How to write a resume

How to write a resume

Are you struggling to write your resume, or find it hard to write an outline of your own achievements and accomplishments? Sometimes it is difficult to write a great sounding resume without it sounding to ‘showy’ or like you’re blowing your own horn.

The most simple way to draft up your resume is to simply look at it like a one or two-page document outlining who you are, what you’ve done and what you know you can do. Highlight all of your best skills and experiences relevant to the prospective job listing, and hopefully, you’ll be selected for an interview based on these skills.

How to write your resume

Before you start writing down all of your resume information, go through and review your skills, what you’re good at, and what things, in particular, would make your resume tailored perfectly to the job. This is especially important if you’re writing your first resume and don’t have a whole lot of actual work or job experience, but have other life experiences relevant to the job.


The type of requirements and roles you’re applying for will affect the layout and information in your resume, so make sure you know which type of resume you’re writing.

A few resume types are:

A targeted resume, where you highly focus on the job you’re supplying for and the skills you have that are relevant to the job

A combination resume, which will go over all of the essentials about your work history, your education, skills, previous employers and more, though not necessarily in order.

A functional resume is heavily tilted towards showing off your life and business skills and letting your potential employer know that you have all of the experience and accomplishments needed to be a standout in the role. These resumes may not even showcase any previous work experience.


This aspect of your resume will be heavily dependant on the role you’re applying for. It’s important that you utilise the correct and most relevant keywords in relation to your new role to make sure the employer knows you understand some aspects of the business.

Accounting, for example, you’ll want to outline your skills and experience and use keywords like ‘payroll,’ ‘budget,’ ‘reconciliation,’ and more. This will help build a personality profile of you and your perceived skills within the industry.



Outline a bit about you, your personality and interests in relation to the job listing. Don’t go too heavy on your info, because the rest can be put into your cover letter.


Highlight both your high school and tertiary education if relevant to the role.


If you’re choosing to include previous employment, choose your most relevant roles and positions to the role you’re applying for, simply to be more direct.


List a few brief accomplishments from both your personal and business life that are highly relevant to the job’s requirements.

Interests & Goals

Outlining your goals and interests will help your potential employer build a personality profile of you, so try to focus on a few relevant goals and interests that will make you a better option for the role.


Previous bosses, managers, friends or colleagues are a great choice for your references. Be sure to choose those who you’ve had a pleasant encounter with though.


Cooper Johnson

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with 6+ years of experience in code & algorithmic development of solutions for corporate enterprise and maintaining the utmost quality in all programs.  Holds a Bachelor degree in Software Engineering and has expertise in C++. Looking to leverage my knowledge and experience into a role in senior software engineering.

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Alto Steep Solutions

Software Engineer

San Francisco, California

February 2007 – February 2012

Develop new accounts and software systems for customers in both offline and online environments.

Designed and implement systems for receiving customer feedback for companies as well as proprietary ways to locate and remove software bugs.

Created websites using Java, XML, AJAX and XSL.

Lupis Grande Ltd

Software Analyst

San Francisco, California

February 2012 – Present

Created entirely new company workflow management solutions for a number of corporate entities.

Offered code support to clients regarding ASP.NET, T-SQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

Assisted in the development of new and advanced banking software security and supported the removal of legacy security software.


Tim Cook University

Software Engineering

San Francisco, California

Graduated February 2006

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Although it’s more convenient to draft up a multi-use resume that you can use for almost any job application, there’s a far better return on a resume that you’ve tailored for the exact position you’re applying for.

A few ways to tailor your resume to suit the exact role you’re interested in is research the achievements and skills that are most heavily associated with that role and then add your achievements that fit most with the role.


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