This article is the introduction to a multiple part series on How to Write a Resume (that gets job interviews).

If you’re anything like my best friends, your resume probably sucks. Yes, I’m sure your skills, experiences, and qualifications don’t suck. But to be honest, very few job searchers know how to write a professional resume that consistently lands them a job interview.

I’ve been on both ends of the resume game. I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes as part of a hiring team. I’ve also applied to numerous jobs in various fields using countless resume types, formats, samples, templates, presentations, and content. Over the years, I’ve discovered why few resumes stand out and why most end up lining kitty litter trays.

Resume Writing Series:
  1. What is a Killer Resume?
  2. 10 Resume Dos
  3. 10 Resume Sins
  4. Resume Anatomy
  5. 6 Sucky Resume Words
  6. 6 Resume Action Words
  7. 8 Resume Keywords
  8. 3 Resume Formats
  9. Free Resume Examples
  10. Free Resume Template

Resume writing is not rocket science. But your resume must impress the reader in seconds to be effective. Otherwise, your skills and experiences will be recycled faster than you can say, “paper shredder”.

About the Resume Writing Series

So how do you write a resume that impresses and gets you that golden job interview? There’s a knack to presenting your skills, education, and qualifications on paper. In this series I’m going to show you how to do it. I’ll also deal with these common resume writing issues:

  • How to organize all your resume information!
  • What should you include? What should you avoid?
  • What resume writing tips and tricks work?
  • How many pages? What format?
  • How to present problem situations like layoffs, job hopping, parenting, sickness, little experience, being fired.
  • Should you hire a resume writing service?
  • And much more!

I may just include a few free sample resumes, resume templates, and resume examples to help you along the way.

So now what?

Before you jump in and start revving up your resume, it may be a good idea to look inward first for some introspective thinking. No, I’m not going all Oprah on you. But before you can write some resume stuff, it would help to know what makes you tick! To get ticking, take a peek at this series:

Five Paths to Choosing Your Perfect Career:

  1. Five Ways To Find Your Passion (free printable worksheet)
  2. How To Find Your Strengths (free printable worksheet)
  3. How to Set Your Goals (free printable worksheet)
  4. 10 Tips to Nurture Your Network
  5. 10 Ways to Enhance Your Education

Another good way to get resume ready, is to find the right job! To get job hunting, try the ideas in this series:

Four Ways to Kick Start Your Job Hunt:

  1. How to Choose a New Career
  2. How to Find a Job
  3. How to Research a Prospective Employer
  4. How to Match Your Skills to Employer Requirements (free printable worksheet)

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Now sit back and get ready to write a resume that gets you job interviews.

Do you have any resume writing tips to share? Got any resume horror stories? Do you keep your resume up-to-date? Share in the comments below!