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Your resume is probably the most important document in your business career. Career Services would like you to realize it is not just a list of jobs and duties, but an ad designed with one message – promoting you. The cover letter is the one minute teaser often giving a different slant on the details; while the resume gives the full information. Together, the resume and cover letter cannot get you a job – but done right; they can and will get you an interview.
Ten Tips for a Winning Resume:
- Don’t lie. Period. Sell yourself convincingly, but never lie.
- Be brief. Use the least amount of words possible to clearly demonstrate your qualifications.
- Make a resume error-free. Make sure someone else proofreads your resume looking for spelling and grammar errors.
- Focus on what you offer employers, not what employers can offer you. A hiring manager is looking to hear how you can benefit their company.
- Emphasize results and accomplishments. Don’t just tell them what your responsibilities have been at previous jobs. Tell them what you’ve accomplished in those responsibilities. Quantify the results whenever possible (example: “Increased sales in territory by 30% in one year”)
- Use action verbs. Demonstrate what you’ve done by using actions verbs rather than passive descriptions. Sample words: directed, managed, created, established, produced.
- Never use “I” or “Me.” It’s OK to use sentence fragments and leave off the “I” – such as “Trained new employees.”
- Leave out salary information, even if they request it in the job announcement or help wanted ad. Don’t discuss it until your job interview.
- Leave out personal information such as race, religion, marital status, political party affiliation, etc.
- Be simple in your language. Don’t try to impress the reader with a lofty vocabulary. Use buzz words and industry jargon when necessary, but otherwise use a professional, conversational writing style.
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