How To Write An Effective Resume
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How to Write An Effective Resume

Are you trying to build a resume that will knock your potential employers' socks off? Or perhaps you need to fine-tune your current resume, making your work history and education/skills sections really shine. In this article, I'll explain precisely what you can do to write a resume that sparkles in each section and brings you success.

Have an Effective Title

The first section of your resume, where employers will see as soon as they view it, is the top. By writing a professional headline, you can really stand out. Try searching for similar resumes in your field and see which ones are the most powerful. For example, if you're a sales rep for the computer hardware industry, a good title might be "Top-Ranked Hardware Sales Rep., 5 Yrs." Or an engineer's title might be "Manufacturing Engineer -- Six Sigma Black Belt." Make sure your title says more than just what you do, but also adds a certain qualification or highlight from your employment history.

Write a Clear Objective

Summarize your qualifications clearly in the objective section. You can spell out precisely what you're looking for in a job and what you'll bring to the job in a sentence or two. One example might be: "Financial accountant with 10+ years experience in financial planning, reporting and analysis, and auditing methodology in both public and private sectors." Here is a section you might mention what environments you've worked in -- and focus on how your skills will benefit the employer, not how they would benefit you.

Utilize Your Education

If you're a recent graduate, the education section of your resume will be crucial. Depending on where you went to school and how well you did, you'll want to list your GPA if it's a 3.0 or higher. If you have a lot of work history, your education won't be as important. But if you have graduated with honors, made the deans list, or participated in an honor society, highlighting these sections in an academic honors section can make your resume stand out.

Testimonials and Publications

One creative addition to your resume is a testimonial. This could be a performance appraisal or snippet of a reference letter than compliments your experience and performance. Usually you should add this in the objective section of your resume. Additionally, to prove you are an expert in your field and provide work samples, you might include white papers, blog posts, and articles related to your career. In the Career Highlights section, include a citation format most acceptable to your industry. Here you can use any published work you have produced to stand out among the competition

Take it to the Next Level!

Getting professional help can always give your resume a much needed boost. Sometimes we see our resume one way while an experienced professional resume writer can provide the critical eye necessary to give us extra help. If you are having trouble finding a job and feel your resume needs polish and professionalism, consider asking for help.


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