You’ve probably heard about the importance of customizing your resume for every job description. But what if you don’t have a good base resume to start with? Or maybe you have one, but it could use an overhaul.
Sometimes it’s best to start back at the beginning to make sure your resume is appropriate for the position you are going for.
Here, we’ll walk you through, step-by-step, how to create a resume from scratch so that you can start your job search on the right foot.
Choosing Your Style and Fonts
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There are some general formatting rules that you’ll want to follow. Firstly, go with standard fonts such as Times New Roman or Calibri.
Next, make it no longer than one-page front and back. Additionally, use plenty of white space, and have no more than six bullets per job or experience.
Finally, you should stick to mostly black and white, with possibly one additional color for emphasis.
Choose a Base Format
The standard and most used resume format is reverse chronological. In this type of resume, you list your most recent work experience at the top and then move backward. It is appropriate to only list the last 10-15 years; this commonly involves listing three to five positions.
Another less common format is a functional resume. Functional resumes place emphasis on your relevant skills, rather than your work experience. You would be inclined to use this format if you are just starting out, a recent graduate, or switching fields.
There are also hybrid or combination resumes, which combine elements from reverse chronological and functional resumes. You will want to use this format if you have gaps in your work history. This format lets you highlight your skills without calling attention to any employment breaks.
In most cases, you’ll want to go with the standard reverse chronological format, first mentioned.
What to include in the Header
A header includes essential information that the recruiter or hiring manager needs to understand who you are and how to get in touch with you. It also might include information that can help them get a better idea of your career path, and where you see yourself going.
Ensure that there are no typos in your header because this may prevent whoever’s looking at it from reaching you, which would really set you back in your job search.
In your heading, make sure to include your name, your phone number, and your email address.
There is some question about whether it is still appropriate to include your home address in the header. It would be necessary when applying locally and the work will be in-person.
When applying for a remote position, just listing your city and state should be sufficient.
Additionally, you should list current your job title. Some additional information that is optional to include would be your LinkedIn profile, a website, or any other relevant social media platforms you want to showcase.
Now that you know what to add, let’s go over what you should purposely leave out. A safe rule of thumb is if it isn’t relevant to the position you are applying for then you don’t need to share it.
You can forego adding your date of birth, as well as any photo of yourself, as detailed by US guidelines as means of avoiding certain types of discrimination.
However, if you’re outside of the US you’ll want to check what the etiquette is regarding photos because in some countries it is customary to include them.
What are Summaries and Objectives?
You’ll need to decide whether writing a summary or objective in the header is appropriate for you and the position you are going for. Currently, a summary or objective seems only necessary when you are just starting out, don’t have very much on-the-job experience, or are switching fields.
This section allows you the space to match your skills with the needs of the position you are going for, so they are obvious and clear.
A summary is a two-four sentence summary of your career. It is where you highlight your most relevant skills. It should include numbers and measurable achievements to back up your strengths. It can also include volunteering or other experience that is applicable.
If you are making a career shift, an objective might be more appropriate than a summary.
An objective includes a summary of your work experience, but the bulk of it should be spent describing your goals and reasons for your career change.
In doing this, it’s important that it explains how your knowledge and skills from your previous work are relevant to the field you are entering.
Listed at top of your work experience in bold is your job title, the company name and location, and the dates you worked there.
Underneath each title, you will list your achievements and responsibilities in the role. These descriptions should contain three to six bullet points speaking to your responsibilities. You should always want to show, rather than tell, what your skills are. This can be done by listing percentages, numbers, and specific achievements as much as possible.
In the education section, you should always include the name of institutions attended, your program or major, and the years ended. You can also include relevant courses and academic achievements, honors, or awards. You may also wish to include your GPA but only do this if it is especially high.
Volunteer Experience (Optional)
If you have volunteer experience that is applicable to the field you are entering, it’s a good idea to showcase it on your resume.
This is especially important if you don’t have a ton of relevant work experience. When listing volunteer experience, follow the same format as work experience.
Hard skills are concrete abilities or areas that you have training in. These skills are needed to fulfill specific job duties or tasks.
They are often listed in job descriptions as essential or desired qualifications. Some examples include a specific certification, typing speed, or the ability to speak a foreign language.
Soft skills are difficult to measure with awards and numbers, but this does not mean that they are any less important. In fact, including them on your resume is crucial.
Soft skills are applicable to pretty much any line of work. They are what make others want to work with you and are essential to your success in the workplace. Some examples of soft skills are time management, adaptability, and empathy.
Writing your resume from scratch can feel like a daunting task, but using an email template and following our tips will have you ready for your new job search in no time.
We hope you found this guide useful, and that it made the process of creating your resume less intimidating. For more personalized advice on crafting your resume, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Contact@quardev.com!
As labor-intensive as it can feel, looking for a new job can be very exciting. It’s a fresh start. An opportunity for you to redefine your goals or get closer to the ones you already have.
But it can sometimes be tedious, and can even feel like a full-time job. This is why it’s so important to know what resources are available to you and how to use them.
That’s where we’re here to help. We’ve done the research on different types of job search platforms, so you don’t have to. And we’ve put together a guide to make job searching easier for you.
But before you dive into your search, it’s important that you’ve figured out what you want to do and have prepared for your job search. Check out our recent blogs for support getting through those steps.
If you are ready to get into your job search, keep reading for a guide to some tools available to you.
Networking is a very useful tool for finding jobs and is considered the most successful. Being referred by someone for a position is vastly different than applying, yourself. It always helps to know someone.
However, it’s different from other tools in that it’s an indirect pathway to a job. What we mean by this is that it’s not advisable to ask someone for a job when networking.
The benefit of networking is that it helps you build strong relationships. It also allows you to learn more about others and allows others to learn more about you. This way, when suitable opportunities arise in the future, you will come to mind and be recommended.
If you are unsure of how to find networking events, a good place to start is through alumni networks if you have gone to school or completed a course. Another great option is to look for events relevant to the position you are going for, held in your area through services like Meetup or Eventbrite.
If you don’t have access to events in your area, fear not, once you’ve cleaned up your social profiles (you can join groups or follow people in the position you see yourself in and begin building relationships. Not only will you learn a ton, but you will start to develop a community of people who are rooting for your success.
Here are a few general tips to keep in mind for successful networking:
· Ask questions (remember, you want to get to know them too)
· Offer your unique insights
· A Thank You goes a long way
· Find reasons to follow up
· Ask for suggestions on expanding your network (the contacts you make will likely have many contacts themselves)
You’re probably familiar with job boards. These are platforms for employers to advertise open positions. They are a popular resource for job seekers. This makes sense. They’re relatively easy to use and cover jobs in many fields and locations. Some popular job boards include Glassdoor, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and you can find many more with a quick search.
Though you should not limit your search by solely using job boards, they are a great option, especially when paired with some of the other resources discussed in this article.
Here are some ways that you can make the most out of job boards:
· Search with keywords (this could mean searching by relevant skills, companies that interest you, or the type of work you’re seeking)
· Refine your search by location or remote options, depending on your preference
· Review their resources (many job boards have additional resources such as salary estimates, employee reviews, resume advice, etc.)
· Set up job match alerts
· Follow up directly (after applying through a board, you can set yourself apart by reaching out directly to the recruiter or hiring manager expressing your interest)
Many companies post job opportunities straight on their websites. This is a great way for you to look for jobs at companies you’re already interested in.
Additionally, if you hear about an opportunity that really captures your attention (through a job board, social media, or some other medium) going straight to their website, rather than applying through other platforms is an efficient and direct approach. It could also help you stand out, as there might be a smaller pool of applicants.
Company websites can also be a great way to learn more about a company. Being familiar with not only the role, but the company itself will be very helpful throughout the application process.
LinkedIn (and other social media)
LinkedIn is a widely used professional network. It is very useful but sometimes overlooked by job seekers. Many employers require you to send your LinkedIn profile along with your resume and cover letter. So, taking the time to update and optimize your LinkedIn profile will be incredibly valuable to your job search.
Here are some ways that you can make the most of the platform:
· Have a professional profile photo
· Have an engaging summary with proper keywords
· Include a complete list of skills, hard skills, and soft skills
· Proofread for errors in grammar and spelling
· Keep your work experience updated
· Include a full detail of your educational background
· List important achievements, certificates, and awards
In addition to polishing your LinkedIn profile, it’s a good idea to be mindful of your social media presence as a whole and clean up your other accounts, or update your privacy settings. Check out our past blog to learn more about managing your personal brand and why it’s important.
There are many advantages of partnering with a recruiter. Recruiters are experts in finding the best-fitting jobs for job seekers because they are so familiar with the client and what they are looking for.
They have intimate knowledge of the requirements needed for each position, with a deep understanding of the culture of the company and what personality types would work best, for both parties. They are matchmakers for your career.
You may find there are some skills and professional development you need before you can acquire your dream job, recruiters can help you develop a plan to achieve your goals.
Recruiters can help you figure out how to get you to the position that you may not be ready for right now. No, they will not recommend you for a position that you are not qualified for, but they can show you the path of how to get there.
In addition, they can help you with your resume, assist in securing interviews, and provide valuable feedback and insights at all steps that you would not normally be privy to on your own. All those times you didn’t hear a peep after an interview would be no longer.
Your recruiter should be able to share with you what went well and what didn’t from the client’s point of view. This is invaluable knowledge because it allows you to learn from each experience; knowledge you can take to the next interview and really wow them.
And even after you’ve been hired, recruiters will continue to check in with you to ensure that you have everything you need to be successful in your new role. Throughout your time with your recruitment firm, your recruiter remains an asset to you and your career path.
You've Got This
There are quite a few things to consider whilst on your job search. The most important thing is for you to know your own limits. Experiencing overwhelm and frustration will not help you in this endeavor.
Take breaks when you need to. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. This can be a long process, but if your goal is set, and you show your true self with all your unique qualities and stellar skills, you will be sure to land the job that is perfect for you.
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Are you looking for a new job, but you’re unsure where to start? If you read our last blog, Not Sure What You Want to Do? Let’s Figure It Out! you are becoming more familiar with your likes and dislikes – this will aid you well here.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but don’t fret–you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you with a successful job search. After following these basic steps, you’ll be on your way to securing your dream job.
Do Your Research
Taking the time to dig deep with your research will set you up for success from the get-go. You can start off by just browsing job titles and descriptions to get a sense of what is available to you. Then, as you get more confident in your job goals and knowledge, you can start to do more targeted searching.
There are many tools and apps designed to aid your search. Make sure you take advantage of networking sites, job search engines, and job banks. Use a focused keyword search to find the job descriptions that best suit you. You will surely find results that interest you by playing around with different search titles and keywords.
Keep it organized
While conducting your job search, there are so many details to keep track of, and it can be challenging to stay on top of them. When your job search becomes disorganized, it may hinder your success, but could also harm your mental clarity. It could cause you to lose track of which jobs you have already applied to, and which still need tending to.
Keeping your job search organized is critically important. It will ensure that you are as efficient as possible with your most precious resource, time. To help make this easier, we have created a free Excel spreadsheet to help keep your job search on track.
Polish your professional profile
Most likely, you have already accumulated some form of a digital footprint. Try Googling your name and see what comes up. Think about the message you want to send to potential employers, and make sure that your professional profile reflects it. This means cleaning up your virtual footprint on any networking websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social media platforms.
Make sure to review your privacy settings on all your social media accounts, so you can be sure who is able to see what. Your personal brand exists whether you are managing it or not, but if you are proactive and thoughtful with it, prospective employers will be able to clearly see just how amazing you are.
Working Your Network
Attending networking events might be something that you do even when you are not job searching; to learn, and to exchange ideas with motivated professionals. The tools you have gained from these events will serve you well in your job search.
During a job search, don’t shy away from attending networking events or reaching out to professionals at organizations you’re interested in. This is a great way to learn more about a job and the company’s culture. It will also help you form connections that will help you stand out.
You don’t have to wait for an event to start networking, these days you can network from your couch. Research people working for the company you are interested in or those who are in the position you are hoping for. Follow them on social platforms and interact with their posts – you could even be so bold as to send them a message! You will be surprised with the responses you get, and any inside information either about the company or the position will be helpful to you.
Prepare for the application process
Make sure that you have everything in line to apply. This is where the information that you found in step one will come in handy. Write or update your resume for each application you submit, keeping in mind the specific organization’s requests and jobs you are targeting. Visit our blog for some advice on customizing your resume to fit a job description.
When reading through a job description, notice the keywords that are used, use those same keywords in your resume and tailor your past experiences to the requirements the company lists.
Choose your references carefully, ideally, they would be professionals who are reliable and can highlight some of the best work you’ve done in the past. Practice any skills that you may be requested to perform to ensure passing any tests with flying colors. You can even practice for your interviews by reading questions that will likely be asked and formulating answers to have on the ready. It is also helpful to have someone perform a mock interview with you so that you can get comfortable answering in front of someone.
Consider working with a recruiter
If you are feeling stuck, recruiters can help you figure out your goals, gain insights into what employers look for, and provide support even after you land a job. If you want more information, check out our blog on the advantages of partnering with a recruiter.
The job search process can be daunting, but eventually, all your hard work will pay off. Stay as focused and positive as possible throughout the process — remember there are many resources out there to help you.
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Searching for a job can feel like a full-time job. It requires quite a bit of time and energy, which can feel exhausting even when you have ample amounts of time to dedicate to it. When you may be already overwhelmed by the demands of your current job and other life-related tasks, carving out the time to hunt for a new job can feel almost impossible. But it does not have to be that way for you. Keep reading to learn how to effectively work a job search into your busy schedule, so that you can continue to grow and evolve.
If you are quite serious about finding a new job, you must pursue it actively. Casually browsing jobs or merely entertaining the idea of applying for a new job is rarely fruitful. Passive job searching is not as productive or efficient as an active search. Your determination here will be a great indicator of how strongly you feel about finding a new job.
Taking a more active approach to your job search can benefit you in two ways. First, it will help you feel more in control of the process. And second, it will help you figure out how serious you are. If you find that your heart is not in it, maybe take a break from the search and work on determining some personal goals, instead. This will make it easier for you to figure out where your path goes from here, and how to start drawing that map. But by giving your job search structure, you can avoid feeling as if the work you are putting in is aimless or fruitless. Using a planner to make a timeline for yourself or creating to-do lists will help keep you on track and will also help you to observe your progress.
It is imperative, regardless of what you are doing, to take breaks and time for yourself. Sure, you feel busier than you ever have, but you should never try to power through each day with minimal breaks. This will lead you to burnout and is not sustainable long-term. Although it might not seem like you have any room left in your schedule, finding time to take breaks is essential to your well-being. Build breaks into your schedule and spend them doing things that re-energize you, whether it is exercising, cooking, or talking to a loved one. No matter what you do, make sure that you are taking time for yourself. Doing so will drastically improve not only your job search stamina but your overall mental health.
Take the Pressure Off
You are only one human being. You only have a certain capacity, and a job search can take a great deal of it. Consider the work you are putting in at your current job; are you going above and beyond? If so, you may have room to dial it back a little. If you are serious about finding a new job, it is time to cut yourself some slack at your current job.
This is not to say that you should shirk your responsibilities and risk bad references or strained relationships with your colleagues and managers. But it is a suitable time to reconsider your boundaries at work, maybe don’t answer work emails after hours, or avoid taking on that extra project. Maintaining appropriate boundaries at work is important regardless of whether you are looking for a new job or not. Dedicate some of your valuable time to setting boundaries to protect your valuable time.
Use your PTO
If you are having trouble balancing your job search with your daily life/work schedule, and you have paid time off available, consider using it. Taking advantage of your PTO is a perfect way to gain the time you need to really focus on looking for a job. If you have longer application tasks, like interviews, taking a day off work will help you to clear your mind of work responsibilities, and really put all your energy into your application process.
Do Not Settle
A job search can feel exhausting, especially when you are also managing the demands of your current job and life, so when you receive an offer, it can be very tempting to take it. But it is crucial that the job you take is really the right choice for you and your life; otherwise, all your time and efforts have been for not. The job hunt takes time, and you will feel fatigued at points. Be kind to yourself and use those moments to check in with your commitment to this process – taking breaks when you need them. You are the decider and the only one who truly knows what is good for you. Do your best not to sell yourself short, the future “you” will thank you.
A job search feels incredibly daunting, but if you stick with it and are true to who you are, eventually, all your arduous work will pay off. You will find the company or path that is right for you – fostering your superpowers and discovering your people. Hang in there! And if you ever need help – we are standing by.