Step 5. Now the good stuff
Once again, review your keyword/keyphrase list from Step 2 and your narrative successes from Step 3.
Then start writing the body of your resume. Don’t edit or worry about format or sentence structure at this stage. Just write. You can edit and refine your resume later.
Write a job description using your success narrative and keywords for each specific job you’ve held. Incorporate soft skills into your success stories, but don’t just list them. Instead, use examples to show how you use these soft skills to benefit past employers.
Remember that a good resume should be easy to read. Consider using bullet points for your accomplishments.
While bullet points are an excellent formatting technique, be selective in how you use them. They should be used to make key points stand out. If you bullet point everything, they all blend together, and nothing stands out.
A balance of short paragraphs and bullet points works best when resume writing.
Forget listing your responsibilities for each employment experience – they tend to get repeated from job to job and look like filler.
Besides, remember that job “responsibilities” are just a statement of what you were supposed to do–not what you actually did. Therefore, it is much better to emphasize accomplishments than job responsibilities.
Yet, as we’ve already explained, these responsibilities are often the words that are used in a job ad to describe the qualifications sought, so they can be essential keywords.
One solution is to create a skills section as part of your professional summary. This gives you a place to list skills that you know will be important keywords. Go back to your list and see if there are technical skills or other hard skills that you can list in a skills section.
You have many different options to include relevant skills in a skills summary. Here is just one example.