If you’re among the millions of Americans who have found themselves without work during this unprecedented time, now could be an opportunity to reinvent yourself. As you begin a job search in what will probably be a highly-competitive market, a critical part of this process will be updating your resume. With this in mind, we’ve put together three great ways to help you craft a quality resume.

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1. Create Multiple Versions

If you’re seeking multiple types of jobs at once, there’s no one-size-fits-all story. You need to rearrange, omit, and spin relevant histories and talents based on the job requirements.

Start with the job category. Include relevant information about your past positions based on the type of job you’re applying for. End with skills that make you look like a good fit for the job. Repeat this process with other versions of your resume, and you’ll have an arsenal of helpful templates from which to draw for future applications.

2. Include Relevant Keywords

Hiring managers often rely on software that scans resume Word documents or PDFs and filters for applicable terms you may have included in your resume. When you upload your resume to a website, it may be scanned for keywords, too, placing your name in a “yes” or “no” list of candidates.

Remember that you’re more likely to get an interview if you use a resume that is better tailored to the job to which you’re applying. As you tell your story, be sure to include words that are specific to your prospective position. Start with the most applicable version of your resume from Step 1, and try to mirror the language used in the job description. For example, if you’ve used specific software that the job may require, make sure to mention it.

3. The Resume Leads to the Interview

Keep in mind that resumes are just one of the first steps on the path toward getting your next job. That path leads toward another important stop: the interview.

While you mention your strengths in your resume, don’t overstuff it with details you can save for the interview. Just because you have other activities outside of work that you want to share, that doesn’t mean they need to take up valuable real estate on your resume.

Hiring managers often deal with dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes. Don’t make yours harder to read because it runs longer than it needs to. Begin with your most recent position and accomplishments and stick to that path. Keep it relevant, short, and sweet so you stand out as an optimal candidate.

Your resume is the most important biography you may write. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated it, now’s your chance. Craft a quality resume with the three tips we just covered, and you may be well on your way to a job interview.


13 Comments

  1. Surina Tucker on December 14, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I have no pass experience and my work history

    • Betty on December 18, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      It may help if you can talk about any relevant coursework, did any volunteer work, or highlight any past work experience or skills that are transferable to the job of interest.

  2. Wayne Hilliard on December 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I don’t have any good job references because I jus came Home from Prison In June.. I have been gone for 6years and im tryna Work .. Please help me with the resume.
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  3. teddy terezis on February 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I need work and im a hard worker that lerns fasi.thank you.

  4. teddy terezis on February 6, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Im a hard worker and vgery dependable my last job lasted 23 years.

    • teddy terezis on February 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Ive trained alot of people in this area how to be a bellman doorman driver and now they work for other hotels or transportation departments in our area.I think doing other jobs i would have good skills to start with from my experiances.Thank for your time/

  5. Carl Edward Arrington on March 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Don’t now how to right a resume i need help

    • Jessica S. on March 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Carl,

      If you are having trouble writing your own resume, as many do, I would recommend seeking a professional service to assist you. For a small fee, you can work with a professional resume writer who will do the work for you! This is often a great way to get a job very quickly, because a professional knows all the things that an employer will be looking at on your resume. I hope this helps!

  6. Tonya Lawson on May 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I need help I haven’t worked in over 10 years. I don’t know what to put down on a resume.

  7. Camille Parra on May 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Have certificates in Horticultural,General Business, Maintenance and I also have a Ged Diploma 2008 Graduate USA citizen also.

  8. Betty Smith on May 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    My first resume written. I may need some constructive criticism. It will be gladly accepted. Thank you, Betty Smith

  9. Tim Reynolds on June 21, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Betty. I’m attempting to update my resume. Where can I find good and current samples?

  10. judy on September 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I have heard from many folks to include the buzz words for your field on your resume. How would you figure out what words are going to stand our and which will not? I guess I will google this. Best and thanks, Judy

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