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Writing the Perfect Resume

Top Tips for Resume Writing

Writing a great resume is difficult for most people - they don't know where to start or what to include. Here are some quick tips to help get you started:

Remember that resumes get interviews, not a job. You don't need to go into extreme detail in the resume. Don't let important points become buried among endless text. Provide enough info to generate interest so that the employer invites you to an interview. You can elaborate on things at the interview and land a job offer.

Use bullets. Resumes are skimmed through. Bulleted sentences makes it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume than long blocks of text.

Begin bullets with action verbs.

Use Numbers, dollars, and percentage signs. These stand out in a resume.

Prioritize your points. Resumes are usually skimmed through quickly so help the reader find the important points through proper placement on the resume.

Tailor your resume to the requirements in the job ad. Include key words from the ad in your resume.

Incorporate buzzwords.

Emphasise the positive. Leave off negative or irrelevant info.

Make your resume easy to read.
Leave enough white space. Use a font sizes betwwen 10-12 point. Unless you have a very good reason try to keep your resume to 1-2 pages. Employers initially skim resumes so make it easy for the reader to scan your resume quickly.

Have someone review your resume.
Have an objective set of eyes look at your resume. They can catch problem areas or make suggestions for improvement. Revise your resume accordingly based on their input.

Apply to lots of jobs.
Your odds of landing an interview increase with every resume you send out. Even if you have some but not every qualifications listed in the ad give it a try. Don't rule yourself out.

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