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11. Provide Accurate Contact Information.
Seems obvious, but it’s easy to make mistakes when you’re adding your contact information. Make sure your name, city and state of residence, and phone number are all correct, and that you’re using a professional email address (“firstname.lastname@example.org” won’t cut it). You can also include a link to a portfolio or your LinkedIn page.
22. Create a Compelling Summary Statement.
Avoid the old-fashioned resume objective. Instead, craft a succinct summary that tells the reader what you’re capable of doing for them in fewer than six full lines of text. Consider this your “elevator pitch” to recruiters — a short and sweet overview of your strengths.
Begin by identifying yourself as a professional. A “driven bank teller” informs the reader that the applicant is interested in advancement opportunities, for example. Next, summarize your best skills and proudest accomplishments without using “I.” For example: “Offers exceptional customer service.” Our resume builder helps you build a great summary statement with job-specific examples you can adapt and incorporate into your document.
33. Create a Skills Section Based on Keywords.
Read through the job description and pick out required skills that match your own — these are the keywords you should include in your skills section. We’ll also provide you with suggestions for skills you can include. For more tips, see our article How to Write the Perfect Resume Skills Section.
44. Optimize Your Work History Section.
Start with your most recent or current job position, and work backward.
Highlight achievements that match keywords from the job description.
Start your descriptions of each work experience with a strong action verb such as:
- Managed, Executed, Created, Designed, Facilitated, Planned, Initiated, Reconciled, Increased, Oversaw, and Modified.
55. Be Specific in Your Education Section.
Unless your industry requires it, a long education section can waste valuable resume real estate. Limit yourself to your highest education credential, including your degree. Only include other studies, academic work or experiences with campus organizations if they’re directly relevant to the job. Also, forgo listing your GPA unless your industry values it. For more tips, see our article How to Improve the Education Section.
66. Know What To Leave Out & Fine Tuning
No need to share anything too personal, like your marital status, or whether you have children (or pets). Similarly, employers won’t benefit from learning your religious or political affiliations. Don’t include your social security number, and unless the job posting requests it, abstain from sharing references — that can come later.
Before exporting your resume, make any last adjustments to the format and design, and be sure to spell check! A great looking resume with typos isn’t going to get you an interview.
Our recruiter-approved resume templates come in a variety of styles. Pick one that matches your personality and job opportunity.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Resume Builder
Got a question about our Builder, or need some additional tips? Below are our answers to users’ most common questions. You can also find a wide range of resume-writing advice in our Career Center.
1. What makes a good resume builder?
A good resume builder doesn’t just give you a bland template and fill it in with generic information. Good builders go the extra mile by giving you a variety of resume designs, and allowing you to adjust the layout to best fit your qualifications. They also provide expert tips and advice for each section that will also help you complete your document, while offering you complete flexibility in adjusting content to best match the job you want. Finally, a good resume builder has tools that ensure your resume is free of mistakes, and easily creates different versions of your resume for different jobs, all of which can be downloaded in the file formats employers prefer. Our Resume Builder fits the bill for all of the above.
2. How long does it take to create a professional resume using our builder?
From start to finish, completing a resume using our Builder only takes a few minutes! Just choose a template that fits the job you’re applying for and reflects your personality, follow our directions and suggestions for filling out each section, do a quick spell-check using our tools, save and download your resume, and you’re good to go! For more in-depth help and ideas for putting your resume together, visit our How to Write a Resume section.
3. How do you format a resume using our builder?
Before you even start using our builder, deciding on the right resume format is key. First, you should figure out which format works best for your resume: chronological, combination or functional. Then, using our builder, you can easily rename, move and organize your resume sections to fit the correct format. For example, a functional format will feature your skills and training up top, while a chronological resume will focus on your work history and career progression. For more help on deciding on a format, visit our handy resume formats page.
4. How can a resume builder help me with my resume layout?
We get it — you want your resume to make a visual impact with employers. But many job applicants go overboard, overstuffing their documents with too much text that makes reading difficult, or utilizing fancy graphics and fonts that run the risk of confusing hiring managers. Our Resume Builder makes sure your layout has the right “look” with professional templates that are visually appealing but also easy to scan. Our selection of fonts will keep your content professional and readable, and you can also easily preview your resume while you’re working on it to make sure it strikes the right balance between text and white space. With the right builder, you won’t ever need to worry about the right “look.” For more layout tips, see our article How to Design a Resume With a Template.
5. How do I make resumes for different jobs using the builder?
With our Resume Builder, creating different versions of your resume for different jobs is a snap — just go back to each section of your resume, update them with skills and experiences that fit what each job requires, and save a new version of your resume! Our builder also makes it easy for you to move sections around, highlighting the right aspects of your career, based on your resume format. Once done, you can download your resume in all the major formats, including Word documents, PDFs and even text versions.