The Young Professional's Guide For Writing Resumes

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The Young Professional's Guide For Writing Resumes

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The Young Professional’s Guide For Writing Resumes is for anyone who is creating a resume for the first time or fixing up their existing resume as they launch into a job search. This 25-page guide provides detailed information about how to write a resume, which strategies work best (and which to avoid), and offers many examples to help anyone develop a resume that will land them job interviews.

Who is this Guide for:

  • Current college students looking to create/revise a resume for an internship or job search. I spent many of my professional years working at colleges and universities. I wrote this guide with specific information for people just starting their professional careers who might have limited experiences and skills, but need to sell what they’ve got.

  • The entry-level professional looking to gain more experience in their desired industry or break into a new industry. If you are getting ready to graduate from college or recently graduated and are looking to transition to a more professional role, this guide can help you figure out how to tailor your resume to land you more interviews.

  • The mid-level professional who is trying to transition to a new role, but keeps seeing rejection emails. Many folks think they have a good resume because they’ve landed jobs in the past, but to advance their career (for a promotion or higher role at a new company) they need to step up their game. This guide gets down to basics ensuring your resume is representing you and your experiences in the way to get you noticed. I go into detail about how to create a resume to get through Applicant Tracking Systems and to start seeing interview offers instead of rejection emails.

  • The experienced professional who has never had to rely on a resume to land a job. If you are one of the lucky individuals who has great connections and has fallen into most of your jobs, congrats! That’s a great place to be…until you want a new opportunity and now you’ve got to work for it. This guide will help you learn what’s important on a resume, what to leave off, how to stack your experiences to highlight your most important work, and will teach you how to create a master document so you never end up having to start from scratch again.

Who is this guide NOT for:

  • Experienced professionals who have a vast amount of career experience and are transitioning to something high-level or new.

  • Academics or anyone needing to write a CV

  • People looking to apply for government jobs as those typically require special resumes

  • Anyone who is lazy and wants someone to just write a resume for them


The internet is FULL of resume info and examples, but how do you know what can be trusted? As a seasoned career coach, I have edited and revised thousands of resumes. This guide is everything I know about writing a resume that will land you a job interview. Written in my voice, you will hear the honest truth about resume successes and pitfalls.

I know examples are the best way to guide anyone when writing a resume. I not only included vivid examples for writing each section of the resume, but at the end I include a BONUS of 3 free resume samples to guide you as you draft your own resume.

Example Content:

“I’m going to give you some formatting guidelines, but ultimately this is your resume. It represents you. Not me. Just you. You are in control. BUT (there’s always a but) consistency is KEY. Whatever font you decide on, THAT’S YOUR FONT. If you decide to bold your position titles, YOU BOLD ALL OF YOUR POSITION TITLES. If you use that long dash between your date ranges, YOU ALWAYS USE THAT DAMN LONG DASH. If it seems like I’m yelling at you, it’s because I am. This is the most important formatting rule. Well, this and don’t make your resume look obnoxious.”

“First and Last name. Font size about 14. Bold the font. If you go by another name regularly (say your name is Nathaniel, but you go by Nate), then write it like this: Nathaniel (Nate) Johnson. This way employers know your legal name, but also know what to actually call you. If you go by a nickname (say Big Cheese), then don’t do this. Keep it professional, Big Cheese.”

“Think of it like this, if I’m a recruiter and the position I’m hiring for gets 100 applicants. Going through 100 resumes would take a long time. By using an applicant tracking system, I can identify keywords and have the software scan all the resumes and notify me which ones most closely align with the positions I’m hiring for. Often times an ATS will eliminate up to 75% of the resumes. If this happens, now I only have 25 resumes to look through. By tailoring your resume and making it applicant tracking system friendly you can stand out as the top 25% of candidates and have a real human look at your application.”