An Easy Way to Create a Resume from Scratch

You don't have to be a graphic designer to create a resume that is good enough to land any job or, at the very least get you started in your job search.

The very first thing I'd do is create an email address you can check easily from your phone, tablet, or a computer. Very rarely do companies reach out through phone first, they usually send a hot email requesting information from you as you begin the interview process. I personally think Google is the best email provider for one simple reason, it's compatible with everything. It also includes some cool features that will actually aid you in your resume building process (I will expand on that shortly). If you already have a google or preferred email address then you are all set to start applying...but first, resume.

A few resume etiquette tips before I jump into the creation process...
You may not think you're good with words, but that isn't the point here. The point is you need a few bullet points (highlights) of things you know how to do for every work experience you've had in the last 5-7 years. Quality over quantity, but it also doesn't need to be 5 pages long either. Let's say, for sake of urgency that this is a rough draft to get you started, it doesn't have to be perfect. You can have a trusted professional look over your resume after your draft is complete. Make sure that the font is easy on the eyes for anyone to follow (read from left to right). It's okay to get fancy and throw in designs later. The one thing employers are looking for are your qualifications so boast about yourself with as few words as possible.

Okay, now for how to create the resume...
I highly recommend using Microsoft Word because it is the premier word document application. You can access it on any public computer. If you have a personal laptop or desktop, you should have it as well. If you find that your personal computer has an outdated Word version, this is where having a Google email account comes in handy.
Here's a quick reference on how to create your resume using Google docs

  • Go to the Google homepage (www.google.com), sign in. Now at the top right of the page you will see a square box made of dots. Click on the dots and here you will see Google apps.



From here Google Docs allows you to choose from their plethora of resume templates. The cool thing about Google docs is you can email it to anyone you want and give them whatever permission you desire. If you're having a friend proof read it, you should allow them to make edits to the doc. If you're sending it to someone for any other reason I'd be sure to make you don't allow edits to be made because Google docs doesn't have a save button. So everything you do is live and automatically saves when you exit the browser. The other cool thing is you can do everything I mentioned with Google Docs from your mobile device. That's right, you can create your resume from scratch, from your phone. The Google Docs app can be accessed anywhere where you can log into your google account. You can save it as a word document or even as a PDF once you're ready to start sending it to potential employers.

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