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Resume Tips Part One: Creating a Great Resume

Often times, the resume is the first and only thing an employer will see about you.  For this reason, it’s one of the most critical items in determining whether or not you get an interview, and in effect, a job opportunity.  Recruiters are looking for a good match — their needs, and the skills, knowledge, and experiences you have to offer.

Working on the resume doesn’t need to be a stressful experience — it can actually be fun!  Follow our tips below and be able to present who you are and what you can offer in an effective way.

General Resume Help

A resume, which usually should be limited to one page, outlines your personal, educational, and work-related experiences that show why you are qualified for various positions.  The focus of your resume should be your strengths and the experiences you have that establish you as qualified.  Resumes should be brief, clear, and succinct.  Don’t use resume templates because they can be too restrictive.

Getting Started with the Resume

The first step is to brainstorm.  List out all your work experiences, projects, awards, honors, achievements, research, and anything else that comes to mind.  For each item, briefly specify what you actually did.  Think from the perspective of an employer — which items make you unique and valuable?  Decide from here which ones to include and which ones to exclude.

Click here to continue onto Part Two: Organizing Your Resume

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