dcsimg
You are here:

10 Steps to Creating a Resume from Scratch

There are hundreds of articles on the internet advising people how to rework their resume and make it stand out. What is often not written about is how to simply write a resume from scratch. The process of creating a resume from a blank piece of paper is extremely helpful in rethinking an overall approach to a job search process. Much like writing an essay, it is sometimes easier to simply throw out what you have and start from a completely different direction (and hopefully perspective). Remember, that resumes are made for specific positions in mind so this process can be replicated for each new job application. With this in mind, use the following ten-step process to create a resume from scratch.

Resume scratch

1)  Start with a blank piece of paper and carefully analyze the job description of the role you are applying for. What are key skills, responsibilities, and requirements? Write them down at the top of the paper. The goal is to show these in your resume. Resumes are made for a specific job, not in a vacuum.

2)  Now it’s time to open a blank Microsoft Word document. No internet. No Facebook. You can catch up with your friends later. Eliminate all distractions.

3)  Contact Information. Start with contact information: Name, Email, Address, Phone Number centered at the top of the page.

4)  Next, list all of your work experiences in order. Name of Employer, Position Held, Dates (month, year). For each position, list all of the achievements you’ve had with the organization. Achievements use action words, are specific, and quantify impact. 

5)  List more achievements (in bulleted form) for experiences that are more relevant for the job you’re applying for and fewer bullets for ones that are less relevant. The most impressive achievement should go first. Make sure you have a variety of skills listed.

6)  Education Section. List the name of the academic institution and the year you graduated. If GPA was over 3.5, list it. If you have a lack of experiences in intended field, list Relevant Coursework from the University: x, y, z. If you have held leadership positions, received academic honors or scholarships or had other interesting experiences—list those in bulleted form.

7)  Other Sections. Based on the position, you may want to have a separate category to highlight a particular skill-set. For example, for web developer/designer position you may want a separate section for “Technical Skills.”

8)  Additional Information and Skills Section. This section covers all other interesting things about you in bulleted form. This includes proficiency with computer programs, language skills, volunteer experiences, professional certifications, and even personal interest.

9)  Review, review, review. Check spelling, grammar, dates, consistency, etc. Resumes need to be polished, well-formatted, and aesthetically-pleasing.

10) Cut to One page. Resumes should be one page maximum (except in rare instances of senior executives and research positions). How do you decide what to remove? Use the tradeoff method—one in, one out. What does this bullet or experience tell the recruiter about me? Is that better or worse than removing this other experience? Use the tradeoff method for every experience until you get down to a single page.

--

Igor Khayet is the President and Founder of My Resume Shop.

 

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • University of San Francisco

    If you want to make the world a better place, start at the University of San Francisco. Our 21st-century mission to create a more humane and just world comes alive in our diverse learning community and is broadened by our global orientation. You are challenged to reach higher standards and to use your education to promote justice and serve the common good. At the University of San Francisco, youll find the excellence inherent in an institution established over 150 years ago, and inherent in nearly five centuries of Jesuit education.

    Programs

    • Online Associate Degree to Master Degree Nursing program
    • Online Bachelor Degree to Master Degree Nursing program
    • Master of Public Administration
    Location:
    San Francisco: 2130 Fulton St, , San Francisco CA
    University of San Francisco Request Info »
  • Colorado Technical University Online

    A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

    Programs

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
    • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
    • Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management
    • More...
    Location:
    Colorado Springs: 4435 North Chestnut Street, Colorado Springs CO 80907
    Colorado Technical University Online Request Info »
  • Keiser University

    Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

    Programs

    • Master of Science in Psychology
    • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology
    • Master of Science in Education
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Keiser University Request Info »
  • Regent University

    Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.

    Programs

    • Master of Arts in Law - Non-Profit Management
    • Bachelor of Arts in English - Self-Designed
    • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Regent University Request Info »
  • Intercoast Colleges

    Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

    Programs

    • Business Technology
    • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
    • Online Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies

    Location: Online

    Intercoast Colleges Request Info »
  • Miller-Motte College

    Start the next chapter of your life with an Associate or Bachelor degree from Miller-Motte College Online Division.

    Programs

    • Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science
    • Electronic Medical Records - Associate of Applied Science
    • IT Support Specialist - Associate of Applied Science
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Miller-Motte College Request Info »
  • Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing

    Programs

    • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
    • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
    • M.Div: Homiletics
    • More...
    Location:
    Lynchburg: 1971 University Blvd,, Lynchburg VA 24515
    Liberty University Request Info »
  • University of Southern California

    One of the world's leading private research institutions, the University of Southern California (USC) was founded in 1880.

    Programs

    • Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Urban Public Librarianship
    • Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Academic Librarianship
    • Master of Public Administration
    • More...
    Location:
    Los Angeles: , Los Angeles CA
    University of Southern California Request Info »
  • USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

    The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

    Programs

    • Master of Social Work
    Location:
    Los Angeles: 3601 Watt Way, GFS-315, Los Angeles CA 90089
    USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Request Info »
  • Rutgers University

    Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

    Programs

    • Online Master of Social Work
    • Online Master of Business Administration
    • Online Master of Information
    • More...
    Location:
    New Brunswick: 57 U.S. 1,, New Brunswick NJ 08901
    Rutgers University Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.