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Tips for Writing a Great Resumé

A great resumé sells you to potential employers. It tells them you have what it takes to help them reach their goals. How? By highlighting your top skills and successes. And by showing employers that your skills and successes will help them. Check out these tips for writing a great resumé.

Pick the right resumé

Analyze your skills and achievements

Take some time to think about what you do well. List your successes and the reasons for them.

Create a master resumé. This will help you write custom resumés for each potential job.

Tie your skills to employers’ needs

Analyze the requirements of every job you apply for. Tailor your resumé to clearly show you have what the job needs.

List your strongest qualifications for this job near the top so employers see them first.

Highlight your successes and achievements. Show how your work helped solve problems and achieve goals.

Be honest. Don’t exaggerate or misrepresent yourself—most employers check. On the other hand, don’t be too humble.

Write with power

Remember the 3 steps for a strong resumé.

Find the keywords in the job posting and repeat them in your resumé.

Use strong, active words to describe what you’ve done. Don’t use “I” and “filler” words such as “I was responsible for...” or “My duties involved...”.

Quantify and qualify your successes with examples.

Keep it simple and concise—most people only need 1 to 2 pages.

Make sure there are no errors in spelling, grammar or typing. Check and double-check!

Use wide margins and put information in point form to create lots of white space.

Use bold to highlight information.

Format your resumé properly to get results.

Go over these resumé checklists before you hit the print or send button.

Print on good quality, white or off-white 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper. Use a printer that produces clean, clear copy.

Don’t sign or date your resumé, put the title “resumé” at the top, attach your photograph, or include personal information such as age, sex, height or ethnic background.

Remember to send your resumé with your cover letter.

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