Most of us know that even the best resume doesn't guarantee you a job. But did you know that a poorly written resume can take you out of the running completely?
The resume is a one- to two-page summary of your relevant work experience, education and qualifications. This document helps prospective employers develop that critical first impression of you as a strong candidate. It's a "calling card" that plays a key role in securing interviews.
- Create an accurate, succinct account of your professional experience, accomplishments and education.
- Focus on achievements and qualifications that relate specifically to the job opening. Remember, if you're targeting varying positions you may need to develop several different resumes.
- Use a readable, uncluttered format.
- Organize your resume chronologically, listing your most recent job first, followed by additional work experience in reverse chronological order, then education.
- You may include activities with professional, trade and civic associations, recent courses taken and other special skills — as long as they are related to the position for which you are applying.
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