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How To Write A Better Resume

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Summary:
Which word is more scarier to you? If someone yelled “fire!” or if
someone whispered, “resume”? To most people, hearing the word “resume”
induces panic attacks and beads of sweat across the forehead.

Writing a resume is hard work. You must write your resume correctly; it
must be perfect! Any blunders in your resume could cost you the job. The
entire resume-writing process can be confusing. We’ve all asked ourselves
these questions: “Which information goes in?” “Which stays...


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writing, grammar, business writing, marketing, freelance writing


Article Body:
Which word is more scarier to you? If someone yelled “fire!” or if
someone whispered, “resume”? To most people, hearing the word “resume”
induces panic attacks and beads of sweat across the forehead.

Writing a resume is hard work. You must write your resume correctly; it
must be perfect! Any blunders in your resume could cost you the job. The
entire resume-writing process can be confusing. We’ve all asked ourselves
these questions: “Which information goes in?” “Which stays out?” “How
exactly should I format my resume?”

If you jumped into a pile of books and articles on how to write the
perfect resume, you’d drown in words, sentences and advice that all sound
the same. So what in the world will make your resume leap out of the pile
and scream out, “Grab me! I am the person you want to hire!”

Writing a resume is an art and a science. We need to know a successful
formula of words, sentences and phrases to convey our selling points. The
following tips are shortcuts to write a stellar resume for whatever sort
of job you desire.

FORMAT WITH CAUTION

Your professional history will strongly dictate your resume format. We
must choose one of three basic resume types: chronological, functional or
combination.

THE CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME - This is the most common type of resume, the
one that comes to mind when the word is mentioned. A chronological resume
is appropriate if you’ve had steady work experience with little to no
breaks, have kept each of your jobs for long periods of time, or have
industry-related experience that shows your working toward a specific
goal. The Chronological Resume is comprised of:
Objective (which we’ll discuss in a few paragraphs)

Employment history (starting from your most recent job)

Education

Optional section (for things such as military experience or any special
skills/interests
that may pertain to the job at hand)

References

THE FUNCTIONAL RESUME - A variation of the chronological resume, a
functional resume intends to highlight skills found outside of work
experience; it’s useful if you’re in the process of changing careers,
have little to no work experience or have held several, seemingly
unrelated jobs. This sort of resume is comprised of:

Qualifications summary (a bulleted list of achievements or interests that
qualify you
for the job for which you’re applying).
Employment history
Education
Optional section
References

THE COMBINATION RESUME - A combination resume is what it sounds like: a
combination of the chronological and functional formats. It tends to be
slightly more useful than the functional resume, as that format sometimes
makes an employer suspicious that you’re hiding something (such as a lack
of experience). The combination resume is comprised of:

Qualifications summary
Education (especially if it’s a particularly strong area for you)
Employment history (in reverse order as the chronological resume)
Optional section
References

RETHINK YOUR OBJECTIVE

Many books and articles extol the virtues of an objective; it is, after
all, a great way to position yourself within a job and show an employer
what you want and how willing you are to get it. A lot of job-seekers
have been ditching the objective in favor of a qualifications summary,
and employers seem to be responding well. The reason for this is simple:
objectives are, by nature, focused heavily on you and not the employer.
Your potential employer, while certainly interested in what you want, is
far more concerned with your qualifications and what you can do for the
company.

The idea isn’t all bad, though. It just needs a little tweaking. Instead
of an objective, try creating a positioning statement.; it functions on
the same way as an objective but puts the focus on you. Take a look at
these examples:

Objective: To become an associate editor of children’s books at a major
publishing house.

Positioning Statement: Children’s book editor with 10 years of experience
in publishing.

These are loose examples, of course, but you get the idea; put the focus
on you and the employer will take notice.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

Be specific about what exactly you’ve done. Your former job
responsibilities and achievements are excellent selling points in your
resume. Avoid being vague, unless you want your resume to read like
everyone else’s. Think about your previous jobs: what exactly did you do
and how does that qualify you for a new position? For instance, don’t
write that you “assisted the senior editor with a number of editorial
duties.” Instead, write “contributed to editorial copy and content
editing, cover design and overall concept of several major projects.”
Detailing your specific job duties and accomplishments show the employer
what you’re capable of and what he or she can expect from you as an
employee.

SHOW THEM WHAT YOU CAN DO

It’s tempting to outline your responsibilities to save some space and not
appear overly conceited, but remember -- you’re here to sell to yourself.
You have one shot to make an impression. Chances are good that the
employer will already know a bit about the duties of your last job
(especially if it’s linked to this job), so they need to read about what
you’ve accomplished as opposed to what you did. Anyone could go through
the motions of a nine-to-five day, but what did you actually achieve?
What were the results of your work? Don’t be modest with this; if a book
you edited hit the best-seller list, then by all means, let the employer
know. Never withhold important information about your achievements.

WORD IT WELL

The words you use in your resume are just as important as the results
you’ve achieved or the jobs you’ve held. Make sure you use lively,
engaging words and always avoid the passive voice; it reads in a boring,
trite manner. Always write in active voice so you sound more formal and
direct. Stay concise -- are you using more words that necessary? Would a
great action verb effectively replace a whole sentence? Are there any
obvious clichés, like “great customer service skills”? Strive to say
things in the most interesting manner possible, and make sure you spell
all words correctly. There’s nothing worse than a typo on a resume, as it
leaves the impression that “if this person doesn’t care enough to
spellcheck their resume,” the employer thinks, “then how in the world
will they care enough to do this job well?”
PERFECT THE PRESENTATION

Resume presentation is another crucial aspect to the resume-writing
process. How your resume looks will serve as the employer’s first
impression of you; if it looks bad, or amateurish, your resume may not
get a second glance. Make sure the visual formatting is correct (consult
a resume guide book for samples of formatting) and always leave lots of
white space; this makes it easier for an employer to skim through your
resume and find the information they need. Use an easily readable font,
such as Arial or Times New Roman; print it on high-quality white stock
(no photocopies!); and send it in a white or manila envelope with a
printed mailing label. And always, always, always remember to include
your contact information, even your email address; it’ll be hard to land
that new position if the employer can’t even get in touch with you.

				
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