There are a few fundamental things you need to remember while writing your resume.
It should be neat, without any spelling or grammar mistakes, and it should be pleasing to the eye at first glance.
This means that you never submit your resume on brightly colored paper. White paper is best and your print should be dark.
Consider your most favorable qualities. Although every job is different, there is some aspect of your educational or employment history that will get the attention of the potential employer.
A close look at the job posting will tell you what words and phrases to use to get their attention.
Some employers use a program to scan your resume before a human sees it. That program will be looking for many of the key words and phrases used in the posting to match it to qualified candidates.
Highlight your relevant achievements. If there is a task that you’ve accomplished that will work in your favor, include that prominently on your resume. Be sure to use the same type of wording found in the job posting.
Showcase your talents based on what the employer is looking for.
If the potential job is dependent on work experience, begin your resume detailing the positions that you’ve held. This way, you can catch their attention and then highlight your educational achievements.
On the other hand, if education is a requirement, place these details near the top of your resume. You will ultimately develop multiple versions when you are building your resume.
Always keep in mind that any achievement that you’ve had can help during the consideration process. This involves including activities like summer internships or volunteer positions. They demonstrate a desire to learn and contribute.
A potential employer will see that you can handle commitment and have a strong work ethic.
Mention any awards that you’ve received.
Employers recognize these and consider them an accomplishment. These include things like citizenship awards or academic recognition.
Once you are finished writing your resume, there is still one essential step left.
Proofread your resume.
Also ask someone else to proofread it for you, because during the writing process you have become so used to the content of your resume that you can easily overlook an error.
If someone else reads it over they will spot mistakes you may have missed. It’s much better to have a friend or relative point out an error than to have it be the employer you were hoping to work for.
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