Tips for Writing a Great Resume

By Malaika Charrington

Your resume has the potential to make or break your job search! A great resume can allow to stand out to potential employers, making you far more likely to get the job you want! Luckily for you, you can have a great professional resume in a few simple steps!


Employers use resumes to be able to get a basic understanding of a person’s skills, abilities and qualifications all compiled in one convenient location. Generally, this document should be brief, with no more than one or two pages of information and work experience that is relevant to the job that you’re applying for.

I strongly recommend using an online resume template, as these make it far easier to correctly format your resume. A basic resume should consist of at least 3 different categories: Education, where you list the schools you have attended and about majors or academic achievements, Work Experience, where you list any RELEVANT work experience (For example, if you’re applying to work as a librarian, don’t drole on  about your job experience as a pet groomer.) include your job title as well as your responsibilities, and a skills section that provides a short list of your soft skills (skills which characterize how you interact with others and how you approach work, such as leadership skills or flexibility) and hard skills (easily measurable skills, such as typing speed or knowledge of Microsoft Office systems). Some people also include a summary of their career goals in their resume.

Be sure to put lots of thought into your resume, and make it as accurate as you can. Be sure that your strengths shine through in your finished product. Lastly, DOUBLE, TRIPLE, QUADRUPLE CHECK YOUR RESUME FOR ERRORS! When you’re trying to make a good impression on a potential employer, it’s good to do so without any obvious grammatical errors. Have someone you trust check it over for you to ensure that it’s the best it can be.


For additional help, consider attending one of Urban League’s monthly resume writing classes. These classes are free of charge on the second Friday of every month!