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Putting together a killer resume

Resume tips, Part 2

A good resume acts as a 'foot in the door.' If it's well put together, it will get the attention of a prospective employer and earn you a second look. Think of it as a 'work in progress' that is updated and tweaked regularly. Here are some more suggestions following our resume feature last newsletter.

Tips on writing a strong resume:
  1. If you have major gaps in employment or education, emphasize skills rather than a list of jobs you have held.
  2. Avoid empty statements. Rather than just saying ‘I communicate well’,  give an example of how you communicate well.
  3. Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying to, rather than listing every job you’ve ever had. Quantity is never better than quality. You can have more than one resume that emphasizes different jobs and experience.
  4. Highlight soft skills. More and more employers are placing value on a worker’s ability to function within the organization. Communication skills, organizational expertise, and the ability to get along with other people in the workplace are all qualities many of today’s bosses seek.
  5. Make your first page easy on the eye. Nothing distracts a potential employer more than a cluttered, unorganized resume. Make your spacing and formatting consistent, and leave some white space. Put the strongest points of your resume in the middle of the page. That's where the eye naturally goes first.
  6. Watch your length. A two-page resume is OK, but if you can condense it to one page, all the better.
  7. Call in your proofreaders. Have a second, third or even fourth pair of eyes to check spelling, grammar and organization.
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