Resume Writing Tip 1 – Understand what you are trying to achieve.

Many professional resume writers will try to make you believe otherwise but the simple truth is that no resume or any resume writing tip will ever secure the job for you. The role of your resume is to get you an interview.

Having said that, the very first step in landing that ideal job is to write a professional resume and covering letter. Without those two most primary of introductions, there most likely won’t be a first interview!

You may wonder why I talk about a ” professional resume – the answer is quite simple;
When it comes to resumes there is no middle ground, your resume will either get you an interview, or it won’t. A professional resume should compel your prospective employer to give you an interview.

What to expect from this site.

This web site will give you all the resume writing tips and advice you need to make sure that you get that all important interview. I will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to create a professional resume.

When searching the net for resume writing tips, free resume examples, and help on resume covering letters it is very easy to get confused and lose a lot of time going from one web site to the next. I have designed this site to give you all the help you need concentrated in ONE place.

By simply following the resume writing tips given throughout this site you will DRAMATICALLY improve your resume and thereby your chances of successfully landing interview after interview.

Why me, why this site?

By now you will hopefully have asked yourself what qualifies me to provide you with resume (and job interview) advice? This is an important question since it appears that “every man and his dog” seems to be a resume expert out on the internet.

For the past 9 years I have been the Managing Director of a very successful engineering and consulting firm. During this time I’ve looked at hundreds of resumes in order to find good quality candidates. Believe me when I tell you that by now I know exactly what kind of information a resume should contain to get the attention of the reader.

Any manager worth his salt will tell you that the secret to success is to gather the best possible team around you. To help me compile these resume writing tips I’ve involved two additional people.

My wife is a Human Resources consultant with more than 14 years experience. She has worked for big name consultant firms as well as large employers. As a result she has extensive experience reviewing resumes and conducting interviews (this is a large part of what HR does). By asking her to help me with this site you get the benefit of knowing how to approach HR, what to do, what not to do, how to ensure you get noticed – the ultimate “inside track”.

Finally, the last member of my “team” is published author Julie Ann Amos. Do yourself a favor and “Google” Julie Ann Amos – (by that I mean type Julie Ann Amos into Google and see the results that come back). You will find she has written a number of published books on the subject of writing resumes and how to handle job interviews. The articles and books available from this site incorporates “the latest and greatest” material from Julie Ann. She is the co-author of the two books we’ve put together.

Enough about me – let’s get back to your resume

Employers are forever on the lookout for the resume that jumps out at them. And I am not just talking about being fancy and pretty to look at…
More than anything, employers are looking to be impressed! Reading your resume, they want to be able to feel that YOU are the right candidate for the job. Your resume needs to do this without your prospective employer ever setting eyes on you!

Your resume is not about compelling drama or clever prose; it should be a few simple pages, expertly written, containing information that is all about you.

Next Steps…

Let’s get started! Simply work your way through the rest of this site – it will give you all the resume writing tips you need. These include;

  • Free Resume Examples – great for getting started but you should avoid certain pitfalls. What to look out for and how to use them.
  • How to write a free resume – a step-by-step guide to help you break writer’s block and create the perfect resume. A choice selection of the best resume writing tips available anywhere.
  • Resume templates – Some samples and guidelines on designing your own (it is easier than you think…)
  • Resume cover letters – your covering letter creates your “first impression”, make sure it is positive…
  • Resume format – should the format of your resume be Chronological, Functional or a combination of the two?
  • Sample resume objectives – should you use/include a resume objective at all? See this link for the latest trends when it comes to resume objectives.
  • Resume Power Words – use these resume writing tips to add some punch to your resume.
  • Electronic resumes – how are they different and what should you do?
  • Resume thank you letters – Do not forget this important resume writing tip.