Resume Writing Tips

When it comes to finding a new job or changing careers, it is important that you have an effective resume. Writing a resume can be complicated and a bit nerve-wracking if you’re doing it for the first time. Having tips on how to write a resume will help to make it a lot easier.Find a sample: To get started writing a new resume or updating an old one, do a web search for Career Websites and look for sample resumes. You could find a free resume template online free resume templates online to use as a guide. Here’s a site to try for a free sample resume http://www.freeresumeexamples.net/default.html

Computer Template: Did you know that many computer programs, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works, have free resume templates available with them?  If you are using one of these programs or other similar ones, look for the program’s resume templates to see available formats and options. You might have ten or more free resume templates that come in a number of different styles already installed in your computer. 

Freelance Assistance: Look for professional assistance in writing your resume by doing a standard Internet search with phrases such as “resume writer,” or “professional resume writer.”  Expect to pay reasonable fees to use the services of a professional resume writer.  Fees vary according to expertise of the writer and the specifics of the resume you need.

Champion Communication Skills: Communicating So Everyone Listens

Do you know what you’re saying when you don’t speak? Communication isn’t just verbal. In fact, over 80% of what you communicate is nonverbal. Poor communication is one of the primary reasons why organization initiatives fail and leadership goals get derailed. You can be an effective communicator by participating in this training where you will:

  • Recognize nonverbal habits that communicate louder than words
  • Harness effective listening skills
  • Communicate appropriately with different cultures and genders
  • Build communication confidence and a climate of trust
  • Verbally demonstrate critical thinking abilities
  • Practice “transparent communication” skills
  • Find 5 ways to communicate ideas so they always get accepted

Your Business Legacy

Have you recorded the history of how you started your business, or how you got into your particular line of work? Business biographies are big. People love to read about how others got started in business, their techniques, successes, even the failures. For instance, it’s fascinating to hear how Bill Gates started Microsoft or how Donald Trump built his empire.

You might think your business story isn’t fascinating but I beg to differ. I worked with adult students for years who wrote about their busineses and did research on them for marketing purposes. The stories of these ordinary people were extraordinary. Hearing how someone who seems pretty much like a regular person has succeeded gives hope to others.

What is your story about your business or the profession you work in today? How did you choose this line of work? Why? What did you have to do to make it work for you? Write notes on this and share your story during a get together with family or friends over the upcoming holidays and ask to hear their stories too.

Learning to Focus

By committing to write each day I become conscious of how I focus my writing or not. I realize that a lot of my writing is not focused on a particular project. I like to respond to emails, write notes concerning creativity clients, and engage in other distractions. I’ve committed to finishing a book over the next few months which means I must open the file to write on that book for an hour per day. I’ve decided to use my kitchen timer to make sure I stay put for an hour of writing. It doesn’t always work. The timer does; it’s on. But staying focused on the project doesn’t always work.

I’ve become more aware of the ways I allow myself to be distracted. It’s so much more fun to just jot down information and notes, start new projects, and let my “Monkey mind” hop all over the place than to focus. Focusing and writing takes real discipline. Disciplined writing is something the writer must practice.

Have you stopped to think about the focus of your writing? Do you stay focused long enough to reach your writing goals for each day?