We believe that a good CV or resume can change your life. This is the first thing any admission officer or employer will know about you! If you’ve never written a resume but need to present yourself in the best possible way, there are two options. The first one is to order a resume sample on a student writing app. The second one is to follow the tips below and study the example we provide at the end of the article.
How to write a resume
There are no official rules about what to include in a resume. And it also complicates your work a bit since you have to decide which sections will be most relevant. The resume should cover anything that enhances your credibility in the field you are applying for. Below we have detailed each section that you may need. For more specific recommendations, we recommend looking at one or two samples of a resume of other candidates in your field. Try asking classmates if they can send you their resumes, or see our example of an academic resume below.
6 Tips on how to write a resume
Much of the content of your resume will depend on the position you are applying for. Before we get into the details, here are some general tips.
Tailor your resume to specific opportunities
A resume is a document that includes all of your accomplishments in a specific area of expertise. It takes so long to write it that it can be tempting to rewrite the same document at every opportunity.
However, applicants must demonstrate different skills with each application. It’s important to change the list points under your job titles or educational institutions. For example, if you are an artist applying for a community commission, use a bulleted list to highlight your previous work that has been used for community service.
Learn to use the “resume language”
Compiling a resume is especially difficult for people whose first language is not English, because this document uses a writing style that is not natural. The idea is to cut your accomplishments down to the minimum words needed to describe them. Whenever possible, rely on facts and figures to present your accomplishments rather than describe them.
The “resume language” breaks many of the usual spelling rules in English making it hard to master. The purpose of writing a resume is to make your career path easy to read. By removing any emotion or detail from your professional history, you show that your accomplishments speak for themselves.
Choose a simple template
There are many resume templates available online with beautiful design elements, intricate borders, and interesting colors. Remember the essence of this document: show your authority as clearly as possible. Keeping a simple design is a powerful move. This demonstrates that your professional achievements don’t need pretty packaging to look impressive!
Use a regular, easy-to-read font like Times New Roman and limit the color to black and white. Also, it is best to use the basic format. You can simply separate the passages with a line or write headings in a larger font.
Make sure the formatting is the same everywhere
Format the entire document the same way; otherwise, it will look weird. For example, if you make one of your subheadings bold, you must make sure that all other subheadings are bold as well – even if there is no official rule that you need to make all resume subheadings bold!
Setting up and following your own formatting rules can be tricky, so we recommend using examples like the one below. There are many things to consider when formatting your resume consistently. Here are some of them that deserve special attention:
- Do you put a dot at the end of each item in a bulleted list?
- Do you write numbers in words (one, two) or 1, 2?
- Are all your subheadings in the same font?
- Are all list items aligned on the page?
Most people find it difficult to spot errors or inconsistencies in their own work. Write the first draft of your resume and then review it again a day later. You will certainly see errors that you have not seen before! Ask friends or colleagues to review the document for you. It is also worth saving the document in PDF format, so you will be sure that your file cannot be changed in any way and will get to the employer exactly the way you made it.
Ask someone to check the document
Even if you have good writing skills, it’s always a good idea to ask someone else to proofread your resume. After all, even the most experienced writer can make mistakes while writing a long document!
A proofreader can help you figure out the strange rules of the “resume language.” They will also find any missing determinants—those annoying buzzwords that are difficult to use correctly every time.
Links to social media profiles
In the modern world, social networks are the second face of a person, so in order for the employer to be able to get to know you in absentia and roughly understand what kind of person you are, you should leave links to your profiles. Just be sure to check that there is nothing there that could scare or negatively set the employer in relation to you.
Example of a resume
1300 Clear Brook Dr
Knoxville, Tennessee (TN), 37922
I’m a purposeful and attentive to detail student who has devoted herself entirely to the study of art history. I have an extensive learning experience at the university level. I have published articles in several academic journals and attended a number of noteworthy conferences.
BA History of Art Jun 2019
The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Editor (part time) Aug 2018 – Aug 2019
DailyArt Magazine, remote work, online
I wrote and edited articles about the history of art for the magazine.