Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

A clear, concise resume is key to opening the door on a career opportunity. Not only is the information you are presenting important, but so is presentation.

Choose a basic font

When writing a resume, use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for online applicant tracking systems.

Contact information

Make sure to include your contact information at the top of the page so that employers can easily get in touch with you.

Identify accomplishments

Focus on your job profile. At the beginning write a line or two describing your job and then mention a list of accomplishments. Accomplishments should be unique to you and not the outcome of someone else’s efforts.

Include resume keywords

Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Ensure that you include the same keywords in your resume that appear in the job description. Also include these keywords in your cover letter.

Write a custom resume

Don’t send out serial resumes. Though it takes more time to write a custom resume, the effort is worth it. The right job deserves the effort, especially when applying for a position that matches your qualifications and experience. Start by using a resume template and filling in your own personal information, including your highlights, skills and abilities.

Tweak for technology

To lead in this competitive world, job seekers need to make sure that their resumes stand out from the pack, is selected by the online applicant tracking systems. This shows, in a professional way, that the applicant has taken the time and interest to pursue a specific job opening.

Email Your Resume

It’s important to follow the employer’s instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The employer may want your resume attached to the email message and sent in a specific format, typically as a Word document or a PDF.

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