Career Launch April 1, 2014
Resume Writing Tips
Your resume has one job and one job only – to get you an interview. You will be judged in less than 30 seconds, so make sure your resume is top-notch.
> Make your resume visually appealing, but easy to read.
> Make it relevant. If it doesn’t apply to the job/career you’re interested in, leave it out. Your part-time job at McDonald’s will not get you a job in the creative field.
> Use a direct, active writing style. Begin sentences with action verbs.
> Write with short phrases rather than complete sentences. If you can say it in five words, don’t use 20.
> Tell the truth. Trust me, it’s so easy to check up on things that any lie/half-lie/exaggeration will be caught.
> Watch for errors in spelling and punctuation. Have at least one other person proofread.
> Keep the employer in mind. Ask yourself “Would I interview this person?” If the answer is no or maybe, keep working.
Your resume is the first impression someone will have of you. Make it strong.
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