First Steps: Building a better resume

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

A solid resume is a key to landing a job you love. But when it comes to filling the application out, many people find themselves stuck when it’s time to upload their work and education history.

Can one simple document like a resume really make-or-break a job application? Believe it or not, it’s one of the most important components of standing out against your competitors as you vie for attention from prospective employers.

We’ll show you how to craft a better resume, as well as why what you say (or choose not to say) in your application can make all the difference.

Why it’s worth putting effort into your resume.

Without a solid resume, an employer won’t have any idea of what you bring to the table. They won’t be able to gauge whether or not your experience is a good fit for the role, nor will they be able to see how long you worked for in your previous jobs.

All these small details paint a larger picture of you as a worker in the eyes of potential employers. If you want to wow them and land the job you’re looking for, that picture should be as close to a masterpiece as possible.

To get started, you’ll want to make sure your resume looks as professional and polished as possible. We recommend using digital document tools like Word, Apple Pages, or Google Docs due to their ease of use and strong results.

In addition, there’s no shame in using templates for your resume as a jumping-off point. This will give your resume a graphical edge that will help you stand out against other applicants. Just make sure you’re changing some colors or labels so it doesn’t hew too close to the original.

What to say, what not to say

Now that you have a layout or template you like, add in all the necessary details like your name, email address, and phone number to your resume. Following this, you’ll need to provide a brief description of yourself, as well as list your work and education history.

For your description, keep it minimalist and to the point. An overly wordy and flattering portrayal of yourself won’t look very professional. Instead, try something like “Seasoned graphic artist with more than 10 years of experience.” This lists a positive attribute without being over-the-top.

Next, it’s time to list your previous job experience. Here, you’re going to be stating items that reflect positively on your work history and work ethic. Include jobs that you spent a good deal of time at, as well as jobs where you performed well or received acclaim from leadership.

Now here’s something not everyone gets right away: You don’t have to list every single part of your job history as part of your resume. If you have jobs that you were fired from or positions where you received several writeups or complaints from leadership, you don’t need to divulge.

The goal of a resume, after all, is to show why you would be an asset to the company you’re applying to, not a detriment. Just like when you go on a first date with someone new, it’s not in your best interest to share all the skeletons in your closet right off the bat.

Putting it all together

Finally, it’s time to implement your educational credentials at the bottom of your resume. Make sure to include any higher education, accreditation, and high school information here to provide as complete a picture of your background as possible.

But what happens if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend a school or receive accreditation that would qualify you for the role you’re after? That’s exactly where Pursuely comes in, of course.

Our career packages are designed to give anyone looking to chase their aspirations a fighting chance. We provide fully verifiable resume enhancements from over 100 different qualified institutions in a variety of industries and fields. And all can be backed up by our talented staff.

Whether you’re looking for solid references, academic enhancements, or a paper trail of relevant documents, we can assist you in qualifying for the career roles you’re aiming for. And with a better resume in tow, that new job is as good as yours.

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