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ive been wanting to get a job for a while especially when ive been planning on finally moving out by the end of the year

however i need some help with writing my resume, i just mainly have a problem of starting it because writing it seems so overwhelming and it jus causes me to procrastinate even more T^T

tips and advice is greatly appreciated ^^

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I would say keep it simple list your experiences and try to be as honest as possible about them list past jobs and skills you got from them list whatever study's you have keep it simple for sure thi

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Google resume templates, guidelines, and recommendations.  You will find tons of ideas, articles, and help.  Don’t let it intimidate you.  You can always come back here for help.   I have lots of experience with resumes, searches, and hiring. 

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- Keep it to one page

- structure: Work experience, Education, extra-curricular activities

- Minimal formatting. Text and bullet points

GOOD LUCK!

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There are a bunch of sites that offer free downloads to get you started. 

This was one of the first that popped up in a search.

SFW https://resumegenius.com/resume-samples/resume-for-beginners 

I've never used it and have no affiliation with it but it looked ok.

Find a template to download and give us a holler here if you need help or suggestions.

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thank you everyone who response to this forum! i'll try and make a resume later today after im done cleaning up my room, again, thank you for your help!

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The tricky thing about resumes now is that a lot of them are fed through programs that look for keywords from the job posting, so you might have to tailor each resume to each specific job posting. But start with a master resume first, as you planned. It’s easier to rearrange and highlight certain points later and slot in a few keywords.

Because a lot of resumes are scanned by computers first, keep it as simple as possible in terms of design. Avoid graphs, photos, fancy fonts or anything like that. Let your skills do the shining. ☺️

Take time to figure out the best kind of resume for your experience. Some resumes are better for people with gaps in their work history, and some are better for people with a clear career trajectory. If you’re just starting out, include volunteering, certificates, clubs, school achievements, etc. 

Some governments or social supports will have free resume writing workbooks. I used one offered by my province and it was very helpful. It provided a list of “action words” (ie organized, planned, structured, etc - you want an impactful verb to introduce each point). It had brainstorming worksheets and all kinds of good tips. 😊

Your library might have some excellent resume writing resources as well. I like to browse online to see what the new resume standards are and to find simple templates. 

Go section by section. One page (max two, which is allowable) can go by very quickly once you’re on a roll. And the nice thing about resumes is that you can always edit them as much as you like. So if you aren’t getting results with one resume, you can retool it later. 
 

Good luck! ☺️

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As a former HR professional there are a couple of things I would recommend.

1. Absolutely 110% take the time to tailor your resume to the specific job and company you are applying to for a job. You will always have skills that will have different levels of appeal to different employers.

2. Focus on skills versus tasks. Often people will describe tge tasks they did at previous jobs but tasks aren't always transferable. Skills are something you can transfer from one job to another.

3. If you have access to an HR professional have them look at your resume.

4. For your current job using present tense verbs while for previous job use past tense verbs. Starting each bullet point with a verb is a great way to keep the focus on your skills.

5. Also, when describing work be sure you're clearly illustrating your role and any specific outcomes that can be highlighted.

There are more tips but these are some of the most important.

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Hey, I recently saw a video by Jeff Su (Pardon me if the name isn't correct) on how to use chat gpt to make a better resume. It even helps you find quantifiable information regarding every job responsibility you had and how to tackle in case you don't have much experience 

 

I personally used the tips and pointers he had to craft a resume that had much better from employers and job boards. 

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I very, very much discourage people from using generative AI when preparing a resume. There are a lot of conflicting views and there are many companies that screen for and eliminate resumes created using generative AI, it's NOT worth the risk.

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On 7/5/2024 at 3:52 AM, Little kaiya said:

I very, very much discourage people from using generative AI when preparing a resume. There are a lot of conflicting views and there are many companies that screen for and eliminate resumes created using generative AI, it's NOT worth the risk.

I totally agree with using generative AI. The output is, as you said, not worth the risk. 

 

However, as most organization use ATS you need a CV that can help you get past it. Using techniques such as role prompting, key word analysis, Skill analysis the CV can be significantly enhanced to mirror the work of a professional CV writer. 

You can also formulate the individual bullets to mirror the "Achieved X by doing y which resulted in Z" (an example).

It takes significantly more time than working on a CV by yourself and using AI you can get a decent idea of how it stacks up (A percentage match) against the individual job descriptions. While CVs made generative AI aren't worth it, spending some time can really improve the quality and how the CV performs on ATS platform. 

You could always make both if you have the time. But up to you

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