How to Write a Resume

Federal Resume – Part 2

Our website recently ran an article on how to write a header for a federal resume. Today, we continue our discussion by covering the actual content that one should provide on a federal resume.

As we said last time, although a federal resume requires more specific information than a resume for the private sector, knowing how to write a resume in general is still helpful. The federal resume is, after all, basically a more detailed variant of the standard resume.

Now, in addition to standard resume advice, here are tips that are more specific to the federal resume:

1. Aim for about 3 […]

Federal Resume – Part 1

Knowing how to write a federal resume is an important first step for anyone who wants a government job.

Now, we’re not going to tiptoe around it: finding a government job is hard right now. Government jobs have been disappearing since the start of the Great Recession.

At the local level alone, government employment has declined by 535,000 since September of 2008, according to the Department of Labor’s latest Employment Situation report. Just in September, our economy lost 34,000 government positions overall.

In this difficult environment, you need to make sure your federal resume looks flawless whenever you apply for a government position.

First, […]

Artist’s Resume

An artist’s resume is designed to help workers in creative fields, such as fine art photographers and sculptors, promote themselves as artists.

Most of the resume advice on this website assumes that you are a more-or-less traditional job seeker applying for fairly typical jobs. But, if you are an oil painter, for example, your primary source of income might be getting your paintings into commercial galleries and nonprofit galleries to be sold, or selling them yourself through your studio or website. That is what an artist’s resume is designed to do, and we are going to show you how to write […]

Resume Mistakes to Avoid

In this economy, it’s hard to find a job even with the best resume. Make sure you’re not stacking the odds against yourself by making common resume mistakes. Following these 10 warnings can save your resume from ending up in the “circular file” – more commonly known as the trash can.

1. Don’t try to write a one-size-fits-all resume.
Do you like getting spam in your inbox? No? Do you delete e-mails as soon as you figure out that the exact same message has been sent to hundreds of other people and contains nothing that personally interests you?

Well, hiring managers are just […]

How to Write a Resume

Every job seeker needs a resume. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for part-time work, interested in volunteer jobs, or still in high school. Learning how to write a resume will help you. It’s an advertizement that should be designed to get you an interview. Even the process of writing a resume helps you clarify your career plans, strengths, weaknesses, and skills.

But what if you’re not sure how to write a resume? While each person’s resume must be unique, the following 7 strategies should be useful:

1. Put your name at the top and make it stand out.
Your resume is an advertizement […]

Resume and Cover Letter Tips for Gaps in Employment

You’ve been out of work for a long time. Months, years, or even decades. Maybe the recession hit your industry particularly hard. Perhaps you took time off to raise children or care for a sick family member. Or, maybe you became discouraged at some point and threw in the towel. Whatever your situation, you can break back into the job market. It just takes planning and flexibility. This article offers strategies for making a long gap in employment look better on your resume and cover letter.

1. Focus on what you have been doing.
Unless you’ve been in a coma, you’ve been doing something […]