The Anatomy Of A Good Resume

Sugar, spice, and everything nice. These are the key ingredients to the perfect something, but it’s not what we’re looking for. So what does a good resume look like?

  1. It has the right format. There are different types of resume formats that cater to any applicant’s needs. The right format will make writing the resume a whole lot easier. 
  2. It has important contact information such as your email and phone number. If necessary or useful to the application, then it should include your address.
  3. Education. That’s your college education and any professional or vocational training that relates to your career.
  4. It has a summary that gives your employer an overview and gist of your career. Use this instead of an objective or statement of purpose. Its pretty obvious that your objective when sending your resume is to get the job, so its a waste of paper to write it on the resume itself!
  5. A good resume should of course contain strong keywords that will help you showcase your skills. Use positive and active words like managed, led, organized and the like. Avoid clichés like detail-oriented and hardworking
  6. Soft skills are just as important and should be in a resume. 
  7. No hobbies! Your perfect pitch or Game of Thrones fan fiction won’t help you get into a software company.
  8. Don’t forget to put in your career history and experience. Relevant experiences. It should highlight your growth and accomplishments throughout your career using quantifiable metrics wherever possible. 
  9. In case you don’t have much experience, that’s okay. Consider adding volunteer work for possible bonus points.
  10. Facts. A good resume is honest and always, always tells the truth.

There is no such thing as perfect. But there is such a thing as right. The right resume will articulate your skills and experience and make your ideal company want to interview you. 

If you want to know what things to avoid in writing your resumes, check out this article.

About the Author
Simon Lader

Simon Lader

I am an almost twenty year veteran of the IT industry. I started recruiting for IT sales and presales people in 1997 and I’ve been doing it ever since. Originally living in Manchester, UK, I now live in Las Vegas and specialize in helping startup and high-growth software vendors find the best sales and presales people in North America, Asia Pacific and EMEA. My three kids and long suffering wife keep me sane (or as close to it as possible) - which, as a Manchester United supporter, isn’t always easy! I probably watch too much Netflix and drink too much Single Malt Whisky, but what’s life without a little misbehavior now and then. Click here to schedule a free 15 minute consultation phone call with me; or click here to send me a message.

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