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WRITING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

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Information on our website is commentary and based on personal opinion gathered from experience, in order to guide those looking for assistance in their career search.

How well you sell, market and present your qualifications will determine your next career endeavor.

Your resume is a tool to get you an interview –
not a job

  • Hiring managers are looking for what you do professionally and what you have accomplished – not personal information
  • Hiring managers are looking for the best person to fill a position, not an objective of what you would like to do
  • There are many resume formats; choose one that will represent your accomplishments clearly
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO…

  • Complete your resume in a Word format; more than 90% of computer users use Word
  • Stay away from fancy graphics, unusual fonts, vertical columns, etc. All of these things are hard to convert into RTF which most database store resumes in
  • Do not include a picture of yourself
  • Remember you have 30 seconds to grab the attention of the reader
  • Include facts, figures, revenues generated and specific industry strengths
  • Ensure that all information is accurate and comprehensive
  • Include the type of idea you have implemented
  • Include as much contact information as possible. It is difficult to reach a name with no number, address or email
  • When have you motivated others to do a better job
  • Have you saved the organization money?
  • Use examples of being a Team Player
  • If you have gaps in your employment history, use the combination format. Functional or chronological resume style
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AND NEVER…

  • Never state reasons for termination or leaving a job on the resume
  • Never state "References Available on Request" It's assumed, and clutters up the resume. Other things to leave out include your social security number, your spouse's occupation and your personal philosophies.
  • Never list references on the resume
  • Never use exact dates; months and years are sufficient
  • Never include the date your resume was prepared
  • Never include your company phone number unless your immediate boss is aware of your departure
  • Never include your height, weight, or remarks about your physical appearance or health
  • Never provide salary information on the resume; save it for the interview
FORGETTING SOMETHING???

  • Keep the cover letter brief, error-free and accurate
  • Make sure your cover letter is directed to the position that you are applying for and the job title is clearly stated
  • Provide all pertinent contact information. Include both a phone number and e-mail address on your resume cover letter. Make it easy for them to find you
  • If you have experience, briefly show what you can offer
  • Show them you've done your homework. Give them a bit of information that proves you researched the company and its background
  • Highlight your accomplishments in a short paragraph
  • Most of the cover letter should be looking forward, but a brief look in the rear view mirror can allow you the chance to establish your experience and credentials
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