How to Write a Perfect Resume

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Many employers require job applicants to submit a resume before considering them for employment. They look at the job applicants' resumes to determine if their education, experience and skills meet their standards. When you create a resume, you want to get a prospective employer's attention without embellishing any information. A good resume takes time to create, and can land you an interview with an employer you want to work for.

  • Put your full name in big, bold letters at the top of your resume. Below your name, list your address, phone number and email address.

  • List your objective under your name and contact information that pertains to the position you are applying for. Keep your objective a sentence long that describes your career goals.

  • Put your education under your objective. List the college or high school you attended, grade point average, year you graduated and any honors or awards you received.

  • List your work experience under your education. Include your job titles, dates and locations of employment and job responsibilities. Use strong action words, such as assess or facilitate, when listing the duties you performed at your previous jobs. If you recently graduated from college and don't have paid experience, list your internships or volunteer positions.

  • Place your skills under your work experience. Be specific when listing your skills. For example, if you have computer skills, list the programs you are proficient in.

  • Proofread your resume. Check for spelling and grammar errors. Ask your friends and family members to look over your resume to catch any mistakes you missed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not list your previous employer's contact information on your resume. Avoid listing the high school you attended if you completed college. Choose resume paper that is light in color and 8 1/2" x 11." Do not make your resume longer than one page. Avoid using personal pronouns like "I" or "we."

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