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Use a Resume Worksheet to Build Your Resume

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“I need a resume.” A resume worksheet solves the problem of what information you need to create one.

You will likely need a resume at various junctures in your life. And if you have a way with words, then friends and family will call upon you to write theirs. Clients, too. (And you can charge them!)

A typical resume - no matter what format you use - includes six kinds of information: contact information, job target, qualifications, experience, education, and special skills. On top of that, you want to gather references. A good resume worksheet guides you through collecting all of that content. 

When To Use a Resume Worksheet Builder

resume worksheet is helpful for building your resume if you're ...

  • New to the job market: maybe you're looking for your first job or you're a new grad. Creating your first resume can seem overwhelming.
  • Updating your work history: you're in line for a promotion or you've been with the same employer for a long time. What should you include in your resume?
  • Returning to the job market after a hiatus: you may not remember what pieces of information you need for a new resume.
  • Changing careers: how can your new resume properly reflect all the transferable skills you've acquired?
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A Resume Worksheet Helps You Gather and Organize Data

Whether you’re building a resume for the first time or you’re updating yours after years in the employment market,  a resume worksheet builder is a good place to get started.

  • It is a place to gather your information in one place.
  • It removes the panic, frustration, fear, worry, distress, and a host of other not-so-fun elements out of putting together your resume.
  • It guides you through each section of your resume and explains what to list.
  • It helps you organize your professional experience in an orderly manner.
  • It’s a good tool to use if you don’t want to put together your information in one sitting ... or if you need to do some research and come back to record it ... or if you simply like to work in short sections at a time.
  • It's a tool to use both now and later. Update the worksheet as you accumulate experience over the weeks, months, and years.

Use a Resume Worksheet for Yourself - and Others

You can complete a worksheet builder and put it in the hands of a resume writer. (They will ask you for the information anyway.)

You can also fill out a resume worksheet and use it on your own to build your own resume. And you can give the worksheet to others to complete and then use the content to create resumes for them.

The version I use for myself and for clients is reusable. You can fill in the fields online. And you can use it again and again as you update your resume ... or create a completely new one for a different position. If you want to save yourself aggravation, be organized, and create a winning resume, then use a resume builder.  (Get the Reusable Resume Builder I use here.)

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