Resume Writing Resources for Job Seekers
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There’s no one right way to put a resume together and there are many different layouts that are considered acceptable in the business world. Which one you use depends on your experience and the type of job you want. Deciding which is best for you is not difficult if you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. There are four (4) primary resume layouts to choose from: chronological resumes, function resumes, combination resumes, and targeted resumes.

The thought of writing a resume intimidates almost anyone. It’s difficult to know where to start or what to include. There is no magic to getting job interviews, just a great resume. A great resume follows some simple but crucial guidelines, which you will find in these resume writing tips for success.
When describing prior job experience or relevant skills on your resume, it is important to use statements that fully support your job objective. The use of action verb statements is a highly effective resume writing technique to emphasize the strengths and qualifications you possess. Check out a list of commonly used action verbs for resumes.

Many companies have and continue to use electronic resume scanning as part of their employment process. Typically, once a resume is receive it it scanned into a resume database, which then allows computers to read all resume text to search for relevant education, experience, and skills. The purpose of a scannable resume is the same as that of a traditional resume – to help you find a job. But, the design and format of a scannable resume is quite different than a traditional resume. The characteristics and tips below are vital in developing a scannable resume.
To develop an electronic resume you need to be aware that computers read resumes differently than people do. A proper scannable resume not only maximizes the computers’ ability to “read” your resume but also maximizes your ability to get “hits” (a hit is when one of your skills matches the computer search).

Your resume should be a well thought-out, detailed summary highlighting the most significant accomplishments, skills, education, training and responsibilities of your career. While it is always a good idea to get numerous people – career professionals, former bosses and colleagues, mentors, and the like – to review and evaluate your resume, you might want to first consider reviewing and critiquing your own resume using the following considerations. For the best results, upon review of each criterion be completely honest on how your resume rates.


A good resume is an important job search tool. But like any tool, it is only as good as the person using it. Much has been said about selling your employment skills to a prospective employer; what it takes to accomplish this is job search skills. It is not enough to have the employment skills that an employer desires if you do not have the ability to market them. Now that you have perfected your resume, there are some guidelines for using it effectively.

If you're not getting interviews, maybe it's time for a change...
This planning worksheet is designed to assist you and/or The Arnold Group in drafting your resume. It primarily serves as a tool to prompt for relevant information, which may be included in your final resume. Please note this is a general worksheet, actual content and layout will vary and not all items are required or necessary.

An excellent resume and cover letter are essential tools for creating a professional first impression with hiring managers. They often determine whether or not you’ll be invited to interview for the job.
At The Arnold Group, we have been reading, writing and editing resumes for more than 30 years. We have read, written and edited literally thousands of resumes. Our experience and expertise enables us to portray your skills, talents and abilities in the most effective method to attract an interviewer’s attention, thus leading to more job interviews.