How Build a Resume: Free Template + Writing Tips

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This resume template will be the most effective way to help create your perfect resume! 

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While obtaining my Associates in Business Administration, I discovered the perfect template for my resume. Although I learned about many services and tools to help develop the most effective resume, I found this template to work best for me! 

The purpose of your resume is to interest an employer enough to score you an interview. Few people are hired from a resume alone. The resume is your tool for marketing yourself to an employer so you need to create an effective resume. Never underestimate the important of a good resume as it could mean the difference between getting invited or not invited to an interview.

I have shared my personal resume template to give you the opportunity to download the template to use as you build or revise your resume! I have also included a few resume writing tips as well to help you create a format that works for you. You want to create a format that best presents your qualifications.

I really hope to start sharing more career building tips on my blog as well! As a young professional, I've learned just how important networking and sharing personal insight can help others succeed. 

Resume Writing Strategies

Beginning the Resume Writing Process

Types of Resumes (Select a Format)

  • Chronological Resume: The most commonly-used resume form that lists in reverse chronological order the person's work history.

  • Achievement Resume: This resume emphasizes achievements with less emphasis on experience.

  • Functional Resume: This format covers experience over a long period of time that can be grouped into skill areas, which highlights expertise rather than time frames.

  • Recent Graduate Resume: This resume is for recent graduates with little or no work experience, emphasizing training and education.

When Writing a Resume

  • Stick to the basics

  • Keep it short

  • Reveal only what the employer needs to know

  • Have a specific objective

  • Preferably one page, never more than two pages

  • Tailored to a specific job or a specific employer

  • Don't focus on your medical history

  • Advertise your skills and not your disability

Resume Writing Tips

Things to Do

  • Lead with your most qualifying experience

  • Consider a consolidated experience category

  • Emphasize accomplishments

  • Be generous with white space

  • Use bullets, bold type, capital letters, and underlining

  • Check continuity of history

  • Have at least two other people review it

  • Send your references a copy of your resume

  • Use good paper

  • Avoid anything negative, this may include disclosure of disability

Things Not to Do

  • Don't exaggerate or mislead

  • Don't state a salary

  • Don't include names of references

  • Don't include a photograph

  • Don't include religion, race, national origin, or political affiliation

  • Don't overstate your qualifications

  • Don't include a reason for leaving your last job

  • Don't use unusual abbreviations or acronyms

Resume Writing Considerations

Should I Disclose or Not

  • On the Resume: Often, your disability is reflected in your work history, education, and life experience. Stress your adaptability.

  • Cover Letter: Don't start the letter with details about a disability. Follow a format mentioning strengths and limitations.

Stay tuned for more career building tips and strategies!