When it comes to cooking up an effective resume, there are a few essential ingredients. Individually, they tell a broken and murky history of your past. But put them together and you’ll craft a complete story of your relevant qualifications. Follow this recipe for a resume that will land you a job.
3 cups employment history (diced into what’s most relevant)
1 cup education
5-10 related skills
A Handful of keywords from the job description
Top with contact information and professional links to taste
- Start by preheating a blank document with a simple layout, sans-serif font and, clear headings. We love these free resources for resume templates:
- Next, add in your employment history. It’s important to note that you don’t have to include ALL of your past jobs.
- Dice it up into the 3 or 4 most relevant positions to the job to which you are applying.
- Fold in your education. No need to include high school information; stick to college and above. When it comes to details, less is more! List your school, major, and dates of attendance. Skip GPA and relevant coursework unless you’re applying for an internship.
- Once your background is fully prepped, sprinkle in a handful of keywords from the job description. Of course, only include keywords that apply to you. Adding relevant keywords will help push your resume through ATS and screening recruiters.
- Last, top with contact information and any relevant professional links. We recommend leaving your address off, so only include your name, phone number, and email address. Professional links could include your portfolio, LinkedIn profile, or virtual resume.
- Let your resume bake for at least 10 minutes, then come back to proofread. We recommend utilizing a service like Grammarly to check for any spelling or grammatical errors.
An optional (but recommended) additional step is to send your completed resume to a trusted confidant for editing. This could be a mentor, ex-coworker, parent, or friend. Just be sure to emphasize that you are looking for honest feedback! Ensuring it’s free of embarrassing grammatical errors is the perfect last step of cooking a recipe for a resume.
A recipe for success
There you have it, a perfect recipe for a resume that will land you a job! If you are looking for more resume advice, check out our blog. We have hundreds of helpful tips, tricks, and advice to help make your job search a success!