Writing a writer’s resume is very different from writing a resume in other fields. There is specific information you should include. Writer’s resumes are typically used when applying to grants, residencies and publications and are usually short, informative, easy-to-read and organized chronologically.
So how do you summarize your life as a writer in resume? Here are eight tips to help you:
Keep your resume visually appealing by organizing it in categories. They will help you stay focused and leave out any information that isn’t necessary. These categories are usually: education, publications, residencies/workshops and recognition and awards.
It’s important to list all of your achievements, but leave out the detailed descriptions, as this can clutter the page and make it harder for the reader to digest the information. Only include information pertinent to your writing career. Leave off less important items, such as experience from early in your career and irrelevant work experience.
When you mention your accomplishments, be specific as you can with numbers and figures. For example, instead of stating that you wrote some feature stories for a magazine, focus on one or two big stories read by a high number of people and state the impact they had.
It is absolutely crucial for writers to avoid careless mistakes. Meticulously review your resume for grammar and punctuation mistakes. Check for misspellings and typos and ask someone to double-check it to make sure it’s perfect.
Keep your format simple. Make sure your name and contact information are on the first page, and that your name is on every page. Minimize your use of Bold, underline, caps and Italic. You may use bulleted or numbered points, but in moderation.
Don’t get carried away with a variety of fonts, pick a sober one.
One of the best ways to improve your resume is to see how other writers do it since there are many different ways of organizing your information. Many writers post their resumes on their website, so you can easily have access to them and use them to improve yours.
What you decide to include in your resume and how you decide to write it can mean the difference of being hired or not. Use these tips to increase your chances of getting hired by writing an exceptional resume. Remember that your resume will actually reflect your writing and editing skills.
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Jennifer is the business developer that works in different areas of education, technology, security and various types of online marketing. Prior to business developing Jennifer was consultant at Deloitte, and managed security services provider and developer of a wide range of security solutions.