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Building an Effective Resume

When building a resume, there are some tips to keep in mind. Many times it is difficult to decide exactly what should be included and what should not. How long should it be and what style should be used are important factors to consider.

A resume should not be a life history report. It does not need to include every class you’ve ever taken nor every job you’ve ever held. You do not need a long list of references for each job. You do not need to include addresses and phone numbers for each employer. If a potential employer would like more information, they will ask you. You should not include all your abilities and skills. Going on and on about your cooking ability for an office job will only take needed space.

A resume should not be longer than a page and it should not be difficult to read. When resumes extend pages and pages, the potential employer gets tired and frustrated. Keep in mind that they are probably looking at hundreds of resumes, and a long resume may deter them enough to not even consider it. It should be short and to the point.

A resume should contain the intended mission or purpose of sending it. It should include education and experience that is relevant to the type of job that is being sought out. It is appropriate to include brief descriptions of tasks and accomplishments during each job listed. It should highlight your abilities and skills that are pertinent to the job. It should include your name, address and a way to contact you.

In order to make your resume stand out, you may be tempted to choose bright colors and big lettering. This may get the potential employer’s attention, but it may not convince them that you are serious or right for the job. Resume style should be simple and clear. It should not have many distractions and clip art. It should be built to have the information stand out, not your sense of humor.

With all the potential candidates, make sure your resume is concise and accurate. Misspellings, typos and mistakes detract from your credibility. It can cause a potential employer to assume that you are not serious or conscientious. If you are printing your resume, make sure the paper is clean and not folded or crumpled in any way. Your resume represents you.