Resume Writing Guide Including Tips and Examples, and Templates

Pile of resumes with glasses and pen.
••• Peter Dazeley

If you're job hunting and need to write a resume, it can be difficult to organize your education, jobs, and experiences into one brief document that represents you in your best light.

This guide to resume writing includes advice on how to create a professional resume, how to choose an appropriate resume format, how to write customized and targeted resumes, and what to include in your resume. You'll also find professionally-written resume samples, examples, and templates that can be adapted to suit your needs. If you're proficient in two areas, it's advisable to produce two different resumes that speak to your experience and training.

Resume Writing Guide

Choose the Best Type of Resume
There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal and professional circumstances, you will need to choose a targeted, chronological, functional, or a combination resume. Take the time to explore each type of resume and then decide which format will work best for your unique circumstances and work history.

Guidelines for What to Include in a Resume
It's important to know what kind of detailed information to include in your resume, such as appropriate fonts and margins. This guide also includes resume formatting, appropriate resume sections, and various examples and templates.

How to Create a Professional Resume
Your resume needs to be professional and polished. If you don't have an attractive resume, your application probably won't get a second glance from a hiring manager. Here's how to create a professional looking resume without incurring the cost of hiring someone to write it for you. 

Review Resume Samples and Templates
Here's where you'll be able to review professional resume samples that fit a variety of employment situations and types of jobs. These sample resumes and templates will help you format your resume, no matter what kind of job you're looking for.

When – and When Not – to Include a Resume Objective
When writing a resume, some people choose to state an objective at the top of their resume, rather than including it in the body of their cover letter. Here's how, and when, to include an objective. You might also want to consider including a resume profile or a headline instead of an objective.

Resume Skills Lists
To get your resume noticed by employers, it’s important to include your most current skills and qualifications. Here’s a list of skills to include in resumes (and cover letters) including general skills and skills listed by job type.

Resume Action Verbs List
In order to get your resume to stand out from the crowd, you need to use action verbs that speak to accomplishments. You can use any of the action verbs on this list when describing the positions you've held instead of simply providing a list of job duties.

Resume Checklist
This checklist includes everything you need to include in your resume. Make sure you look at this list to ensure you’ve included all the information employers expect to see on a resume.

How to Handle a Resume Gap
Here’s how to explain an employment gap in your work history to a hiring manager..

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