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Resume Tips

  • Use easily readable font, such as Times New Roman or Arial. When writing a resume it's important to use a basic font that is easy to read.
  • Some job seekers may include an objective on their resume. This may help convince employers that you know what you want and are familiar with the job, the industry, and the company. If you include an objective on your resume, it's important to tailor the resume objective to match the job for which you are applying. The more specific you are, the better chance you have of being considered for the job.
  • Include Resume Keywords. Some employers will search for certain keywords that appear in the job description. Your resume should include the same keywords in order to increase the chances of your resume being a match for the available positions and for you being selected. Also include those keywords in your cover letter.
  • List your most recent work experience first with key accomplishments. It's important to catalogue your work experience, starting with your current position and achievements.
  • Promote yourself. Team work can be important for completing a project once you have the job so give examples of your accomplishments. On your resume, you want to point out the tasks for which you were responsible.
  • Relate your work experience to the job for which you are applying. If this is your first job, then relate any other experience to the job. Internships, summer jobs, and temporary jobs, in addition to permanent positions, can all be included in this part of your resume.
  • Explain any gaps in time. List all previous or current employer’s names, manager’s name, contact information, location, and dates of employment. Make sure that your resume information is accurate and that you are not overreaching.
  • It's important to include your current contact information so that a recruiter may easily contact you. Make sure to have the following information on your resume: full name, address, city, state, zip code, home phone number, cell phone number, and email address. Create a professional email address, such as jsmith@gmail.com, to give you more character with recruiters
  • Complete a spell check and grammar check on any communication prior to sending. Grammar and spelling speak to your attention. It can raise a red flag about your attention to detail, especially in a position where accuracy matters. Use simple language.
  • Be prepared with references. List the names and current contact information for individuals who will speak highly of you. After creating your list, make contact to confirm contact details and their availability to talk.

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