Larry Polhill of Café Valley: Writing a Resume

For Larry Polhill of Café Valley, there’s nothing worse than reading a badly-written resume. How a resume is put together says a lot about the applicant. If you can’t even be bothered to write an ‘acceptable’ resume, why then should the employer ask you to come in for an interview? Remember that your resume is a reflection of you—it’s a written representation of who you are, so unless you put in the time and effort to create a good resume, don’t expect to receive a lot of calls for interviews.

What makes a good resume?

A good resume should have all the necessary information about you, highlighting details that are related to the position you are applying for. However, a common mistake made by applicants is narrating the entire story of their life. You want your resume to be concise and direct to the point. Use straight and simple words; your resume isn’t the right avenue for boasting about all the “big” words that you know—about how above average your vocabulary is.

Make it short and sweet

When a prospective employer looks at your resume, the first thing that they will see is your headline. This headline should be no more than a few sentences and it should be able to give the employer an idea of your skills and your field of expertise.

After the headline, you may jump right in and start listing your work experiences. Your professional background should always come before your personal and educational background.

Bullet points are good for itemizing specific details about the previous positions that you held and the responsibilities and/or experiences related to each one of them. When you use bullet points, make sure that they are consistent throughout the resume. And make sure that the spacing, margins, font style and size are consistent as well.

Mention certificate courses, trainings, seminars and continuing education courses (if applicable) that you completed.

Larry Polhill of Café Valley will discuss details of a resume in a more in-depth post for the reader’s benefit.

Edit and proofread

Go over your resume three to four times or until you’re satisfied. Edit for details and proofread for errors. Submitting a resume with glaring grammatical errors is the surest way for you to not even be considered for an interview.

There are websites that can help you with your grammar check, and these are usually free so take advantage of them. It would also be a good idea to have someone go over your resume; a friend or a family member.

Likewise, there are websites that allow you to download resume templates. You can use these for reference to help you write your resume.

The point is to spend some time developing your resume until you’re satisfied with the results. Always make sure to update your resume, and write it in a way that will let the employer know that you’ve got the skills, experience, and expertise for the job.

Please stay tuned for more posts on writing resumes from Larry Polhill of Café Valley.