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Writing an Effective Resume
Coming up with a resume may seem like a daunting endeavor, but you only need to follow a few basic rules to be able to write a competent and competitive resume. The most important guideline is that you present accurate information which is presented in such a way as to attract the interest of potential employers, while staying away from irrelevant content.
Here are some more tips:
Look for ideas on structure and layout of your resume online. Then, research the companies that you wish to work with. Browse through the information on your prospective companies’ websites, as well as Internet publications that target the industry you wish to enter. Check their hiring requirements and incorporate them as keywords in your resume. Also, try and anticipate the needs of the employer in terms of details you should include in the resume. This can show the employer what you know about the company, their needs, and how you can solve concerns that may arise.
Include information on previous work experiences, and write them in accordance with the aforementioned tip. Ponder on your educational and career background, as well as any significant extracurricular activities. Focus on skills relevant to the job you wish to take, as well as related accomplishments. Note your college or university degrees, and any specialized training or certifications, plus any internships. Try to leave out hobbies from the resume unless they apply to the job directly.
Make the writing itself interesting and involving. Do not use the same words repeatedly; instead, spice up the resume by using power words or action words which can boost your reputation in the eyes of the interviewer. Some of these action words are ‘accomplished’, delivered’, demonstrated’, ‘performed’, ‘secured’, and so on. You can find lists of these words on the Internet.
Format is also important, so ensure that the resume has no grammatical errors, is typed correctly, and printed well. Integrate a bit of design to make it pleasant to the eye, without the resume being too flashy. Make sure it is still comprehensible and not difficult to read.
After you have finished writing and/or printing your resume, do a once-over and read it again to check for any errors you may have overlooked. Remember that a resume represents you, the employee, and it is what the prospective employer bases his judgment on when choosing who to hire. With a great resume and some luck, you should have a job in no time.
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