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Your Resume-Resume Tips

What is a resume?

  • Your personal marketing tool – it presents you in the best possible light for the purpose of getting you invited to an interview
  • Flexible – should be written to suit your needs and the needs of the prospective employer
  • Accurate, descriptive and easy to read
  • Always improving because you will be gaining more skills and experience in life and/or work

The main purpose of the resume is to summarize your skills, abilities and accomplishments.  It is a quick “snapshot” of who you are and should be organized and relevant to the position you are applying on.

3 Main Resumes Styles

Chronological Resume:

  • Most common and widely accepted
  • Details your past jobs working backwards from your most recent position
  • Employers are familiar with this style and see it as fact-based and easy to read

Functional Resume:

  • Focuses on the skills you have acquired over the years, rather than when, where and how you acquired them
  • Don’t have to put the jobs in chronological order – best to list most important job first and work backwards in importance
  • A little harder to write – involves a lot of thinking about the skills that would benefit your target job

Combination Chrono-Functional:

  • Combines chronological and functional styles
  • Often will include a Summary of Skills section

Information That Should Never Go In Your Resume

  • Resume title – Very obvious to the employer that it is a resume
  • Abbreviations – Avoid using
  • Reason for leaving – don’t include in your resume, it will probably come out in an interview and respond with  “my needs were no longer being met” or “I needed a change”
  • Availability – You have to be available if you are job searching!
  • Salary – Leave your salary expectations out
  • Age, race, religion, gender, national origin – leave any reference to these out of your resume
  • Exaggerations – avoid, they could get you fired later!
  • Email addresses with inappropriate account names
  • Any trace of social media accounts with inappropriate content 

Common Resume Writing Mistakes

  • Not taking the time to think about what you have to offer an employer – your most marketable skills and relevant accomplishments must be listed on the resume
  • Spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Most job seekers don’t take time to research the target employer – remember to let the employer know you are really interested in the position and you are the perfect match
  • Not adding a cover letter to introduce your resume

Sample Resume and Cover Letter


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