How to Write a Basic Resume (in its simplest form)

job hunting resumes + cover letters Sep 13, 2020

Crafting a resume that passes both the applicant tracking system (ATS) and recruiter test doesn't have to be hard. With a few basic elements, you can create a resume that is straight to the point, makes it past the recruiting robots, and is impressive to the recruiter.

1. Contact Information

Your contact information should include your name, location, email address (a professional one), phone number, and link to your LinkedIn profile or portfolio.

2. Professional Headline + Summary

Your professional headline and summary should be filled with keyword rich text (words that people will search for and show up on search engines) that says exactly what you do, outlines your value add and the ways in which you can contribute to the company's success.

Your professional summary should provide the recruiter with a quick summary of what they can expect should they continue scanning your resume and what you can do for the organization. What are a few positive adjectives that describes you professionally? How many years of experience do you have related to the job opening? What are your top 3 industry hard and soft- skills that the organization needs? The answers to these questions could help you craft a basic summary.

3. Professional Achievements

Your professional achievements should be the meat and potatoes of your resume. It's simply a series of quantifiable, delivered results that points out your unique contributions and the positive impact they had on the organization. They should also be rich in keywords from the job description with powerful verbs like "implemented", "produced", "developed", "managed", etc. 3-5 delivered results under each of your roles is enough to show the recruiter what you bring to the table.

4. Education

Depending on where you are in your career journey, you may have a variety of formal education. Higher education, certifications, licenses, trainings, relevant courses, etc., are all game.

5. Skills

Your skills section is a variety of keyword rich soft and hard skills that you posses that aligns with what the company is looking for, based on the job description. Soft skills are interpersonal skills such as communication, organization, collaboration, etc. Hard skills are proficiency with systems and software, like Photoshop, Workday, Google Analytics, etc. Make a list of your strongest soft and hard skills and add them to your resume.

6. Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations are organizations or trade groups dedicated to a profession, industry or specialty. These affiliations are positive additions to your resume because not only does it show that you're dedicated to continuous learning, but it also shows that you have a network.

You'll never be able to craft the perfect resume so keep it simple, keep it straight to the point, and keep it relevant to the role you're applying for.

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