Top 10 Questions About Resume Writing
By Mark Swartz
Monster Senior Contributing Writer
The good ol’ resume has been around for decades. It started out simply enough – as a page or two of your background info, either hand-written or typed on a (gasp) typewriter.
Resumes have evolved quite a bit since then. Today employers have expectations of not only what a resume should contain, but also how long it should be, what must be included, and how it should be sent.
If you’re fairly new to job searching, you might have been led to believe that a resume is the document that gets you hired. That’s not precisely how it works. Your resume is indeed the document you use to apply for jobs (along with a customized Cover Letter where appropriate). However the real function of your resume is to impress employers you contact so that they’ll bring you in for a job interview. Read more about Resume 101 fundamentals.
Employers hire people for specific jobs. Each job comes with its own duties and responsibilities. An employer needs to know that you are qualified to do the specific job properly. Some jobs need people who are generalists, such as General Labourer or Handyman. But most jobs are best suited to workers who are specially trained and have the necessary credentials in that line of work. Read more about Resume Strategy: Specialist or Generalist.
8. What Exactly Should I Put On My Resume, And What Should I Leave Out?
7. Why Do I Need To List My Work Achievements, Not Just My Duties And Responsibilities?
6. Which Resume Format Is Best To Use: Chronological, Functional, Mixed, Or CV?
5. What’s The Worst Resume Mistake Ever?
The biggest error of all in putting your resume together is simply this: being sloppy. A careless spelling mistake here. Sending it out in the wrong format. Small bits of sloppiness add up quickly. They can end up getting your resume tossed into the “don’t call us, we’ll call you” pile. Here are three tips to avoid making the worst resume mistake ever.
4. Are There Resume Samples For Different Occupations I Can Access For Free?
There sure are. Monster.ca has a number of resume samples for positions ranging from Administrative Assistant to Investment Banker.
3. Who Can I Get To Review My Resume For Errors Before I Start Sending It To Employers?
You may be a terrific employee but a lousy proofreader. It’s easy to get so close to your own resume that you fail to see that it may not be as effective as it could be. That’s why people decide to reach out for a second opinion, or even a third. You can get others to review your resume for free (trusted friends, recruiters and local career centers), though it may pay dividends to hire a professional resume writer for an experienced opinion.
1. What are “Keywords” And How Do I Use Them In My Resume?