When you search for resume ideas, you may be looking for a variety of things. Resume ideas could include ideas on how to write a resume, what format to use, and what to put on your resume, or could include more complicated ideas, like ideas on what order to arrange things on your resume and what words to use to make your resume stand out.
You might be searching for resume ideas because you don’t know how to write a resume, and need an idea of where to start. The good news is, Backlight can help you! Our blog has countless articles on resume writing and other career advice, including a Step by Step Guide on Writing a Resume, a “How-To” Guide for a more Professional Resume, an article on the Best Resume Format and many more on the rest of our blog! We also offer a wide variety of templates. Even better, if you don’t want to go through all of the steps of teaching yourself how to write a great resume from scratch, our service uses artificial intelligence and input from career service professionals to provide you with a professional resume from scratch!
If you have never written a resume before, you might want to check out these articles: Writing a Resume, How to Make a Resume, and Simple Resume. They will teach you how to write a resume from scratch.
A resume is meant to highlight your experiences and achievements, and the advice in these articles will help you figure out the necessary components of your resume, get these down on paper in a professional way. Some of the main takeaways are that you want to include your contact information, education, professional history, and other experiences. You want to describe your experiences and your role in them in order to give your potential employer an idea of what you may be able to provide them. Think about it as not only giving background about you, but providing evidence of why you would be good for the job.
A very important component of resume-writing is formatting. Check out our articles: Resume Styles, Resume Templates, Resume Outline, and Best Resume Format. These will help you figure out which type of format is best, tell you where to put what, including all of the details about each point on your resume, and also provide examples of formats.
Some major takeaways are that there are a wide variety of formats ranging from simple to classic to creative and you should adjust your format depending on the industry you are applying for, you should group similar experiences together and divide up your resume into sections, and you should always put the most important and relevant information first.
You may also be looking for new and different resume ideas because you are applying to a job in an industry you are unfamiliar with, or are looking for help on how to tailor your resume to a certain kind of job. Check out our articles: Resume Samples and Examples, How To: A Sales Resume, Customer Service Resume, and our Resume Design Guide.
These will give you some fresh, industry-specific resume ideas and will tell you what is most important to focus on for a given industry. Some major takeaways are that you want to think about the feel of the industry or company and what culture that promotes and try to incorporate this when decide what experiences to include on your resume, and which aspects to highlight the most, and also that there are multiple ways to frame an experience to appeal to different industries and employers.
Here are some highlights and continuations of the advice on our blog:
If you need some ideas about what to put on your resume, first try reading about the company and position you are applying for. Then, write out all of your experiences and achievements from the past 5 years, including jobs you’ve had, clubs you’ve been a part of, volunteer work you’ve done, awards you’ve won. Also write out some of your interests and any other activities you do. Try to draw connections between what you have done, what the company is doing, and what the position requires. Use these connections as guidance when you are writing your bullet points.
When describing your experiences, you don’t need full sentences – it is preferable to use bullet points. Always start your sentences with action words to grab the recruiter’s attention. You can look online to find lists of action words but essentially you can think about them as verbs that put you as the subject of the action. See more on this in (x article).
Don’t make your skills, interests and activities section random. Don’t include skills just to fill up space if they are completely irrelevant to the job.