Writing Resume for Job Search
A resume sells your skills to potential employers. A good resume will catch an employer's eye and may get you an interview. Follow the pointers below to create a focused, energetic and memorable resume.
- Keep your resume short and to the point (no more than 2-3 pages).
- Keep your sentences short and avoid too much description.
- Describe past jobs including a brief description of your duties (make sure your personal and technical skills are clearly described).
- Pay attention to the presentation of your resume:
- your resume should not have any spelling errors,
- your resume should be neatly typed on white paper,
- your name should be on top of each page (in a header).
- An interviewer may want to speak with your past employers to ask about your skills and abilities. Check with three or four people (past employers, teachers or volunteer coordinators) to see if they will be positive references for you.
- Be honest. Employers usually check references. Never lie about your qualifications.
- It may be necessary to rewrite your resume for different job applications. You can change the order of your skills to reflect and enhance each job description.
- All resumes should include your name, address, phone/Fax number and email address on the first page. If you do not have a phone or an answering machine, include a number where messages can be left.
- Close your resume with the sentence “References available on request”
- that way if an employer request from you references you will know that s/he is interesting in you,
- have your references with names, addresses and phone numbers of previous employers ready
In process of writing your resume check the spelling and grammar. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your resume, bring it to a professional for assistance.
- Maximizes the computer's ability to "read" your resume.
- Maximizes your ability to get hits.
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Good luck with writing your resume!