6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

The chronological resume is the most effective resume format when one’s work history is stable, professional growth consistent, and career goals remain in the same employment field.

So, let's take a look – step-by-step – at what it means to write an effective resume.

To write an effective resume, you have to learn how to write powerful but subtle advertising copy. Not only that, but you must sell a product in which you have a large personal investment: you. What’s worse, given the fact that most of us do not think in a marketing-oriented way naturally, you are probably not looking forward to selling anything, let alone yourself. But if you want to increase your job hunting effectiveness as much as possible, you would be wise to learn to write a spectacular resume.

Writing an Effective Resume - Best Sample Resume

So, you see effective resume writing isn't hard... provided you take your time writing your resume and approach it with the right attitude!

A resume is a marketing tool that is used to attract employers. With hiring managers spending an average of just 10-20 seconds reviewing a resume, you have to quickly communicate your strengths and skills and explain how they will benefit the employer. In this 5-part series, Dave Stakebake, a Career Advisor for Grand Canyon University, reviews each section of an effective resume, offering examples and reviewing best practices. In Part 1 of the series, Dave reviews the general guidelines of writing and formatting an effective resume including fonts, use of bullets and writing styles. Part 2, he reviews the best starting place for creating an effective resume. Part 3 explores the resume title and the objective or summary. Part 4 discusses what to include in the skills and education section. Finally in Part 5, he reviews what to include in the experience section of your resume. Writing an effective resume is just the first step to landing your dream job. Watch all 5 parts of the Resume Writing Series hosted by the Career Services Team at Grand Canyon University or visit the Career Services team today and discover the tools and services available to both prospective and current students of Grand Canyon University.