How to Write a Good Resume

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Like a good cover letter, a good resume can make or break a person being short-listed for an interview. It's important to ensure that your resume covers everything in order for the prospective employer to get a complete picture of you and what you can offer the company.

  • Keep resumes to a maximum of 2 pages long. Employers receive a lot of resumes for one position and won't have the time to go through a 3- or 4-page resume.

  • List an objective at the beginning of your resume and target it to the job/company that you are applying to. Objectives give the prospective employer an idea of what you are looking for.

  • Move things around. Have more than one resume layout. For example, if you are short on work experience that would relate to the position you are applying for but have volunteer experience that matches, put that first. It's best to have relevant information first in order to keep the employer's attention.

  • Don't put "Reference available upon request" at the end of your resume. All employers know that and it doesn't need to be stated.

  • Consider whether you need to add your interests. In most cases it is unnecessary information that takes up valuable space.

  • Use bullet points when describing job duties. This is easier to read than big paragraphs.

  • Always use specifics/numbers if you can. For example, if you were applying for a sales position you might mention what percentage of sales you had in your previous job or the number of customers you typically handled per day.

  • Add any continuing education courses you have taken. For example, if you've taken 1 hour courses on how to deal with difficult customers, add that to your resume. This shows the prospective employer that you are interested in furthering your knowledge and aren't afraid to learn new things.

  • Have an "Additional Information" section at the end of your resume and add any special achievements or honors, especially if they relate to the position for which you are applying.

Tips & Warnings

  • Important: Always double-check your resume for errors! Check the format, punctuation, grammar and spelling. A quick way to have your resume chucked is to have an error in it.

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