Is your resume not landing you the jobs you want? Do you have a hard time selling yourself on paper? If you need help building a resume that gets you noticed, then keep reading because in this blog post you’ll learn 5 easy steps to help you put your resume together using the free tool Google Docs.
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Before I show you exactly how to build a resume using Google Docs, I have free resume template that I custom created inside of Google Docs that you can download now, to give you a head start.
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Free Sample Resume Template
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Step 1 – Fill in your contact information.
At the top of your resume, place your name in big bold font, with your phone number, city, state and zip, your email address and your LinkedIn URL.
Now remember, you don’t need to place you entire mailing address inside the contact information area, for security purposes, but you will want to include a custom LinkedIn URL.
If you don’t have a custom LinkedIn URL, you need to create one right away and then place the custom LinkedIn URL on your resume. If you don’t have a custom LinkedIn URL, jump over to LinkedIn, click on the Me icon in the upper right hand corner, then select “edit public profile and URL”. Click on the edit icon inside the “Edit your custom URL section.”
From here you can choose a combination of your name, either first, middle or last to create a unique URL that makes it easier for others to find you on LinkedIn. This looks a lot better than the combination of numbers and letters LinkedIn assigns you by default.
Step 2 – Create Your Professional Summary
Your professional summary is the section that falls right below your contact information and is the very first thing a hiring official will read so it needs to be spectacular.
In the example template, we begin with the action verbs, “reliable, energetic and resourceful”, from there list the exact title of the position you’d like to obtain or list your current title.
You’ll want to customize this section so that it is specific to you.
Mention how many years of experience you have in this industry and how your background and expertise are the ideal fit for the position. Make sure you also list how you can help the company solve their biggest problems.
Step 3 – Add Your Work Experience
Start by listing the company, followed by the city and state where the company is located and then right align the dates you worked in that position.
Place your job title right below that and include 4 – 6 bullet point items that mention your greatest accomplishments while you were in the position.
Be very careful not to mention job duties you performed, but rather achievements you made while on the job.
I know that this is not an easy task, so to help you with this, I created an in depth tutorial on how to write achievement statements for your resume. I’ve linked this video so you can take a look at it as soon as your done with this one.
Step 4 – Add Your Education
After your work experience, you’ll add your education, including the type of degree you received, the name of the degree and the institution you received the degree from.
You can also add the month and year you earned the degree or if you’re still in school, you can list your expected graduation date.
The education section is also a great place to add special training or certificates you’ve received that relate directly to your industry.
An example of this would be a diploma from a trade school or short-term training program. This could be something like a certified nursing assistant, a commercial driver or a massage therapist.
If you really want your education section to shine you can add things like clubs and organizations you participated in, academic honors, or relevant coursework.
Step 5 – Add Other Relevant Sections
Below your education section, place other sections on your resume that will make an impact. This is a great way to highlight your talents, skills and expertise.
Some of my favorite sections to add to a resume is Professional Skills, Volunteer Experience, and Professional Memberships.
Choose these other sections strategically. For example, if you have little or no work experience, you definitely want to have volunteer experience on your resume and perhaps a professional memberships section.
Now if you have a significant amount of work experience, you may not need a lot of other sections on your resume.
Employers are going to focus on what you’ve been doing most recently. In the Google Docs template, I added a handful of sections you can choose from for your own resume.
Free Sample Resume Template
Your resume is one of the most important documents you’ll create in your lifetime. Download your free resume template TODAY to land more interviews and better job offers!