Writing a resume can be a very cumbersome task. How long should it be? Should it be creative or traditional? Are there enough keywords? With so much to think about, we have pulled relevant information from a few websites to help you write your best resume.
Content is important no matter what career field you are interested in. CreativeMarket.com provides some tips on what to include in your resume:
- Your Name & Details: Start with your identity and contact info at the top.
- Qualification Summary: Open with an (optional) statement that shows them what your performance and passion can bring to their organization.
- Education: Start with your collegiate education (or most recent education completed i.e. high school), then add on-going, continuing supplemental education, certifications, and related content.
- Professional Work Experience: List jobs starting with most recent; use appropriate action verbs. Be specific and brief as you quantify your responsibilities and accomplishments. Include 'freelance' if you've been doing side projects for clients.
- Skills: Provide technical skills first, followed by relevant creative hobbies and artistic skills that show you're passionate about direct or related interests.
- References: It's fine to put 'available upon request' but be ready to provide them if they request it!
- Use keywords: Include some of the same words and phrases that appear in the job posting in your résumé. The computer or ATS will then recognize them and move your résumé toward the top of the pile because you will be a match. However, don't just copy and paste the job description in your resume!
- Use White Space Liberally: Create at least one-inch margins on your resume. Also, leave some blank space between various sections of the resume's text, so several distinct chunks of information can be seen.
- Stick with Two Fonts at Most: It's tempting to use all of the typefaces at your disposal, but having more than two fonts in any document only lessens its readability. One font is all you really need. If you use two, make sure they complement each other. For example, use one font for the headings and the second font for the body text.
- Use Bullet Points to Emphasize Skills and Accomplishments: Bullets make it easier for employers to scan your resume quickly, since they're intended to grab the reader's eye and lead it to key points you want to make.
Lastly, remember that you can't fit everything on 1 - 2 pages, so if you are looking to get into a creative industry like digital media or graphic design, use sites like YouTube and Vimeo to your advantage. Link to examples of your work right from your resume.