Beginner’s Guide on How to Write a Resume

You must first select how you will construct your resume before you begin working on it. You shouldn’t use a basic text editor, either. While this is the most often used approach for producing a resume, it is far from ideal.

You’ll need to spend hours experimenting with the formatting of a simple text editor resume. You make a small adjustment, and your resume’s whole layout is screwed up.

 We recommend using a resume builder instead. Getting an interview is a race against the clock since countless people have already created their resumes and applied for your dream job. How can you beat them and get that job? Here’s how to enhance the effectiveness of your Resume.

Choose the Right Resume Format:

The chronological, functional, and hybrid (also known as combination resume) resume formats are the most common. A hybrid resume structure, which emphasizes abilities and work experience equally, is the ideal option for most job seekers. In other situations, though, a chronological or functional resume may be preferable.

The option you choose is determined by the sort of job you’re applying for as well as your degree of experience.

1. Chronological Format:

This is the most common resume format, and it’s best for those who have a lot of relevant job experience for the position they seek.


  • Recruiters are familiar with it.
  • Highlights advancements in one’s profession.
  • The need of appropriate work experience is emphasized.


  • This shows employment gaps.
  • Doesn’t focus heavily on skills and abilities.

Best for:

Job searchers are looking for a job that is extremely relevant to them.

2. Functional Format:

The skills-based/ functional format is a preferable alternative if you lack relevant job experience as a student or recent graduate, or if you want to change careers.


  • It focuses on your abilities and skills.
  • Work experience is reduced.


  • Recruiters don’t like it.
  • Work experience is not included.

Best for:

Those looking for jobs who haven’t had any relevant experience.

3. Combination/ Hybrid Format:

For job searchers with a wide range of skills, a combination resume is a great option. It’s beneficial if you’re looking for a job that needs knowledge of three or four different fields and you want to demonstrate it all on your resume.


  • Emphasizes both skills and experience equally.
  • There is enough of room for resume keywords.
  • This format combines the finest features of both chronological and functional formats.


Gaps on a Resume cannot be hidden.

Best for:

The majority of job seekers.

Resume Layout

The formatting of any resume is the first thing a job recruiter observes.

  • If you truly feel it will offer substantial value, you should only go for two pages. HR managers at large corporations receive 1,000 or more resumes every month. They aren’t going to waste their time reading about your life!
  • Choose one heading (for example, H2) and utilize it for all section headings.
  • There is a lot of white space, especially around the margins.
  • Font that is simple to read. We recommend focusing on what stands out, but not excessively.
  • Choose the appropriate font size. As a general guideline, regular text should be 11 to 12 font size, while section headings should be 14 to 16 font size.
  • Save your resume as a PDF. Although Word is a popular option, it is likely to mess up your resume layout.

What to Put on a Resume?

1. Add Contact Information

The “contact information” part of your resume is the most important. Even if everything else on your resume is perfect, you won’t get very far if the HR manager can’t contact you because you misspelled your email.

Make sure your contact information area is double-checked, if not triple-checked, to ensure everything is proper and up-to-date.

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Location (City, State, Zip Code)
  • Email Address
  • LinkedIn profile URL

Here are a few extra tips!

  • Always provide a personal phone number rather than a business phone number.
  • Your complete address isn’t required, but you should provide your city, state, and zip code. Recruiters frequently look for applicants in their immediate area initially.
  • Use an email address that has a professional tone to it. If you’re presently using an old email provider like Hotmail for your job search, consider opening a free Gmail account.
  • Make a compelling LinkedIn profile and put the URL on your resume.

What not to include in this section?

  • It is not necessary for the HR manager to know your age. It has little impact on their decision-making, and at worst, it might lead to age discrimination.
  • There is no reason to provide your picture, because the HR manager doesn’t need to know your physical appearance to judge your application, there’s no reason to provide it.
  • Do not use an unprofessional email address.

2. Resume Headline

A resume headline is a one-line description of your qualifications as a candidate. A well-written headline can capture a recruiter’s interest and convince them to go further into your qualifications.

Your resume’s headline is a brief but impactful addition, and it’s frequently the first thing a recruiter sees. Make the most of the chance to make a good first impression.

 Few tips!

  • Include work-related keywords, preferably the job title.
  • Keep it brief. Try to keep your sentences around 10 words.
  • Make the headline stand out visually by using title case (capitalizing the first letter of each word) and adjusting the font.

3. Detailed Work Experience

The job experience portion of your resume is its heart and soul. Employers carefully examine this area to see if your work history and previous successes qualify you as a viable prospect.

That’s why it’s crucial to include not just your current duties but also your previous work experience. The job experience area is your opportunity to demonstrate to recruiters and hiring managers how you have brought value to previous companies.

The job titles you’ve had and the level of organizations you’ve worked with are the first items a recruiter looks for on your resume. Stick to a familiar structure to make this information easy to discover.

Each job should have its own subheading with the information listed below:

  • Company
  • Job location
  • Your job title
  • Start and end dates

Few extra tips!

  • Use a standard section title such as “Work Experience,” “Professional Experience,” or “Job History.”
  • Wherever possible, include measurable outcomes.
  • Include as many relevant skills and keywords as possible from the job description.
  • Make sure to personalize the information in this area for each job you apply for.

4. Keywords and Important Skills

When reading a Resume or looking through an applicant tracking system, recruiters seek for keywords that are relevant to them. Your Resume will be better optimized if it contains more role-specific keywords—often hard skills.

It’s critical to highlight important skills across your whole resume, starting with your headline, which should include the most important keyword: the job title, if at all possible. If you’re using a hybrid format, you may also put skills in a separate skills section of your resume.

5. Education and Certificates

It’s standard practice to list your education on a resume, especially if you’re looking for a position that needs a degree. If you’re only a few years into your work, the education portion of your resume might be pushed to the bottom.

Unless you’re looking for a profession that places importance on education (such as academics, law, or medicine), most job seekers may get away with just include the information listed below on their resume.


Make use of a good resume builder. You don’t want to waste hours messing with formatting before even beginning to work on your Resume!

Concentrate on your achievements. To set yourself apart from the other applicants, focus on your achievements rather than your responsibilities.

Include the sections that are required. That is, the summary of your resume, your job experience, your education, and your skills.

That is, the summary of your resume, your job experience, your education, and your skills. for the job. Your resume should include information that is relevant to the position you are looking for.

Make your cover letter-perfect. It’s just as essential as your Resume, so pay close attention to it!

Look for errors and grammatical mistakes. Editing your resume is extremely important.

-Isabell S.

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