Build Your Professional Resume

A great interview starts with a great resume

Kickstart your job search by building a professional-quality resume, with some help from experts

This resume builder was created with the guidance and input of career-building industry experts with over 20 years of resume writing and professional career coaching experience. These professionals have helped thousands of people find rewarding careers and have provided their insight and expertise into this application.

A resume is just a piece of paper intended to get your foot in the door. It’s a first step on the road to employment. But like any other journey, the first step can often be the toughest. We want to help you take that step so we created our Resume Builder application, a comprehensive yet simple step-by-step guide to help you build your own resume from scratch. You’ll then be able to save your resume to your computer and take it with you to any employer.

Best of all, this service is free for you to use as
you’d like.

It’s not enough to just give you a tool to create a
resume - we want to help you fill it out and use it too. We consulted with industry-experts who help people create resumes for a living to get their input and pass their insight on to you. And making a resume is just the start. In addition to creating your very own professional resume, you will be registered for our site so you can find or be found by employers looking for people with your skills.

So not only will you get a full resume to take home, but we’ll put you in front of employers who are ready to hire. Our goal is to give you a simple, powerful, and flexible tool that will help you to get your foot in the door and on the path to finding a rewarding career.

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Disclaimer: While we do our best to provide the excellent guidance and templates, your resume is only as good as the information you put into it. Fledgeling is not responsible for the content of your resume nor are we responsible for you getting a job from use of our services.

Step 1

Goals

What do you want to do and why?

A proper resume begins with what you want to do and why you want to do it. The "what" is the job, the "why" is commonly referred to as your Mission Statement or Objective.

What should I put here?

Job Title

Many first time jobseekers make the simple mistake of not tailoring their resume to the job they are applying for. Your resume is among the first things an employer will see before they decide to interview you, so you should always make sure you are speaking to your audience. Decide what job title you want this resume to reflect, and place it here.

DO's:

  1. Make sure it is representative of what you wish to do
  2. If you already know of the position you are looking for, use that terminology. (ex. if an advertised sales position is listed as "Account Manager", use that)
  3. This is a title, so be sure to Capitalize The First Letter Of Each Word

DON'T's:

  1. Don’t use a title you aren’t going for. We all want to be CEO's...start small.
  2. Don’t be generic. Similar to the example in #2 in DO's, use a descriptive title over "Salesman". It will make you look more professional.
  3. Don’t just say "Student" or "Intern". Pick a job you want to have, even if you’re applying for internships. You can explain your goals in the Mission Statement.

What should I put here?

Mission Statement / Objective

This is your opportunity to explain what you're all about and why you're applying for this job. First explain what your goal with the resume is (the job you wish to obtain), then explain what makes you an ideal candidate for this job and some a few skills that are demonstrative of your ability to do this job.

A good sample formula for your Objective is:

"To obtain a(n) (Level or type of position) position in (Field of work) with a focus on (type of work you wish to do). I would be ideal for this role because (Explanation of what skills or experience you have to offer this employer)."

Ex 1. "OBJECTIVE:
To obtain an entry-level position in the hospitality industry with a focus on guest services. I would be ideal for this role because I possess excellent people skills, have experience in hotel operations, and have demonstrated the ability to go above and beyond for clients."

Ex 2. "OBJECTIVE:
To obtain a junior developer position in the mobile application field. I would be ideal for this role because I have over two years of experience in the software field, have several applications on the App Store, and I possess strong knowledge of UX design principles."

DO's:

  1. Be bold. This is where you tell them what you want and it’s the first thing they’re going to read after your name and job title.
  2. Be precise. There are entire industries dedicated to "the perfect pitch" - that is, making your impression in the fewest words possible. Make your "pitch" short and to the point, this will give you more stuff to talk about when you do get an interview.
  3. Always double check. Make sure your grammar, spelling, and language are all correct and then check it again. You're showcasing your hireability, you don't want an employer to see a careless mistake and write you off before you even get to the interview.

DON'T's:

  1. Don’t talk about yourself personally. You can explain your hobbies and history when you’re in person. Make this objective about your professional chops.
  2. Don’t list any hard numbers. Leave your WPM count and sales figures for the Skills and Achievements section.
  3. Don't treat this like a cover letter. A proper cover letter is for reaching out to a specific company and includes the company's name and what you like about that company. The Objective is more broad and should be able to encompass all of the employers you are targeting.

Step 2

Education

What schools have you been to and what did you get from them?

Employers want to know about your education history because it gives
them a window to see what you have done or are doing.

You’ve probably heard it before: it’s not where you went but what you did that counts. Employers are always looking for talented individuals who are motivated to succeed and having a good academic record with some notable achievements goes a long way to showing them that you would be a good employee.

TIP: Add your most recent education first, then work your way back in time.

What should I put here?

Add Education

When listing your education, be sure to be specific about each school. How far you went, how long you were there, and what the focus was, if any. If the school didn't have traditional majors or minors (like in High School), don't fill that part out. If you are still enrolled, be sure to check off the "Currently enrolled" button so we can display that for you.

Adding your Achievements:

The key to showcasing your education history is to elaborate on what you did at school that made you stand out - no matter what that is. Valedictorians and class president aren't the only things that matter here. Academic achievements such as GPA and standardized test scores are increasingly important depending on the position you’re looking for, but you will have to gauge your confidence in those scores before deciding whether to include them or not.

Many things that you think aren't important can be spun into positive attributes that make you a better candidate for the job:

  • Playing competitive sports demonstrate that you work well in high pressure situations and team sports show you operate effectively in team environments.
  • Did you join a chess club? That makes you a good critical thinker.
  • Did you act in a school play? Your public speaking skills must be through the roof!

Lastly, if you're still attending school, you should take the opportunity to pursue activities like these so that later on you can add them to your resume. You can always come back and update this resume on Fledgeling to show it off.

+ Add Education

Preview

Preview of how the entries will show up on your resume.

Step 3

Work Experience

What kind of skills have you developed from your past work?

A strong resume shows not just where you've worked, but the knowledge,
skills, and abilities you developed working there.

This is the most important part of your resume. It showcases where you've worked, what you've learned, and most importantly what you offer your next potential employer. A proper work experience should include the time you've worked, a description and the job title you held while there, as well as any achievements you've had while at work. There are also skills that you may possess that aren't directly related to a specific job function. Click "What should I put here?" to learn more about each.

TIP: Add your most recent work experience first, then work your way back in time.

What should I put here?

Add Experience

Work experience is straightforward, however for many people just beginning their career having years of valuable relevant work experience isn't possible yet. Fortunately, there are ways to accentuate the experience you have and showcase your achievements for the work you have done. If you have ever volunteered at summer camps or done community service, you should list what you did here because volunteerism definitely counts and helps to show the kind of person you are.

For many young jobseekers, the service industry (restaurants, retail stores, etc.) is the first job they get. Customer service jobs are fantastic stepping stones for future career paths because you learn many skills that can translate into future success. The big mistake many make when referencing these jobs is not making the best of them. A few examples:

  1. "Worked in a busy restaurant waiting tables"
    This says nothing to an employer except that you were there. Instead, try this: "Served guests and provided superior customer service in a fast-paced work environment". This tells an employer how you worked.
  2. "Worked sales floor at [clothing retailer]"
    Working at a clothing store requires a keen eye for detail and the ability to find great matches for customers. And you're also making the store look great by keeping all clothing displays organized and neat. Try this: "Provided customers with excellent service and recommendations based on their individual needs. Promoted the company's brand by maintaining the store's appearance and cleanliness."
  3. "Stocking shelves at the grocery store"
    Restocking a grocery store requires organization, efficiency, and dedication. There are also little things that go into it like how labels are displayed and layouts that make products more appealing. Try this: "Efficient and detail oriented inventory management ensured that customers were able to find and buy products with ease."

And there's plenty more for just about any kind of entry-level industry. The key is always to make sure you're putting your best foot forward when discussing your previous work and that the way you present yourself matters.

+ Add Experience

Preview

Preview of how the entries will show up on your resume.

Step 4

Contact

How can this employer get in contact with you?

Contact information is an essential part of a resume. After all, if you don’t put it there how is somebody going to call you in for an interview? Use this section to put in your current information and how you can be reached by an employer.

Tip: If you don't have a professional looking email address, you should consider creating one on any of the big sites (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.) using something like [first name].[last name] as a screen name and then setting that account up on your smartphone. It will help you keep your personal life separate and organize your professional contacts.

What should I put here?

Full Name

Provide your full name that you would like displayed at the top of your resume. Be sure to capitalize your name properly and include your middle name if you wish for that to be displayed as well.

Step 5

Pick a Template

Select from a few different styles to find the one that you like the most

Not everybody has the same style, and not every resume should look the same. We have crafted three different templates for you to choose to begin with, and we will add more in the future. Some of these templates have styles that are more appropriate for different levels of experience and education, see our recommendations below:

Template 1: This is a standard template that is fit for just about any job. This one will list your skills front and center, and show your achievements under their respective categories. This is a good, well-rounded template that is ideal for people who have a few jobs under their belt or a robust education listing.

Template 2: This template is built for less experienced professionals who may not have a long list of Achievements or Awards. These Awards and Achievements are placed with your personal skills to showcase all of the different talents and history you have. Use this resume if you are still in school and looking to show off your abilities more than your work experience.

Template 3: This is a more stylized template with a non-standard layout. This can be used for any level of experience, but is suggested for a user with at least two previous jobs and two levels of education (high school and college, etc).

Step 6

Almost Done!

Set your password and download your resume

Congratulations, you made it through and created your own professional resume. Set your password so you can sign back in later on to update your resume. You'll also be able to browse jobs and apply for jobs on Fledgeling using the resume you just created.

After entering a password, Click "Submit" and you will be prompted to download the PDF of your completed resume. You can also view it in the "My Resumes" section of your profile.