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Writing it rightWriting a Great Resume

Getting the job you want starts with getting your resume right.

No matter what your employment situation or occupational level, your resume is something you should always keep up to date.

Here are the basic elements of a good resume:

  • List your full name and contact information (phone and email are sufficient)
  • Write one sentence describing the position and industry you want to work in.
  • Avoid vague sounding adjectives like "a challenging position with growth potential", or "a senior management position with a stable company". Be specific and keep it simple; you will get your point across more effectively.
  • List your primary skills as they relate to your career.
  • List your university or college education.
  • List your jobs in reverse chronological order and write down the duties for each job. Be sure to include each job’s significant achievements and the unique skills you acquired.
  • If your work is more technical in nature, itemize specialized tools you've used.
  • If you are applying for a specific position, tailor your resume so that it highlights the various skills used and acquired with each position, and so that they show a fit with the requirements of the job you are applying for.
  • Look at the abilities (talents) identified on your background and experience list.
  • Think about your volunteer work, hobbies, clubs, sports – include any you feel will enhance your suitability for the job and/or with the company you are applying for/ to.
  • Don’t put salary information on your resume. Save that for your cover letter.
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