How to write a great Resume

Every week someone will ask me to help them write a better Resume. Unfortunately there is no one size fits all solutions but here are some great ways to write a better Resume. Before writing this article I did some quick googling (lazy I know) and there is actually a difference between a CV and a Resume.

Technically a CV is longer and more detailed. Well personally I hate CV’s and if you check out this presentation I did to a group of Product it kind of explains why but at the time I didn’t know there was a difference between a CV or resume. I have left it unchanged with a few other errors that ill fix up in the future.

So onto the most important things to do:

1. Start with a good template

It must be simple, clean and easy to view all the information. I have built one here that you are welcome to use. Other tools like allows you to create some really good looking Resume’s but this style needs to suit you personality. You can also get some good templates through Microsoft Office and Envato.

2. Backup your arguments with achievements and context

Easily overlooked but always support what you say with evidence. The best type of evidence is an achievement but other business metrics can also be really good indicators. For example you could list a responsibility as “Project Management of complex, large scale information technology projects”. Or you could say: Successfully delivered a number of > $10 million projects on time and on budget despite the involvement of over 50+ resources and multiple business units.

3. Keep it simple

A Resume is there just to ‘open’ the door for you, don’t overthink it, try to keep it to two pages (I love 1 page resume’s even more). The aim is to get to the interview and help the interviewer host a more powerful interview (it won’t score you a job).

4. Add some personality

For many of you there are often things you are doing in life related to work this could include; blogging, attending meetups, reading books, pet projects at home, teaching or mentoring others, conferences etc. People often neglect to put these on their resume as they see it as a separation of what they get paid to do.

This leads us into the difference between a job and a career. With a job you are getting paid to do something and you are doing it out of necessity (not a bad thing), a career is where you are doing something not only because you get paid but because you want to do it. All the things you do outside of work to have a better career drive should be celebrated and recognized in your resume.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Anthony Sochan

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