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How to Write a Personal Resume

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Writing your resume can be a very intimidating experience. In most cases, we are our worst critic, so actually writing something where you are forced to toot our own horn, so to speak, is something you would just rather avoid. However, if you break the writing of your personal resume down into simple steps, you may actually enjoy praising yourself.

Brainstorm. Before you actually begin to write your personal resume, brainstorm until you determine why an employer should hire you. Think about your experience---not just job or educational experiences---but everyday life experiences as well. During your brainstorm, highlight skills and attributes that you can contribute to an organization.

Determine the job you want. Before you can find the job you want, you need to narrow down your desired industry. By choosing the industry beforehand, you can use elements of the particular industry to persuade your writing. In addition, you may desire to work in an industry that uses a particular style of resume, which will also save you time. (See Resources)

Write an objective statement. Your degree or previous job experiences will not tell a potential employer where you will fit best. It is your job to reveal to an employer exactly what you plan to do in the organization. When writing your objective statement, be sure to draw attention to your areas of expertise, but you should also identify what you plan to accomplish in the future. Be sure there is a common thread between your attributes and the job you are applying for.

Add your job qualifications. After you have polished your objective statement, you are ready to add your job skills. You will garner better results if you divide your experience into hard and soft skills. "Hard skills" would be your field of study (i.e. educational experience, teacher credentials, computer programmer, etc). "Soft skills" would be your personal qualities (communication skills, ability to lead, etc). (See References)

Back up your information. Once you have included your job qualifications on your resume, you need to provide back up your information. If you were awarded the employee of the year certificate for the past two years at your previous job---include the information on your resume. If you exceeded any sales goals, this is the area of your resume to toot that particular horn. If this will be your first job, include any awards or certificates you receive during your matriculation.

Keep it simple. After you have backed up your skills, you are ready to conclude your resume. Reason being, employers receive numerous resumes for job openings and if you write a small novel a potential employer will not be interested, whether you are skilled or not. Keep it simple. If possible, keep it under one page. (See Resources)

Accumulate references. At the conclusion, include a sentence that states references are available upon request. However, you need to accumulate and prepare the people that you plan to use for references to be ready for calls from your potential employer.


Be honest. Try to engage your potential employer with your resume. Keep objective statement under 3 sentences.


Use a professional email address, nothing juvenile, humorous, or tacky. Check resume for spelling and grammar error.