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6 Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

Jun 18, 2015

KEEP IT SIMPLE

A résumé is an easy, organized way to present yourself to an employer. Don’t worry if it’s short: a résumé should be no longer than one page. You can find examples of easy-to-read formats online.

KEY INGREDIENTS

Your résumé should include:
  1. name and contact info – make this the most prominent information on the page 
  2. education 
  3. experience 
  4. skills 
  5. honors/awards 
  6. activities

YOU’VE GOT SKILLS

Even if you’re looking for your first job, you probably have skills employers are looking for. Do you use PhotoShop? Are you on Instragram and Twitter? Then you have social media skills. Do you speak more than one language? These are skills that interest employers.

HAVE IT HANDY

Have copies on paper to share with potential employers, and on a flash drive and on your computer, so you can quickly email your résumé.

SPEAKING OF EMAIL

Choose a simple, professional email address, such as Jane.Doe@xyz.com. Avoid nicknames and slang.

REFERENCES

Don’t include your references on your résumé, but DO have your references ready. If your résumé is solid, an employer will likely ask for — and contact — your references.So, here’s an area of your job search that requires some advance planning. Consider former employers, supervisors, teachers, coaches or mentors — people who have gained a perspective your personality and skills. Ask them if they are willing to serve as a reference. If they say yes, you’ll need some info: name, phone number, address and organization.


 

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