Career Resources

Resume Writing Tips

1. Resume for someone with no experience:

2. Use a target job title.

It’s important that the position you want is easily identifiable on your resume—and there’s no better way to ensure that than to put it plainly at the top of the document. This gives the manager the information he or she needs to know—exactly the position you want.

3. Create a professional summary statement.

Create a one-line statement that sums up the expertise, benefit, or value you offer a potential employer, and put that beneath your job title. It should be concise and communicate value.

4. Don’t list experiences – describe accomplishments.

It requires more thought and effort to include accomplishments on your resume than to just list experiences. But the accomplishments show a hiring manager what you can do – not just what experiences you’ve had.

5. Quantify and qualify accomplishments.

Your accomplishments on the job are what will differentiate you from the next candidate. It’s also what will help demonstrate you are the best candidate for the job.

6. Actually read and try to understand the job you’re applying for.

First things first: Sit down with a highlighter and really read the job description. Go through and highlight the points that seem important (think the ones that are mentioned repeatedly or anything that’s slightly out of the ordinary) and the points that you could speak to with your experience and skills.

7. Check to see if it’s clear why you are applying.

Finally, your last quick assessment to make sure you’ve successfully tailored your resume is to see if someone else—like a friend or mentor—can explain why you’re interested in the position just based on reading your resume. If your friend can’t make out why you’re applying or how you’re a good fit, then more tailoring is likely needed.

8. Don’t freak out if you have no relevant experience.

Whether you’re fresh out of college or switching to a brand-new industry, you can help bolster your lack of relevant work experience by listing your transferable skills, related side projects, and relevant coursework.

9. Don’t use more than two fonts.

And really, it’s best to stick to one basic font. Unless you’re a designer and know a lot about typography, it’s easy to choose fonts that clash or are distracting.

10. Get help online.

Use websites like ResumeWay (resumeway.com) for templates.

11. Emphasize your personal brand.

Write about your personal brand strengths throughout your resume. Here are some ways to get ideas:

  • Ask others what they value in you and how you work.
  • Look for accomplishments on old performance evaluations.
  • Consider assessments to gain a deeper understanding of ways you can describe your strengths.