Writing Your Resume

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Writing Your Resume

Why Perfect Your Resume

A resume is a summary of your most relevant experiences, skills, qualifications, education, and other information that will introduce you to the employer.  A resume is an effective self-marketing tool that will get you the interview, not the job. Your resume is your chance to make a strong first impression and demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.

Employers typically look at a resume for 10 to 20 seconds; therefore, it is important you pique the employer’s interest quickly. Typically, resume screening occurs in order to sort resumes into “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” piles. The “no” pile is a result of typos, spelling and grammatical errors, and ambiguous content and does not get reviewed again. To gain the possibility of a second review within the “yes” or “maybe” pile, be sure your resume is clear with an orderly layout, concise, and targeted specifically for the job you are applying to.  

Types of Resumes

There are three commonly known resume formats that offer various ways of presenting your skills and experience effectively: chronological, functional, and combination. You should select the format that best represents your objectives. 


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