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Your resume is the first thing a potential employer knows about you. Learn how to create an effective resume and make it stand out from the pack.
A resume summarizes your education, skills and work experience. It should give your potential employer enough information to decide whether to invite you for an interview.
To get you started, brainstorm a list of facts about yourself that demonstrate your ability to do the job. Answer the following questions as you list the information you’ll need for your resume:
- What is your objective?
- What classes or training have you had related to this type of work?
- What internships or jobs have you had where you performed any of the required job duties or related job duties?
- What volunteer work have you done?
- What societies, clubs or organizations do you belong to?
- What computer or technical skills do you have?
- What languages besides English do you speak?
Once you have developed a list of your skills and qualifications, you can begin writing a resume. Most resumes have at least four sections:
- Contact Information: Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail.
- Objective: A one-sentence description of the type of job you are seeking.
- Education: The schools you have attended and degrees have you earned, with the most recent listed first.
- Experience: Places you have worked, with the most recent listed first. Devote more space to the jobs that relate to the job you’re applying for.
- Limit your resume to one page.
- Use active verbs.
- Be consistent with your use of present or past tense.
- Keep descriptions short and relevant.
- Emphasize what you can do for the employer.
- Proofread and correct mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling. (It can help to ask someone else to proofread your resume for you.)
- Use a simple, easy-to-read font in a minimum size of 10.