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Building A Resume

Building a resume is an important part of looking for a job. Your resume is the first impression that a prospective employer will see of you so learning how to build a resume that will impress is key to landing that perfect job.

The first thing to keep in mind when building a resume is that you want to present a feeling of professionalism. It is important to have a format that is easy to read. I prefer to have the date and company or educational institution listed on the left hand side of the paper in column and the accomplishments of each across from it on the right.

That's not a steadfast rule, but you should try to keep it so that it is easy to determine what you accomplished, where and when.

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When building a resume, you should do it in chronological order with your most recent job listed first. This way the prospective employer can read about your relevant skills right off the bat - if you list them last they may never get to the bottom of the page! It's not a bad idea to gear your resume towards a particular company or job. You may want to emphasize different skills you have depending on where you are interviewing. Matching your skill set to the job description is what the hiring manager wants so if you have the matching skills why not flaunt them?

When learning how to build a resume, you should also learn how to put together a cover letter. The cover letter is specific to the company you are interviewing at and accompanies the resume which is sent over prior to you securing an interview. It should be a simple paragraph that lists your relevant skills briefly - don't rehash everything in your resume on the cover letter just provide a brief introduction, list why you want to work at the particular company the letter is going to and your career goals. This can also be geared towards the particular skills they are seeking in the job. This may seem unnecessary but will add an air of professionalism and will go a long way to setting you apart from the crowd.

When building a resume , one should always be conscious of the length. Although it may seem like a resume of 20 pages is really great because it means you know a lot this is not actually the case. Don't ramble on and on about every tiny detail of each job position but list the relevant information almost like bullet items. The details will come out in the interview so you don't need to be too specific unless the actual job description calls for it. You can be very brief on jobs that you held more than 5 years ago and add more detail for the most current. Most people reading a resume will get bored after the second page so try to keep it to 2 pages and don't feel the need to include personal information like hobbies and such - if the interviewer is interested they can ask Do, however include a short blurb at the top with your professional goals.

 
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