5 Expert Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips That Set You Apart

Resume Writing Tips
Resume Writing Tips

A colleague of mine once said to me: “Anyone can write a good resume.  What’s the big deal?”  I answered: “The big deal is that not everyone–including native speakers–can write a great resume.”

In a previous blog post,  A CV or Resume Writing Checklist,  I shared 10 resume writing tips. They are based on Just the Job  by James Lees.

These resume writing tips include:

  • State a specific career objective.
  • Include a summary of your qualifications in bullet points.
  • Give information that matches the job description.

Here are some more resume writing tips taken from David Nobles’ helpful book, A Gallery of Best Resumes.

  • For contact information,  I would clearly show my phone number, email address, and other key contact information.  I would not spell out the name of my province or state at the top of my resume. I would use rather the provincial or state’s postal abbreviation.  This information is helpful for anyone wanting to contact me by snail mail.For example, I would write Québec (QC), Ontario (ON), British Columbia (BC), and Alberta (AB).  Do not put a period after the abbreviation.   Noble recommends not using the postal abbreviation when you’re showing only the city and state (not a mailing address) or university you attended or business where you worked.
  •  For telephone numbers, I would use the same format consistently.(514) 209-0585 – I would use this format for my cell number. It suggests that there are different area codes where I work.  My home number begins with (450).514.209.0585 – This format, resembling an Internet address, is also popular.  For international calls, I would put “1” first.
  •  In the profile section, I would make myself look interesting and unique.  I once worked as a “Senior Writer, Project manager” for several major educational publishers.  I would write the following in my resume:

Best-selling educational writer with more than 30 years  professional experience. Skilled at coordinating multiple projects in deadline-driven environments.

  • I would include a testimonial after stating my “Proven Competencies.” I would want to reinforce my writing skills and team-working abilities. For example, I would include the following testimonial for my book, Write Now.:

Really great stuff. Easy to understand, logical and valuable. . .
Mark Yerbury, President, Qualiteam Inc.

  • In the “Professional Experience” section, I would describe my “Signature Achievements” as problem-solving successes.  For example, when I was project manager on the production of an educational textbook for a major publisher:

Managed successfully a team of four writers spread across different provinces and met the deadline targets.

For many more useful suggestions, check out David Nobles’ book, A Gallery of Best Resumes.  Noble calls it an “idea book.”  It includes a gallery of resumes for specific occupations and jobs. These range from accounting and communications to media and sales and marketing.

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