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[Word Wise] “I Need a Resume!” What to Do and Where to Begin
July 11, 2013

Word Wise Newsletter

Helping You and Your Organization Get Powerful Results With Words

Volume 9, Number 7 ... ISSN: 1933-9690

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FEATURE: “I Need a Resume!” What to Do and Where to Begin

Whether you need a resume for the first time or you’re updating yours after years in the employment market, it’s easy to put off the task because you don’t know where to start. You may simply toss together a resume just so you have something to submit to a potential employer, when you could have presented a stronger profile of your skills and experience.

Fear not! You can write a strong resume when you know what steps to take to get the ball rolling. Here are a few of them.

  • Know the parts that make up a resume: your contact information, your job target, your qualifications summary, experience, and special skills. Understanding these different sections lets you begin to think about ways to record your experience.
  • Gather your information in one place. Use this nifty Resume Worksheet to help guide you through organizing and recording your data logically. You can work on one section at a time, gaining a feeling of accomplishment as you complete each one. And you can keep this worksheet on file, too, adding to it over time as you accumulate more experience.
  • Choose your resume format. Chronological? Functional? Combined? Take this quiz to find out which layout presents your skills and experience best.
Writing a resume is a fluid process. You can even have more than one resume to use to submit to different kinds of employers. The main step you need to take is to simply get started writing yours. Check out more resume writing tips to help.


Easy (and Quick) Resume Writing Tip

As you list each job you have held, write a short phrase or paragraph describing your responsibilities in that particular position. Use active, descriptive verbs. Quantify your skills and experience with numbers, facts and statistics: "Managed a sales force of 15; increased revenue by 17% over a 6 months."


More About Writing a Resume that Lands You the Job …

3 Resume Writing Formats Free Resume Worksheet to Build Your Resume Resume Writing FAQs


Finally . . . A Wise Word

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), American author and lecturer

Read more wise words about persistence.

That’s it for now. See you next time

Until then ... happy writing!

Kathy with Nonprofit Copywriter
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