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Resume Tips
 
Employers today are inundated with resumes, so take the time to construct a well-written resume that will get attention in today’s competitive employment market.
 
RESUME BASICS
  • Font size 10-12
  • 1-2 pages, depending on experience
  • ½ to 1 inch border (all 4 sides)
  • Remember to proofread carefully and use spell/grammar check
  • Print on resume paper if presenting at interview
  • Provide reference information on a separate page, with current contact information, such as phone number and e-mail address
 
NAME
  • Name with contact information (address, phone, and email)
 
OBJECTIVE OR SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
  • Keep it brief and general unless gearing it towards a specific position
 
EXPERIENCE
  • List jobs chronologically, with most recent employment at the top
  • Include job title, employer, city, state, and dates
  • Describe your duties using action verbs and clear descriptions of your most heavily weighted responsibilities
  • While you want to make a good impression, be sure to keep the information factual and not make exaggerations that you can’t back up
  • Be sure to construct your resume using present tense to describe a position that you are still working on, and past tense to describe a former position
 
SKILLS
  • List the software programs in which you are proficient
  • Other languages – indicate if conversational or fluent
  • You may also choose to highlight some of your key strengths
 
EDUCATION
  • List degrees you have received and educational institutions you have attended
  • It is not necessary to list dates of attendance
 
ACTION WORDS
Accelerated
Doubled
Minimize
Simplified
Accomplished
Earned
Monitored
Sold
Achieved
Edited
Motivated
Solved
Acted
Eliminated
Negotiated
Staffed
Added
Employed
Operated
Started
Administered
Established
Organized
Stimulated
Advised
Evaluated
Originated
Strengthened
Analyzed
Examined
Participated
Stretched
Appointed
Executed
Performed
Structured
Arranged
Expanded
Persuaded
Studied
Assembled
Expedited
Planned
Summarized
Assessed
Fabricated
Predicted
Supervised
Audited
Formed
Prepared
Supported
Averted
Formulated
Prevented
Surpasses
Broadened
Followed
Processed
Surveyed
Bought
Founded
Programmed
Synthesized
Built
Generated
Promoted
Taught
Centralized
Guided
Proposed
Terminated
Changed
Halved
Proved
Tested
Clarified
Headed
Provided
Tightened
Classified
Hired
Published
Traced
Collaborated
Identified
Purchased
Trained
Competed
Implemented
Recommended
Translated
Compiled
Improved
Recruited
Trimmed
Composed
Improvised
Redesigned
Tripled
Computed
Increased
Reduced
Uncovered
Concluded
Initiated
Renegotiated
Unified
Conceived
Inspected
Reorganized
Unravel
Conducted
Instituted
Represented
Utilized
Controlled
Instructed
Reported
Verbalize
Constructed
Interviewed
Researched
Verified
Coordinated
Introduced
Resolved
Visualize
Counseled
Invented
Reversed
Widened
Created
Launched
Reviewed
Withdraw
Defined
Led
Revised
Won
Delivered
Lectured
Scheduled
Worked
Demonstrated
Located
Selected
Wrote
Designed
Maintained
Served
Determined
Managed
Settled
Developed
Marketed
Shaped
 
 
 
 
 
 
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