Resume Writing Guide - Tips and Examples

Pile of resumes with glasses and pen.
Peter Dazeley

Do you need to write a resume to apply for jobs? It can be difficult to organize your education, jobs, and experiences into a document that represents you in your best light.

This guide to resume writing includes advice on how to create a professional resume, how to choose an appropriate resume format, how to write customized and targeted resumes, and what to include in your resume, as well as professionally written resume samples, examples, and templates to use to get ideas for your own resume.

Resume Writing Guide

Choose the Best Type of Resume
There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal and professional circumstances, you will need to choose a targeted, chronological, functional, or a combination resume. Review information on each type of resume and tips for how to decide which format will work best for your personal circumstances and work history.

Guidelines for What to Include in a Resume
Resume writing guidelines, including detailed information on what - and what not to include in a resume, fonts, margins, resume formatting, the sections of a resume, plus resume examples and templates.-

How to Create a Professional Resume
Your resume needs to be professional and polished, because if you don't have an attractive resume, your application materials probably won't get a second glance from a hiring manager. Here's how to create a professional resume yourself.

Review Resume Samples and Templates
Review professional resume samples that fit a variety of employment situations and types of jobs. These sample resumes and templates provide job seekers with examples of resume formats that will work for almost every job seeker.

When – and When Not – to Include a Resume Objective
When writing a resume, some people choose to state an objective on their resume, rather than including it in the body of their cover letter.

Here's how and when to include an objective when you're resume writing. Other options to consider are to include a resume profile and/or a headline instead of an objective.

Resume Skills Lists
To get your resume noticed by employers, it’s important to include your most current skills and qualifications. Here’s a list of skills to include in resumes and cover letters including general skills and skills listed by type of job.

Resume Action Verbs List
Get your resume to stand out from the crowd with this list of action verbs to use when writing resumes. Use these verbs when describing the positions you have held instead of simply providing a list of your job duties.

Resume Checklist
This checklist includes everything you need to include in your resume. Use it to make sure you’ve included all the information employers expect to see in a resume.

How to Handle a Resume Gap
Here’s how to explain an employment gap and what to do when you have gaps in your work history.

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