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Want to write a great resume? Become a Poet ๐Ÿ““

Updated: Jul 15, 2020


There is not an all-size fit all with resumes. Your resume should be tailored to the industry you are in, and more importantly, the role you are applying to.


We could give you another guide of how to write a great resume / or Resume 101, but instead, we wrote you 10 poems which include best practices ๐Ÿ’ก.


Key:


๐Ÿ”— Links to External Articles


โ€œResumes are not Redโ€


Based on a Sir Edmund Spenser poem โ€œThe Faerie Queeneโ€


Roses are red ๐ŸŒน


Resumes are black ๐Ÿ“„


Black Helvetica font, I mean ๐Ÿ’ป


In 8 ยฝ x 11 white paper ๐Ÿ–จ๏ธ


Professional, Concise, and Clean ๐Ÿ’ผ


Single-Space, double space only for essays โ˜‘๏ธ


Giving you the foundation ๐Ÿ—๏ธ


To write up the best 1-page resume ๐Ÿ‘


The best in the nation ๐Ÿ†


Note / Helvetica is not the only acceptable font. We are just a bit biased ๐Ÿ˜‰. You can also use other Sans Serif fonts such as Arial, Verdana, Trebuchet MS, Century Gothic, Gill Sans MT (but NEVER Comic Sans), Lucida Sans and Tahoma.


If you are in a creative industry, you might have more room to add a pop of color, but even then I would save that for your personal website.


Bonus / Having a website can increase your chances of getting an interview ๐Ÿ’ฏ.


โ€œHeadersโ€


Based on Langston Hughes poem, โ€œDreamsโ€


Hold fast to headers ๐Ÿค—

For if headers die ๐Ÿ’€

A resume is a broken-winged bird ๐Ÿฆ…

That cannot fly ๐Ÿ˜ข


To fly high, include your full name โœ”๏ธ

Phone number, so you donโ€™t wonder โœ”๏ธ

If they canโ€™t reach you โ˜Ž๏ธ

Email, so if issues come up, you can prevail ๐Ÿ“ง

Home address is optional ๐Ÿ“; not longer required

The Url to your personal website if you want to fly higher ๐Ÿ’ธ

No photo needed; this is not an ID. ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿฟ


Hold fast to headers ๐Ÿค—

For when headers go๐Ÿ˜ข

A resume is a barren-field ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Frozen with snow ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ


Note / Headers are important but donโ€™t go wild. Remember, professional and sleek are the keys to the game ๐Ÿ”‘๐Ÿ”‘. Make sure to make your full name stand out by increasing the size of the font and bolding it.



โ€œThe Resume Not Writtenโ€


Based on a Robert Frost poem, โ€œThe Road Not Takenโ€


Two types of resumes diverge in my computer,

And sorry I could not write both

And be one person, long I sat

And considered both options, while staring at my cat ๐Ÿˆ

Until she felt asleep at night


The most common resume is chronological โณ

Where you list your experiences

With your most recent work history first; kind of methodical

But there is also functional, where it focuses on your skills

This is ideal for people making a career change

So you can show hiring managers your transferable skills (๐Ÿ”—)


I shall be telling you this with a sigh ๐Ÿ˜”

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two resumes diverge in my computer, and I

Chose the structure that was perfect for me, ๐Ÿ’š

And that has made all the difference


Once you selected a structure

Included your header; Adjusted your margins

like you are making a sculpture ๐Ÿ—ฟ

Set up your font and your colors

You can choose to include a resume objective

2-3 sentences; save the rest for the cover

Not a magazine cover. A Cover Letter (๐Ÿ”—) is more effective

But in some cases you can include a few more sentences

With drafting a resume summary

So many things to do, but not need to hurry


Next step, is to actually write out your experiences

The ones that matter to your role the most

I am not worried, since I know you are a boss ๐Ÿ’ช


Note / A lot of us spend hours trying to choose the best resume template similar to how long we spend picking a family movie on Netflix. ๐Ÿ“ข Mami, pick a pelicula already, please.


I recommend you start with a simple template that you like and feel comfortable using, and then ask people in your field for lots of feedback. You are never going to build the perfect resume in one sitting.


โ€œResume Categoriesโ€


Based on a type of poem, called Haikus


1. โ€œEducation Section (๐Ÿ”—)โ€


Include your major

Graduation dates and awards ๐ŸŽ“

And GPA too


Note / Add relevant completed courses, awards & honors, and clubs & organizations. Only include your GPA if it's higher than 3.0. You can also have a separate section for Extracurricular Activities where you list your clubs & organizations, especially those where you have leadership roles if you are still in college. Take a similar approach if you have any certifications and licenses (๐Ÿ”—).


2. โ€œTechnical Skills (๐Ÿ”—)โ€


Software Engineers ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Highlight your programming skills

Jira to Python


Note / Only list skills (๐Ÿ”—) that are relevant to your role and that you are proficient in. Remember, the first person that reads your resume (๐Ÿ”—) is not a person at all. It is a robot ๐Ÿค– (๐Ÿ”—). To ensure success, include the coding languages that are in the job description or ask the recruiter or hiring managers in advance, what technical skills are essential for the role.




3. โ€œWork Experience Section (๐Ÿ”—)โ€


Include the jobs held

A bulleted list of tasks

And duties performed โ˜‘๏ธ


Note / Also, include the location of the job and the date. In general, focus on outcomes. Use action verbs (๐Ÿ”—) and as much quantitative data as possible. For example, โ€œCatalogued 500+ pieces of inventory into our Salesforce database which increased our revenue by 10%.



4. โ€œSkills Section (๐Ÿ”—)โ€


Based on the role, write

A quick outline of your skills

Both โ€œhardโ€ and โ€œsoftโ€ skills ๐Ÿง 


Note / Only list skills (๐Ÿ”—) that are relevant to your role and that you are proficient in. Remember, the first person that reads your resume is not a person at all. It is a robot๐Ÿค–. To ensure success, include the skills that are in the job description or ask the recruiter or hiring managers in advance, what skills are essential for the role.



4. Another Example Focused on Soft Skills - Continuation


5. โ€œInterest & Affiliation Section (๐Ÿ”—)โ€



Only list interests

Relevant to your role or

If it shows new skills ๐Ÿค“


Note / The fact you like hiking ๐Ÿฅพ is not relevant as long as you are applying to a hiking company, or there happens to be a hiking club at the employer you are interested in working for. Take a similar approach if you decide to show volunteering experience (๐Ÿ”—). Overall, emphasize activities where you had a leadership role.



6. โ€œLanguages (๐Ÿ”—)โ€


Conversational

To proficient only

Global Citizen ๐ŸŒ


Note / If you took a Duolingo class for Portuguese and you are only in beginner level, donโ€™t put it on your resume (๐Ÿ”—) as it might come back to haunt you. Imagine if the interviewer is Brazilian, and you wrote that you are proficient in Portuguese, but thatโ€™s not really the case. It is better to be honest from the beginning.



โ€œThe Resume of Your Dreamsโ€


Based on The Notorious B.I.G, โ€œJuicyโ€

It was all a dream ๐Ÿ’ญ

I use to read up Forbes Magazine ๐Ÿ“ฐ

Jessica Alba and Oprah up in the limousine

Hangin' pictures on my wall, every Michelle Obama speech, Beyonce, and Lebron James

I started to imagine big

And man, I was going to make it


You never thought that I would take it this far

Now I am in the limelight, cause my resume is tight

Time to get paid, shining bright like a star ๐ŸŒŸ

Remembering the days I used to struggle

But now anything life throws at me

I can juggle


I am blowing up like I thought I would

I am confident

I believe in my strengths

Itโ€™s like I am an avenger

With multiple superpowers ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ


So call me up, check out my resume

I am ready for an interview ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ

And if you donโ€™t know,

Now you know


Note / Thatโ€™s right. There is an invisible category in your resume, and that is confidence. No one is going to believe in yourself more than you. You are going to get a lot of โ€œNoโ€™sโ€ (๐Ÿ”—), but as long as you know, what you bring to the table, the right opportunity will come along. In the meantime, keep making your resume better.


Make sure to save multiple versions of your resume using this format [First Name_Last Name_Employer_Date of Last Revision]. This signals that you are organized, and also mitigates you sending the wrong version of your resume. In fact, you should be tailoring your resume for each job to ensure your success ๐Ÿ’ฏ.


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