Information On Resume-writing Tips

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Having a good resume is as important an element of a job search as any other. The resume is often the fist thing that a prospective employer sees from you-along with a cover letter. If your resume is not neat, properly formatted and informative, this would-be employer will assume that you're not a reliable employee.

After all, if you can't handle the assignment of writing a resume, how could she or he trust you with important company assignments? Also, if you don't highlight those skills and experiences that make you right for a particular job, you're putting yourself and your chances of getting hired at a major disadvantage.

The first thing you'll want to do when you sit down to begin a resume is make a list of your past job experiences: where you worked, what your position title was, what date you started and what date you finished. You don't have to list every job you ever had, but rather provide a sampling of the most substantial employment you've held.

Next, compile your education background. Where did you go to grad school, if you did? Where did you get an undergraduate degree? Where did you attend high school? Include dates of attendance for each school and a brief list of the honors (include your GPA), clubs and activities you were involved in. This shouldn't be a comprehensive list; just write down the most impressive examples for each school. You also have the option of including a list of your skills.

These should be the job-related skills you've acquired over the years: SharePoint, PowerPoint presentations, grant writing and so on. Think about your skills carefully; you don't want to neglect to write one and shortchange yourself. You also want to write out a career objective: one sentence where you explain the exact position you want to get hired for. Finally you'll need information for the heading, which includes your full legal name, your home address, your home phone and cell phone numbers and your email account. Your email account should sound professional, too: JamesSmith@ whatever.com is much better than WildMan77@ whatever.com.

When you have all this information, all you have to do is type it up into a single page in a professional manner. Find a template on the Internet you can follow. In general, the heading goes at the top of the page; your objective comes just below the heading; your work experience comes next, in reverse chronological order; then your education details (also in reverse chronological order); then your skills if you choose to include your skills; and finally a few references and contact information for those references should be listed at the bottom.

Leave plenty of white space so the page looks neat and is easy to read, make sure everything is aligned properly, triple check that everything's spelled right, and there you have it: your very own resume. Be sure to send three to five copies of your resume out every day until you have a job.
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This article was published on 2011/02/14