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The idea behind writing a good resume is to promote your value as a potential employee, highlighting your skills and successes, while keeping this personal profile short, to the point, and succinct— economizing on word usage.
Remember, especially in this economy, that jobs are at a premium, but outstanding applicants are not: the competition is fierce.
Try to use bullets rather than sentences, leave as much empty space on the page as possible, and include only the most outstanding achievements in education and employment.
Type using single-spacing: you may find you run out of room using anything else, and you want to keep everything on one page. Use a standard font: Times or Times New Roman are generally "business-like" in appearance.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE CONSISTENT IN FORMAT, AND AVOID ANY KIND OF TYPOS. NO TEXTING SHORT CUTS!! Those resumes find the trash can quickly.
Start with information listed, centered at the top: each item goes on a separate line. Name (bolded, with slightly larger font size), street address, city, state, etc., home phone and cell phone (if you decide to share both), and an email address.
Hit enter button twice. (A variety of forms are available online. My preferred format is as follows:)
List "Education:" (bolded and underlined, with colon) and hit enter.
Montgomery County Community College, Bluebell, PA - 9/2003 - 5/2005 - Associates Degree, Liberal Arts
(When you finish "Education," hit "enter" button twice and create a larger space between sections of information.)
List each place you worked. Remember gaps in employment make employers wonder: for example, were you fired from a job? Even if you do volunteer work, it still says a great deal about your priorities, and shows that you were using your time "industriously."
Early in you career, mention experience that may not be directly related to your career goal, but at least company knows you were employed. In the following, you still provide a sense of time well spent, with solid responsibilities.
Example: list the next heading (the same format as "Education.")
Spring Lane Country Club, Bluebell, PA - Life Guard - 5//18/2005 - 9/4/2006
- created safe swimming environment for swimmer of all ages
- volunteered to coordinate community swim meets
- certified Red Cross Senior Life Guard
- additional certification in CPR
- named Life Guard of the Month by management
Crayola Museum, Easton, PA - Sales Associate - 9/26/2006 - 10/29/2008
- maintained inventory
- provided service to customers
- constructed displays
Above: note use active verbs—preferred; keep entries brief and specific. Underline or italicize company and location. Use consistent format.
Once you have listed all of your employment, you should list special skills not already shown above. See examples below; mention things not included already in resume.
Technology and Software Experience:
- PC experience
- MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook
Skills and Additional Training:
- Excellent writing and proofreading skills
- Above-average interpersonal skills
- Highly effective working with small groups or independently
- attended college seminar on "Effective Communication."
(Keep it all single-spaced; I was unable to do so with above example.)
At the bottom I write: References available upon request.
Feel free to "tweak" a resume that concentrates on specifics that position is looking for to make your resume reflect the perfect employee they are looking for.
You can create your own resume by using the templates in Microsoft Word. Open Microsoft Word. Go to the File Menu. Select New - then Template and you will see a variety of resume templates that are tailored based on style, experience level and profession. Simply type in your details in the template and then save it with a filename by going to the file menu and selecting "Save As ".
It is important to keep saving your work as you type up your resume.
There are also website that will allow you to build a resume from scratch such as myperfectresume.com and resume.com
You should go online and read up on tips about resume writing. It is also a good practice to include a well-written cover letter with your resume and you should get tips on how to write that as well.
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