How to Write a Resume That Will Get You an Interview

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Do you need to review how to write a resume? While it's only a page or two in length, a  is one of the most important parts of a job application. Your resume is your most powerful tool in telling the story of your professional history to potential employers.

A that highlights your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get selected for an interview. Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise, and clear and easy to read.

If it's not, your won't get a second glance from any hiring manager. Read below for information on how to write a resume that will get noticed and help you get invited for an interview.

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7 Tips For a Resumé That Will Get You Hired

Choose a Resume Type

There are several  used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a , a , a , or a  resume.

A chronological resume (in reverse chronological order) is the simplest format to use, but there may be circumstances where you want to focus on your key accomplishments and skills rather than your employment history.

Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for your situation is well worth the effort.

Choose the Right Font and Size 

It's important to  that is legible and leaves enough white space on the page. You also want to keep style features (such as italics, underlining, bold, and the use of ) to a minimum; reserve the use of boldface for section headings and for quantifiable achievements that you would like to have “pop” on the page (Example: “Secured and fulfilled $1.5M contract”). When you use a particular style, use it consistently.

Use Resume Keywords

Most companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. 

In order to get found, your  that directly target the jobs you are interested in.

Spend some time  to ensure you're including the appropriate keywords and skills. In addition to helping your resume get selected, it will also help the hiring manager see how your skills and experiences make you an ideal candidate for the specific job.

Jazz up Your Job Descriptions

Review the descriptions you've written for each job. Are they going to show the hiring manager why you're a good match? Do they sound impressive? Take a couple of minutes to .

Proof Your Resume

Be sure to  before sending it. Check for grammar and spelling errors, as well as any style inconsistencies. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter. Also, review these  to ensure that your resume is consistent and error-free.

Resume Template

Along with resume examples, you can use a  as a starting point for creating your own resume. Add your information to the resume template, then tweak and edit it to personalize your resume so that it highlights your own unique skills and abilities.

(compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example below.

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Resume Sample (Text Version)

Joanie Jobseeker
234 Howard Street • Milwaukee, WI 53210 • (123) 456-7890 • jjobseeker@email.com

HEAD CASHIER

Skillful and customer service-oriented Cashier with proven capacities for checkout and return transactions, point of sale operations, and team organization and motivation. Key skills include:

  • Cash Handling / Credit Transactions
  • Up-selling / Cross-selling Strategies
  • Product Knowledge Acquisition
  • Team Supervision & Training
  • Customer Education
  • Issue Resolution

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

HARDWARE SALES, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Head Cashier (February 2017 – Present)

Performed all cash handling and credit transactions with 100% accuracy. Processed checkout and return transactions, provided solutions to customer queries and issues, and coached and trained new hires.

  • Leveraged strong product knowledge to educate customers and maximize up-selling and cross-selling opportunities.
  • Promoted to role as Head Cashier six months after initial hiring as Cashier.
  • Earned 3 “Employee of the Quarter” awards.

ARNOLD’S DRIVE-IN, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Waitress (November 2015 – January 2017)

Concurrent with education, provided attentive customer service to patrons of popular local restaurant. Greeted guests, provided menu recommendations, and took orders; helped to maintain dining room.

  • Trained and mentored new wait staff in winning customer service techniques.
  • Earned frequent commendations from restaurant guests for cheerfulness and creation of positive dining experiences.

EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS

Associate’s Degree in Business Management, 2017

Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Technical Proficiencies: Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, and POS systems

Review More Resume Examples

Read through . These sample resumes will provide you with examples of resume formats that will work for almost every type of job seeker. They also help you see .

Get Resume Advice

Writing a resume is hard work, and it's often a good idea to get help before you send it to employers. You can find resume writing advice and  online. You can also meet with a  if you are a college student or alumnus.

You might use a  instead or check with your state’s  website for information on any free job services they offer. There are many great, free resume resources, so do some research before paying money for someone’s advice.