the experience portion of my resume be?

Resume Writing - How long should the experience portion of my resume be?

Resume Writing - Should I list all of my job duties on a resume?

Resume Writing - Should I list all of my job duties on a resume?

Resume Writing - What if I have no accomplishments for a particular job to put on a resume?

Resume Writing - What if I have no accomplishments for a particular job to put on a resume?

Resume Writing - What can I do to make the work experience section on my resume as strong as possible?

Resume Writing - What can I do to make the work experience section on my resume as strong as possible?

Resume Writing - What is a personal brand?

Resume Writing - What is a personal brand?

Resume Writing - How creative can I be with my resume summary?

Resume Writing - How creative can I be with my resume summary?

Resume Writing - What should my resume introduction be?

Resume Writing - What should my resume introduction be?

Resume Writing - Do recruiters read resume summaries, or do they go straight to the work experience?

Resume Writing - Do recruiters read resume summaries, or do they go straight to the work experience?

Resume Writing - Should I put as many achievements as I can on my resume?

Resume Writing - Should I put as many achievements as I can on my resume?

Resume Writing - What are some of the biggest mistakes made in the summary section of a resume?

Resume Writing - What are some of the biggest mistakes made in the summary section of a resume?

Resume Writing - Shouldn't I start my resume with an objective?

Resume Writing - Shouldn't I start my resume with an objective?

Resume Writing - How long should my resume be?

Resume Writing - How long should my resume be?

Resume Writing - What's the best format for my resume?

Resume Writing - What's the best format for my resume?

Resume Writing - After identifying my skills and key words, what do I do next in my resume?

Resume Writing - After identifying my skills and key words, what do I do next in my resume?

Resume Writing - How can I identify the key skills needed for jobs I'm interested in when writing a resume?

Resume Writing - How can I identify the key skills needed for jobs I'm interested in when writing a resume?

Resume Writing - If I'm too specific in my resume, will I shut myself out of opportunities?

Resume Writing - If I'm too specific in my resume, will I shut myself out of opportunities?

Resume Writing - What's the first thing I should do before writing my resume?

Resume Writing - What's the first thing I should do before writing my resume?

Write a Resume - Besides resume writing, what is involved in career management?

Write a Resume - Besides resume writing, what is involved in career management?

Write a Resume - Why have there been so many changes in resume writing?

Write a Resume - Why have there been so many changes in resume writing?

How to Write a Resume

How to Write a Resume

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Does emailing mean that your cover letter can be more informal?

How should I deliver my cover letter?

How should I deliver my cover letter?

Can I use my cover letter to tailor my experience to the job?

Can I use my cover letter to tailor my experience to the job?

What should I do if they ask about salary?

What should I do if they ask about salary?

What do I put in my cover letter without repeating my resume?

What do I put in my cover letter without repeating my resume?

Do I need to send a cover letter with every resume?

Do I need to send a cover letter with every resume?

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Louise Kursmark

Resume Writer and Career Consultant, Best Impression Career Services, Inc.

www.yourbestimpression.com  

781-944-2471

Louise Kursmark, MRW, JCTC, CEIP, CCM One of the leading resume-writing experts in the United States, Louise is an authority on a wide range of career and employment issues. She has written 18 books about resume writing, interviewing, and job search and has been featured and quoted in countless online, print, and broadcast publications. Her passion is helping people “tell their story” in a way that is compelling, memorable, and relevant. As founder and president of Best Impression Career Services, Inc., Louise works directly with senior executives in career transition. She is also a founding board member of the Career Management Alliance, was the first person worldwide to earn the prestigious “Master Resume Writer” credential, and is a 6-time winner of "best resume" awards from two different professional associations.

Resume Writing - After identifying my skills and key words, what do I do next in my resume?

Resume expert Louise Kursmark discusses what to do next in your resume.

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Host: Now, that I have identified my skills and key words what do I do next  when writing a resume?

Louise Kursmark: Well, I think one of the things to think about before you start writing your resume and we are almost there, the first thing to think about is what structure is the resume going to take and there are two kind of basic, fundamental structures for resume development and those are chronological and functional. The functional resume has a lot of appeal for people because it allows you to group your skills under common title. You might describe your leadership skills and then include those in a series of bullet points and your management skills and perhaps, your technical skills. It makes sense because you can pull from all areas of your life; whether your work life, your hobbies, your schooling, to create a strong skill summary. You think that employers are going to really like that because it shows that you have that, those specific skills that they are looking for. The only problem with the functional resume is that employers really don t like it because they can t tell where, when and how you actually, acquired those skills and used those skills. They like to know more specifically, the companies you worked at, the job titles that you held, how long you were there, what your scope of responsibility was and then they can better understand those skills within the context of your job. So, the chronological resume in which you list each employer, current first, walking backwards is the most preferred by employers and I do recommend that in most cases. A lot of times, nowadays, we use what's called a hybrid resume. That means we include a strong summary or introduction that allows us to highlight key skills, key accomplishments, key Wow achievements of your career and then go into the chronology so that employers can determine in some detail where you worked and what you did in your position.