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   Getting started on your first resume is not easy. If you are like most first timers, your big stumbling block is the
             anxiety you feel trying to translate your background and experience into marketable terms.
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                                        Three Steps to Writing Your Own Resume
                                                           By Linda Matias



  Three Steps to Writing Your Own Resume
 by: Linda Matias

While most professionals hire a professional resume writer, some draft their own resume. People who
write a lot for business usually have more success in putting together a sharp, focused presentation;
still, anyone can learn the basic steps to prepare his or her own resume.

There are three major differences between a "strong" resume and an "o.k." resume:

1.FORMAT AND PRESENTATION DETERMINE WHETHER THE RESUME IS READ

The average resume is scanned, not read, for only 8-15 seconds. It either creates a strong impression
to the reader immediately or it is set aside. It is similar to the impression you make on the interviewer.
Therefore, make sure your resume is wearing the equivalent of a "business suit" and not jeans and
flip-flops!

Choose a format that complements your career goal. If you are seeking a job in your field and have
experience, use a chronological resume. This resume starts with your most recent job and works
backward. Conversely, if you are seeking a new type of work, you may want to consider the
functional/combination resume. This style groups your skills together and includes a short
chronological work history at the end.

Other ways to insure that your presentation gets noticed include: No errors: use spell check and also
have someone review your resume for missing or misused words Use a Consistent format and use of
capitalization and punctuation throughout Provide lots of white space to accent strong parts of the
resume Use no more than 2 fonts Include your name and address, a phone and email address Laser
print your work on quality white or cream resume paper

2.ACCOMPLISHMENTS TELL WHAT YOU'VE DONE; RESPONSBILITIES STATE WHAT YOU
WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE DONE

Not all accomplishments have to be big, but they have to show that you got results as you carried out

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your responsibilities. Often, they are something you are proud of or, they can simply quantify what you
have done on a daily basis. Many of your routine activities can be quantified and written as
accomplishments that demonstrate your experience and knowledge, and proof of how you’ve HELPED
the company!

Here are some things to consider when naming accomplishments. Quantify whenever possible. For
instance, did you: save the company money? How much and how? help improve sales? By how
much? improve productivity and efficiency? implement any new systems or processes? help launch
any new products or services? achieve more with (same or fewer) resources? resolve a major
problem with little investment? participate in any technical/operational improvements? exceed
accepted standards for quality or quantity? identify the need for a program or service? prepare any
original reports, studies or documents? serve on any committees? What was the outcome? get
elected to any boards, teams or task forces? resolve customer problems? get rated as outstanding in
performance reviews?

3.AVOID COMMON ERRORS IN RESUME WRITING

Many job seekers either don't know or don't understand the many items that do not belong in a
resume. They include the following: Do not use "I", "me" or "my" statements; use the telegraphic
method and drop the pronoun to make it more active. Instead of "I wrote the 40-page employee
manual", say "Wrote 40-page employee manual" Avoid the use of the words "responsible for" and
"duties included" Do not include personal information, such as age, health, ethnicity, marriage and
family status. Employers will throw your resume out if it has such information because they could
someday be accused of hiring bias Do not include photographs unless you are a model or actor Do
not explain your reasons for leaving your previous jobs or employment gaps Don't send extra papers
such as letters of recommendation, certificates or samples of your work. They clutter your presentation
and are too premature. Use in the interview if appropriate Never include salary information Do not
forward a list of references




Recognized as a career expert, Linda Matias brings a wealth of experience to the career services field.
She has been sought out for her knowledge of the employment market, outplacement, job search
strategies, interview preparation, and resume writing, quoted a number of times in The Wall Street
Journal, New York Newsday, Newsweek, and HR-esource.com. She is President of CareerStrides and
the National Resume Writers’ Association. Visit her website at www.careerstrides.com or email her at
careerstrides@bigfoot.com.




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                                   Resume Writing and Preparation is Free Online
                                                        By Donna Monday



Resume Writing and Preparation is Free Online
 by: Donna Monday

Creating a strong resume is a very important part of applying for a job, either online or off line. There
are many resume writing services that will help you build an impressive resume for job interviews.

You can also learn how to write a resume for free by surfing the Internet for resume writing help. Many
sites will show you tips and advice on choosing a resume style that works best for you.

You can also find samples of resumes, resume templates, resume software, and examples of resume
cover sheets or letters.

Whether you’re looking to create a business resume, marketing resume, military resume, electronic
resume, accounting resume, nursing resume, acting resume, sales resume, teacher resume, executive
resume, student resume or a customer service resume, you can find great advice online with a little
research.

When preparing your resume, keep in mind that employers use resumes for several purposes:

Screen Applicants – Most employers will only look at a resume for about 30 seconds to determine
whether or not an applicant is a good fit for their organization.

Develop Interview Questions – Statements on your resume can be used to formulate questions they
may ask during an interview.

Communication Skills – Employers want to see how well you express yourself.

Qualifications – Employers will reference your resume when making hiring decisions based on how
closely your qualifications match their needs.

Writing a resume isn’t easy, but by studying various tips and advice, you can learn to create a type of
resume that will get you one step closer to your ultimate goal of finding a great job.




Copyright 2004

Donna Monday writes employment related articles for http://www.get-a-job-interview-quick-tips.com.




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