How to Write a Basic Resume

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 pass the recruiting robots, and is impressive to the recruiter.

1. 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 is the first section of your resume that a recruiter will see. You want to provide them 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.


2. Contact Information


Your name should be the biggest, most visible portion of your resume. Be sure to add your phone number, email address, city and state of residence, and applicable social channels links such as your LinkedIn profile and/or portfolio.


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 our your unique contributions and the positive impact it 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.


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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. You want to put continuing education that is relevant to the role you're applying for on your resume.

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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