Writing Tips: Five Ways To Create A Great Resume

I have edited resumes for my students, friends, and family members, and one thing I note is that every resume is different from the format to the content. No two resumes are the same and neither should they be. So, how can you make your resume stand out, be professional, and get a read through instead of a toss aside?

Here are 5 ways to make a great resume:

  • Be Honest. If you have never worked on the moon, please don’t list it. List your actual work experiences, education, activities, and skill, even if they seem insignificant. And try to list skills, experience, and training/education that is relevant to the career position or job you are applying for.
  • Be professional. Make sure your resume is not riddled with emojis, text-talk, and poor grammar. Make sure your email is professional: 🚫twerkforfun@gmail.com ✔lastnamefirstname1@gmail.com. Make sure your address is up to date also. And make sure you have a consistent format and font. The typical font used for resumes is Times New Roman.
  • Make it stand out. Make sure your name is front and center. Make it bold or larger than the rest of the content. Make sure your contact info is right up there with your name. Make sure you print on a special type of paper as long as it is white or play around with your format. Just don’t overdo it and please keep it professional. If you are an artist or model, perhaps you can get away with adding a headshot photo of yourself.
  • Maintain great content. Use action verbs to start off with explaining your tasks or duties from your work experiences. Make your objective specific as you communicate your career goals. Don’t list your skills in a generic way. Be specific. For example: 🚫Typing. ✔Type 100 words per minute 🚫 Math. ✔Proficient in Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry. You may think your work experience isn’t diverse, in depth or great. Don’t fret. It is not what you say it, it is how you say it. If you babysit or are a stay at home mom now entering the work force, you provide child care. Find out what strengths you are developing as a result and what things you are learning. Value those things. On your resume, list some of the things you did in providing child care. If you developed or have special skills, list them also on your resume. If you have learned how to apply theatrical makeup even if you learned from watching countless YouTube videos, list it. I had a high school student who didn’t realize that he helping his uncle remodel someone’s kitchen was a skill he was developing and something to put on his resume.
  • Lastly, edit your resume. Check for mistakes. Everyone makes them, including me. So, go back over it and more than once. And have someone proofread it and edit it. Get feedback. Another person’s eyes can catch what you missed and give you the constructive criticism you need.
  • Bonus Tip: Make sure you update your resume every year. You might have recently changed your address or job, learned a new skill, renewed your license orcertificate, etc. and you want your resume to reflect such and be current.

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Tannika Moore is a writer, a poet, an editor, and an educator. She is a firm believer that there are two things people can’t take from you, and that is your education and faith, which are major focuses in her career and life. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English: Professional & Technical Writing. Her favorite genre of writing is poetry and she has self-published two poetry books titled Setting The Captive Free and Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Ain’t Never Been Me. Tannika has edited various works from research papers to web content.

Vision Boards and Bucket Lists

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And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)

Write The Vision, Make It Plain

When you think of a new year, you think of all the things you want to do or have to do to make the year a successful one. Often times, you hear people say, “this year is going to be my best year.” I say every year will be my best year no matter what trials, set backs, or obstacles I face. Life comes with setbacks and bumps along the road; however, you can still get to the finish line and have a fulfilling year if you keep going, value the lessons learned, change your perspective on some things, live on purpose, and most importantly, let God take the wheel of your life through salvation as well as consecration and preparation. As I most likely have mentioned before, I have always been goal-oriented. I would write a list of goals down on paper often and read over them on a regular, sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, checking off goals as I accomplished them or noted them if I hadn’t.

Have you been thinking about your purpose or mission in life? Have you pulled back out that list of goals that was safely tucked away in your drawer? Have you created a bucket list or vision board yet or made your resolutions for 2016? Will this year be the year you gain ground and not lose it? Will this be the year you let go and let God?

Vision Boards and Bucket Lists

A vision board is a visual tool that exemplifies and clarifies your goals and/or missions. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life (http://makeavisionboard.com/what-is-a-vision-board/). A bucket list is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime (Google).

Both the vision board and bucket list give visuals and motivation to the goals that are ideas that leave imprints on your mind. I firmly believe that the more you write and see your goals, the more you are impressed to act on them and bring them to fruition. So, let your bucket list and vision inspire you to take the steps to make your dreams come alive.

I haven’t yet created a bucket list, ever, but I have created a vision board and a new one for 2016 that I will most likely fine tune later. I also wanted to give you a sample vision board and share some of the goals that are my priorities this year. I have to learn to say no, the type of no without explaining myself. I want to walk confidently in my skin, redefine my style as I grow into that confident woman. I have to do the second part of “love your neighbor as yourself”. I have to continue building my career as an author, using the writing talents combined with the spiritual gifts-Exhorter, Compassion Person, Giver-God gave me to minister to and spread God’s love to people through the words God inspires. I want to be intentional with my time and be present. I want to travel and live free of the grips of fear. I want to get to the point where Jesus can get my undivided attention and devotion. Those are my vision board goals. If you are looking to create your own visual of your goals and priorities, read the Tools for your Journey below.

As always, I love to give and here are some Tools for your Journey!

To become goal-oriented:

  • Prepare mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.
  • Get a journal notebook, pens, highlighters.
  • Think about what it is you want, have wanted to do, need to do.
  • Write them down freely.
  • Pray that God will help you to prioritize those goals, reveal the motives of each goal, and gather His Word on each goal.
  • Ask God to help you know which goals are the ones He approves, and to reveal the seasons and strategies as well as the grace to accomplish them. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • Get some friends or family together and have a vision board party.
  • Get white plain boards, magazines, scrapbook materials, markers or laptops and cellphones if you want to do virtual boards.
  • Place your vision boards, goal lists in places you can see them or regularly view them.
  • Keep reading God’s Word so His desires can shape yours. (Psalm 37:4-5)
  • Remember to take it one day at a time and one step at a time.
  • Don’t worry about not having all you need to start bringing a goal to fruition. God will supply all of your needs according to His riches and glory. He will do the work; all you have to do is be a willing, obedient vessel. (Philippians 2:13)
  • Seek God and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Have an accountability partner.(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
  • Set deadlines once God has revealed the season to operate and be consistent towards reaching your goals.
  • Have a grateful and positive attitude.
  • Expect setbacks and opposition. But trust God and press anyway.
  • Don’t covet what someone else has. Remember walk in your own shoes! (Exodus 20:17)
  • Revisit your goals, and don’t be so focused on them that you can’t be present and enjoy life and all you have now.

Put your shoes on honey, our journeys await,

Tannika

Question for you: So, what will be on your vision board, bucket list, goal list?

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