Resume Writing Tips

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Getting a job in today's economy

We all know this, but let's talk about it again: a good resume can get you a job. Yes, you still need to do well in the interview, but odds are you won't get that interview without a good resume. Remember it's quality, not quantity. Spending more time writing your resume and less on mass e-mails to every company in your city will produce better results.

In today's economy, there's a lot of competition -- when unemployment is up, so is the number of people applying to jobs. Resume building is more than just filling in the blanks on resume templates. Follow these few easy resume writing tips to spruce up your application and get noticed.

Give Detail
When you list your skills and responsibilities at past jobs, be specific and give detail about what you did. Instead of just saying you were lead salesperson, explain how you achieved it. Did you implement a service program? Were you consistently the top seller? Think of the skills you used to do the job and explain it. You can look online at a sample resume related to your field to see examples.

Customize Your Headings
Every section of your resume should have a heading. The recruiter should know at first glance what's in each section. To do this, customize the headings to the job. For example, instead of "experience" as a heading, use "customer service experience." It will show the recruiter right away that you have experience in the field and they'll be more likely to read the section.

List Relevant Skills
This sounds obvious, but a lot of people don't make their resume specific to the job they're applying to. You don't need to change every sentence, but your list of qualifications and the points you highlight from previous jobs should be relevant. A job application for web design shouldn't list your skill of stocking products on shelves.

Sell Yourself with Verbs
Instead of starting a qualification with "worked," be specific and use action words like "created," "planned," or "organized." What did you do? Did you train people? Create a sales plan? Tell them so. Saying "managed" instead of "responsible for" is a lot stronger and tells recruiters right away what you did.

Personalize Resume Templates
Resume templates are good to see the different styles of layouts. If you're going to use a template, make sure you personalize it. Resumes don't need to be fancy, but keep in mind that a lot of people download templates. As a result, recruiters often see the same layout, headings and even sentences when they look through applications.
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Chris Chaplin has had many jobs and even more interviews during his successful career, and as such he is always willing to share his resume writing tips with others so that they may succeed as well.

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This article was published on 2011/01/12