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How do I get better at writing a resume to get a better job later on in the future?

Resume writing, templates, job applications and how to prepare for job interviews

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Betty’s Answer

Hi Nayeli,

In addition to Frank's recommendations, I suggest a resume limited to 2 pages max. Your job description for current and past jobs should highlight some past achievements or outcomes so that it shows how you were able to contribute meaningfully to past projects or work that improved the business. The best way to do this is to include metrics that demonstrate progress and wins. Here's a generic marketing example, "Created new marketing campaign, 10,000 emails sent to potential new customers and received 30% responses, net result is 2,000 new customer signups ."
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Frank’s Answer

There are a lot of different templates you can use for your resume and most should be fine. When you find a job that you want to apply for, make a copy of the posting so you can reference the job description, education, knowledge, and skills required. As you are updating your resume, include as many of the same terms that you can. For example, if the position references data analytics, include any classes you had had in data analytics or any experience you have with data analytics software. Even if you haven't had a job in data analytics, you are demonstrating that you have knowledge in the area. In addition, some companies automatically screen resumes, and your resume will make the cut if your resume specifically relates to the job posting and uses similar terms.
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sashidhar’s Answer

## STEP 1

Start by creating a list of things that you have done and put them in a document. In bullet points, list the following things -
- how did you contribute?
- the work that you did, how did it affect the organization

At this point, do not worry about crafting it in the best language. We are more concerned with putting all the ideas you have in your mind in a document. Keep this document ideally on the internet in a document. Consider using google docs for this purpose.

## STEP 2

Keep coming back to this document to refine the language. Do not worry about getting this document perfect in the first attempt. It will probably involve re-editing the document several times to express yourself and your work properly.

As you accumulate experience, add the new work in this document as well. Over years, this document will become a place where you record all the work you have done and can look at it to remind yourself of the contributions you have made.

## STEP 4

Choose a template for your resume. There are a lot of places on the internet where you can create a resume. I would say google for resume templates and pick something that you like. General rule is to not make the resume too verbose or too flashy.

## STEP 3

Find jobs that you are interested in. A job you'd like to apply in is unlikely to ask for all the experience you have accumulated so far. Pick things from the above document that make most sense for this job and this role and add the content from the document to the resume.

If you do it this way, you will end up creating a resume that is tailor made for the job role. That is more likely to attract attention to your resume and be picked up for the next steps.

Best of luck!
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Amy’s Answer

I would recommend writing a version of your resume with all of the skills and experience you want to have had by the time you apply for this better role. This will give you practice actually writing your resume, but also help you map out what want to accomplish before then.

Also, keep the focus of your resume on the accomplishments you had, versus your day-to-day tasks. For example, instead of "I managed a project," you can say "My project reduced spending by x% in a year."
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