Monday, August 15, 2011

Quick Resume Tips

Writing a resume is usually the first thing you will do before starting your job search.  Although it might seem like a simple task, there's a lot more to it than meets the eye.  Here are some handy resume tips I have thrown together to get you started:

  • Include only the most recent companies for which you have worked.  A job you had 10-15 years ago will be of little relevance to the employer.
  • Try to only list jobs that are relevant to the position for which you are applying.
  • Always include an "objective" at the top of your resume.  Here you will reveal what you hope to get out of your resume.  Make sure you put the text in bold so that it is clearly visible to the reader.  The resume objective is often overlooked, but it's very important.
  • Try to limit your resume to one page.  This isn't a deal breaker, but it will show you are able to write important information in a concise manner.
  • Don't use flashy fonts.  You do want your resume to catch the reader's eye, but this shouldn't be done at the expense of professionalism.  The only styles that should be used are bold and italics. 
  • Be sure to include keywords that are relevant to the position.  You can find the correct terms to use by looking through the description of the job you want.
  • Make sure to list your name and address at the top of the page.  List it again if you have a second page.
  • Don't just explain what you did at your various jobs, say how it helped the company.  If you did blogging for a company, for instance, mention how it helped increase traffic to their website.

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