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Tips on writing a resume

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The purpose of a resume is to advertise yourself effectively enough to win an interview. Here are some tips on writing a resume that can help you win.

Use keywords that are relevant to the industry in which the job position operates.
Use keywords that are relevant to the industry in
which the job position operates.

  • Consider the advantages of resume software or a resume writing service.
  • Customize your resume to every job for which you apply. Don’t count on a generic resume to work in all situations.
  • Use a resume format that will make your resume easy to be scanned. Use plain text whenever possible.
  • Find out as much as you can about the position you are applying for, then create a headline that describes you and matches the specific position’s responsibilities as closely as possible. But don't include untrue or exaggerated statements.
  • Use keywords that are relevant to the industry in which the job position operates.
  • Use bullet points to make your resume easy for a person to read.
  • Emphasize skills that are transferable, especially if you are changing careers.
  • List accomplishments and awards. Employers are interested in what you have done well, not just your previous job responsibilities. Use specific numbers and concrete examples to validate your accomplishments.
  • List organized sports in which you have participated. This indicates that you are willing to be competitive, to work as a team, to develop leadership skills, and to work hard even when it is not easy.
  • Provide current and accurate contact information. If recruiters have a hard time contacting you, they may pass you by rather than make the effort to track you down.
  • Keep your resume as concise as possible. One page is ideal, but for some positions, longer can be OK. Remember – the resume is to get an interview, not to tell your life story.
  • Always include a cover letter with your resume. The only time you would not is if the employer specifically requests otherwise.
  • Proofread carefully for misspellings and typing errors. Nothing says Bozo faster than an obvious blunder on a resume.