ATS Resume Templates

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What is a resume?

A resume is a brief summary of personal and professional experiences, skills, and education history. Its main purpose is to show off your best self to potential employers.

When applying for a job, you’re (in most cases) going to be asked for a resume accompanied by a cover letter.

If you manage to create a “good” resume, you’re going to 2x your chances of getting hired. Want to learn how?

Check out our complete guide on how to make a resume.

How to write a resume for your first job?

Students can still write a good resume with no experience.

Despite not having the ideal requirements for the job, there are still things you can talk about to portray your value such as:

  • Hard and soft skills
  • Achievements
  • Qualifications
  • Education
  • Testimonials
  • References

Quite a lot of different things you can look at!

In our examples listed later in this article, we’ve included a resume template that helped a student graduate land an interview with Sony. They had no work experience but still managed to fit quite a lot into their resume work experience section with an alternative aspect to focus on.

Resumes for Students: 3 Impressive Examples & Secure An Interview With No Experience

What to put on a resume?

We recommend having the following 5 sections included on every resume

  • Contact information
  • Resume summary or objective
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Skills

If you want to include additional information on your resume, you can also include the following sections:

  • Projects
  • Involvement
  • Coursework
For more information on how to place these sections on your resume, check out our article on what to put on a resume.

How to Format a Resume?

There are 3 typical resume formats:

The reverse chronological order is when the timeline starts with the most recent events going back to the oldest. For resumes, it means listing the latest job position and qualifications you’ve worked or achieved first. And then continuing backward from there.

Why the Reverse Chronological Resume Is the Most Popular Format

How long should a resume be?

Us? We recommend sticking to a single page because we’re advocates for quality over quantity and being clear over being smart.

With our approach, users who created a resume with Rezi have had over a 60% chance of landing an interview.

As long as your career goals are related to the job you want and you’re able to communicate your value to your employers, then the length of your resume isn’t the dealbreaker. It’s whether or not you meet their expectations.

Are Two-Page Resumes Good to Use in This Day and Age?

How to write a resume summary?

First impressions can make or break someone’s opinion of you.

Despite the popular phrase, we all judge a book by its cover. It’s built into our human instinct to do so. And with the first few words of your resume, it’s going to have an impact on your hiring manager.

More specifically, the resume summary plays an influential role in making a strong first impression.

Did you know that with Rezi’s AI writer you could create a resume summary in only a few seconds?

10 Powerful Resume Summary Examples (And How to Write One)

How to list work experience on a resume?

The resume work experience section covers your employment history.

One of the things your recruiters will be looking for in this part of your resume is the impact you’ve made in your previous job position.

It’s not enough to just list out your day to day routine...Your hiring managers will want to see what you’ve been responsible for. What difference did you make that shows you’re the ideal qualified and experienced candidate to hire?

Each work experience entry should contain the following:

  • Position title
  • Company name/description/location
  • Achievements or responsibilities
  • Dates employed

Now, if you want to create a work experience section that stands out, you want to focus on quantifiable achievements.

How to Make a Powerful Resume Work Experience (Including Examples)

How to list skills on a resume?

There are two main types of skills to put on a resume that every ATS and hiring manager will expect:

  1. Hard skills: these refer to the skills that are strictly required for the job. This relates to the professional qualities that you’ve developed through training and practice over the years.
  1. Soft skills: these refer to your universal skills that are applicable for multiple jobs. This relates to your personal qualities and social attributes that enable you to do your job better.

Even though there’s a distinct difference between the two, both are valuable.

Hard skills demonstrate that you can take on the main responsibilities of the job to a good standard. It proves you’re qualified enough to carry out your duties.

Whereas, soft skills are related to how well you work with other people. These show employers the other personal attributes you have that can lead to better job performance. In retrospect, it makes you a more competent candidate in the workplace.

Some skills could be keywords recruiters expect from candidates in their job applications to overcome the resume scanners.

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