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Resumes

Resume is your best marketing tool. Well written by a professional cv writer, a resume catches the attention of prospective employers and systematically leads them through your skills and experience.

How do you write right? You want to sound clear, concise and focused. You want to look crisp and uncluttered. No one style of writing a resume is correct. Under the Career Center area on the main page of the website, we’ve illustrated several styles for the resume that are pleasing to the eye and effective. Please feel free to download these for your personal use.

When writing your resume, avoid the temptation to sound important—which usually backfires. “Furthermore, I utilized the management training modules for self-advancement” sounds a lot better when you simply say, “I attended training courses to develop my management skills.” Instead of stuffy words like utilize, nevertheless and give consideration to, just day use, but and consider.

Once you’ve mastered a good resume, keep it up to date so you’re ready when the phone rings. You can focus your time and energy on the interviews—and acceptance letter!

Resume Templates

There are lots of ways to write a resume—from chronological to functional (skills listed but not necessarily connected with a particular employer). Today, interviewers seem to frown on functional resumes, assuming you’re hiding something—your age, firings, or some other information. Below is an overview of the key components of a chronological resume.
Name
Address
Telephone
E-mail: Only professional looking addresses; no .

Professional Objective: Optional—this information is often better left to the cover letter. If you do put it in your resume, avoid generic statements about “potential for growth” and “putting your skills to work.” Get specific.

Summary of Qualifications: Feature highlights that, like a movie trailer, will make people want to read on. Customize for the specific job. Get creative—though stay honest—with expertise, traits, distinctions and even quotes and testimonials from employers.

Experience: Include employer, location, years worked (not months—more on that in a minute), responsibility statement (keep it brief; include industry keywords) and accomplishments. Make everything pass the “so what” test. Show the positive results and successful outcomes you generated. Use bullets to make it easy to read.

Education: Starting with most recent, list degrees, university or college, city, state. Dates are not necessary.

Professional Development & Training: Illustrate your interest in lifelong learning and personal development.

Technical Skills: List skills such as Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint, HTML, etc.

Military (if appropriate)

Affiliations/Volunteerism: Keep them relevant, but show you contribute and care.

Other: Include foreign languages, honors, publications, certifications, professional licenses, etc.

Don’t list personal hobbies or interests not relevant to the position. And no need to write: References available upon request. They’d better be!