Ultimate Guide to Resume Writing [Part 1]: How to Write Resume for 2020

Updated: Jul 2

If you've made the decision that 2020 is going to be the year to achieve your career aspirations, there is one task that stands between you and your goal - writing a resume. To put your best foot forward, you need to create a resume that does justice to your experience and skills – one that presents you in the best light and sets you apart from other candidates. However, standing out from the competition is not easy when you are trying to figure out how to properly format, organize, and create content for your resume. And all the contradictory information on the Internet makes even the most experienced professionals dwell over every single word they type. If you are looking for a one-stop shop where all your questions are answered in a clear and understandable way, you've come to the right place! We've created this step-by-step guide and resume templates aligned with all best practices to make your job search in 2020 easier. From your contact details to the length and formatting, this guide has all your resume-writing questions covered.

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What's included? The Resume Writing Guide for 2020 works like a recipe. You will get information about all the ingredients you need to create a perfect resume. Additionally, you will learn how to combine them to make a resume you are proud of.

The guide is divided into two main sections:

  1. Creating content [part 1]

  2. Polishing the structure [part 2] - coming out on 9th January 2020

In this part, you will find out:

► How to structure your resume

► Which parts should be included in your resume and which shouldn’t

► What to include in your personal statement [template included]

► How to describe your job responsibilities in the work experience section

► How to quantify your responsibilities and key achievements

And much more…

Simply said, you will learn how to create a perfect resume that will win interviews and land jobs in 2020.

Ready? Buckle your seat belt and let's start!

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1. Open MS Word/Mac Pages

...or any other program you are comfortable with.The important thing is that you feel confident with the program you choose, so you can make all the changes with ease. Additionally, you should be able to save your document as a PDF file. This is the most common document type companies are looking for. It will also preserve your original formatting. Regardless of the operating system readers might have, they will see it in the form you want them to see it.

2. Introduce yourself

The very first thing you will write down should be your name and surname.

Don't include nicknames, no matter how close they are to your heart.This part is easy and straightforward, however, there are two things we want to highlight:

  • Write down the name from your legal documents to avoid any issues with hiring. Be consistent and use the same name and surname in all your job search documents and communications.

  • Your name and surname are the first thing employers will read on your CV. You want them to be seen and remembered. So, it should be easy to find them.

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3. Tell them how to reach you

Contact details should be right below your name and surname.They need to be visible and clear.

Don't confuse recruiters with three phone numbers and two email addresses. One phone number and one email address - those you are always available on - are more than enough.

Also, you don't need to include your full home address.

Ditch the street and home number, leave only the city and country/state. If you are applying for international opportunities, include your country/state too.