Resume writing 101

Resume Writing 101

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Resume writing 101Alright, now everyone has heard of a resume, that mystical piece of paper that determines whether or not you even get an interview, let alone an actual job.  So, what do you do when the time comes to write one?  Well, most people begin with a template that they either got online or through Microsoft Word.  And honestly, that’s not a bad place to start.  But that is only a start, not the finished product.  When you write your resume, consider these resume writing tips:

  • Spelling:  Simple, right?  Everyone has spell check, don’t they?  Well have you ever been a victim of auto correct or predictive text?  Would you want a future employer to see that? Look at it from an employers perspective.  Would you hire someone who obviously didn’t bother to double check what they sent to you?  How do you think they would treat their position after being so careless with their application?
  • Confident, not braggy:  Now this is the difficult part of writing a resume.  You want to make yourself look good, but you don’t want to come off as “full of yourself.”  Stick to the facts of what you’ve done and be honest about your involvement in work related projects and such.
  • Tailor the resume to the job:  Many people have had many jobs over the course of their life, but when you apply for a new job not ALL of your work history is relevant.  For example, if you are applying to be a teacher then your landscaping job probably doesn’t have much relevance.  Forego the landscaping to focus on more jobs that have more educational relevance (exception: if you ONLY have the landscaping job as your other employment then obviously include it).  This means that EVERY position you apply for should have a separate and unique resume tailored for each job opening.

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