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Resume Writing

What is a resume?

A resume is a summary of your academic and work history that is often required and critical to obtaining employment in today's workforce. A resume will help you capture your talents, skills, and accomplishments, and give your potential employer a brief understanding of your qualifications. The key to obtaining an interview is a solid resume that provides concise job descriptions and detailed information about your skills and abilities.

Resume Checklist

  • Name & Contact Information: Be sure to put your full name at the top of your resume. It should be larger than other information on the page and can be in bold typeface. You should include a current address where you can be reached as well as your phone number and e-mail address.
  • Objective: You may include an objective on your resume, which states your long-term employment goals, skills, setting, and position that you are applying for. Make it concise!
  • Body: Be sure to include only information showing your qualifications for the position you are applying for. It is important to organize and prioritize the sections of your resume for the type of position you want to obtain.
  • Education: Start with your most advanced degree received. List your degree, including major first (if applicable), followed by the educational institution, i.e., high school, college, university, etc. Next, include the city and state of your college or university, with the month and/or year of completion of your degree. You may also include your GPA if it is notable and any relevant or specialized coursework.
  • Experience: List all of your relevant employment positions, beginning with your most recent job. Be sure to list your title first, followed by employer, city and state, and dates of experience, in that order. Describe each position using high-power action words that describe your past responsibilities and accomplishments. If your resume is not going to be scanned you may include bullets and other graphics to highlight important points.
  • Honors/Awards/Activities: Here is where you can include important abilities or characteristics you can bring to the workforce. Prioritize your accomplishments by dates or relevance. Include all relevant leadership positions you have held.
  • Formatting and Finalizing: It is important to leave a one-inch margin on all four sides of your resume and include lots of white space to create a more appealing resume. Use only one simple font throughout your resume that is not too flashy or ornate. Make sure that section headings stand out and that information is formatted the same throughout. It is important to use a spell-checker, and check for punctuation.
  • Miscellaneous: Your resume should address your ability to solve problems, your learning potential, listening skills, dependability, organizational skills, ability to deal with change, ability to be a team player, decision-making capabilities, and it should reflect your technical, written, and oral communication skills.

Resume Format:

There are numerous different resume formats that you may use. Check out this web site for sample resumes and formats.

Also, be sure to check out these links for more resume-writing tips:

www.careerplaybook.com
www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html
resume.monster.com
www.jobweb.com/Resumes_Interviews/default.htm
www.careerbuilder.com
www.provenresumes.com

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