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Easy tips to create an effective resume

Updated on August 21, 2014
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Do you have a whole lot of skills and experience, but you don’t know exactly how to put it into words? Putting an effective resume together that summarizes and pinpoints the details that will land you the job doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these basic steps and you will be on your way to creating a resume that highlights your qualifications, and showcases what you can do.

Choose the right font:

Forget about the fancy fonts, choose one that is basic and easy to read.

Include your contact information:

Make it easy for employers to get in touch with you. Include your name, address, phone numbers and email addresses. Hiring managers don’t want to spend time searching for a way to contact a candidate for an open position, especially if that position needs to be filled quickly.

Add an objective:

In a couple of short sentences explain what you are interested in, and tailor it to the job you are applying for. The more specific you are, the greater the chance you will have of being considered for the position. An objective is also a way of adding a touch of personality and interest to the resume.

Keywords:

How many jobs have you applied for online? Include keywords in your resume that appear in job descriptions. This will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions.

Organize:

Your most recent experience and/or education should be listed first. Information including accomplishments, skills and previous positions should be relevant, and in order from most recent to least recent.

Customize:

Sometimes it may be worth it to take the time out to write a custom resume, especially if you are applying for a position the mirrors your qualifications, experience and career goals. Use a resume template in Microsoft Word to get started. You can then edit, customize and personalize the content so that it is tailored to the type of job you are pursuing.

Less is more:

The content of the resume should be straight to the point, and the length of the resume should be based on experience, and the type of position being pursued. Entry-level applicants, or those switching career paths should stick to a one page resume. This also applies to recent college graduates. Job applicants with five –ten years of experience are expected to have longer resumes because they have more skills and more accomplishments. When you are being interviewed, you will be asked to elaborate on some information that is listed in your resume, so make sure you are able to. A multi-page resume is not always better than a one page resume, especially if it is very wordy, and not specific.

There are many different ways to organize the content of a resume. It is important to select one that best suits you, and the position you are pursuing.


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