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- Put the most important information first
This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first. If you are a recent graduate or applying for a job that requires a certain degree/diploma, etc., you should put this information first.
Experienced job seekers may wish to include a Profile or Summary of Qualifications at the top of the resume, with 4-6 bullets or phrases highlighting the skills and traits that would be of interest to the specific employer.
- Accomplishment Statements
In the past, people simply listed duties and responsibilities of their past work experiences. Today’s employers expect to see skills and results. Highlighting your accomplishments will capture the employer’s attention, showing what you are capable of and “proving” that you can bring value to the organization.
List other languages in which you are fluent or familiar. If you have traveled extensively or lived in another country, include that information.
- Attention to the typography
First of all make sure that your fonts are big enough. The smallest you should go is 10 points, but 11 is probably safer. Do not use capital letters all over the place; remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices.
- Do not include “no kidding” information
There are many people that like to include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think “no kidding!”
- Explain the benefits of your skills
Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances.
- Avoid negativity
Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and to interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things that you hated about your last company.
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