Resume writing skills As the economy continues to stumble along more and more people are looking for a job. Resume writing has become a necessary skill as few can afford expert writers to help them put their work history, skills and abilities into a top-notch biographical document. You have to find a way to get your resume noticed. A major challenge every job hunter faces is getting the potential employer to select their resume out of dozens or even hundreds under consideration. Here are three suggestions that will help you build a resume to get you an interview for a position that fits your talents and experience. 1. Be willing to sell yourself. Don't let your humility lead you to overlook achievements that will make your resume better. Just as I was getting out of school, a close friend of our family offered to help me put together my resume. I thought I was sunk because I wanted a job in journalism, and my only experience was two semesters on the school newspaper. Instead of focusing on my nearly non-existent employment history, my friend asked me to tell him everything I'd done that involved writing. When I finished, we had discovered several accurate accomplishments for my resume. I matched those experiences to the job I was seeking. 2. Set yourself apart. There once was a time that using off-white paper might be enough to make your resume stand out from others. That doesn't work anymore so you need other strategies. One method is to add graphics to your resume. Some might suggestion adding your photo, but it will probably be more effective to use other images. You might use a company logo if you've worked at prominent place. Another option is the symbol for your college. These graphics help your resume look different from most others while also forming a connection between you and popular brands. Keep in mind that you don't want to take this idea too far. You want your resume to look professional, not tacky. 3. Take some risks. Many people don't want to take chances with their resume, but many times the payoff is worth it. For example, be sure you call attention to any positive experience that can help get you an interview. For example, as I was seeking a position as a newspaper reporter, I had less than a year of journalism experience, and that was on staff of my school paper. The friend helping me prepare my resume wanted to know about stories I'd written. I told him about an article that had caught the attention of the school's president, who wrote a letter to the editor saying it was an excellent example of great student journalism. The letter from the president and the article got prominent places in my resume. It was much better that just saying I'd been associate editor of my school newspaper. These ideas will get your creativity flowing as you work toward find a job. Resume writing can be the skill that gets you the position you seek.
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