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An Outline Of A Resume That Gets Results

How to write a resume that gets results is a challenge. It can be hard to know whether you are getting all the elements right, since your only feedback is a call to come to an interview. You can't always tell by the number of calls you get from employers, because whether or not you are a good "fit" is as important as the content of your resume. But there are things you can do when deciding how to write a resume stand out, and how you can highlight your personal work history in the best possible light.

The main things you will need to put into your resume are all related to your skills and experience. A basic outline will look something like this:

Personal Facts: You'll need your name, address and contact information at the top of the resume of course. Be sure to include email and cell phone if you thin it's appropriate.

Qualifications Summery: At his point, some professional resume writers suggest you include a statement of your qualifications. This would be just a sentence or tow outlining the number of years you have been in the field, and major accomplishments. This information can also go in your cover letter instead.

Objective: The objective section comes next, and is difficult to write. You want to sound as though you have a serious career path in mind, but you don't want to overdo it. Make sure your objective states what you really want form your job, with conviction. Saying "to find a full time job" is clearly not acceptable! But instead stating something like "To achieve a position with growth potential, in a supportive team environment but where independence is valued" is much better

Education: Some resumes indicate education first, some put work experience ahead of the education information within your resume. List the schools you attended beginning with high school and the year you graduated. In addition to the schools you've attended, be sure to list everything you did of any consequence. If you played sports, wrote for a newspaper, achieved academic awards, graduated with honors, it should all be in there. Membership in hobby clubs though, unless they are relevant (political clubs when applying for a staff position with a politician for example) are better inserted into a section entitled "Interests".

Employment: Your previous employment history should be next. Be honest when describing your employment history. Use active verbs (verbs that show you taking action, such as "Managed", or "Developed budget for new division", not language that sounds passive: "Was involved in developing budget". Take credit for your contributions in your previous jobs too; if you volunteered in community activities sponsored by your employer, include that. It's good to show that you got involved with making your workplace a better environment.

Memberships; in this section, you will put your memberships to professional organizations and other groups that are relevant to your experience and to the job you're applying for.

Awards: If you have received any professional awards, you should put those her in a separate section. (Academic awards can be added to the Educational section.)

References: How to make a resume that stands out takes some time and thought. Think through all of the things that make you unique, and how those qualities and actions have made you a success in your previous job and make you an asset to your community.

When writing a resume, you of course should use an outline of a resume, but be sure to ultimately make it your own to stand out from the crowd.

Submitted by:

Jane Calhoun

Jane Calhoun writes on business topics for a variety of online and offline publications. Get a complete kit showing how to write a professional resume, including resume and cover letter samples and more at http://www.best-online-resume.com/resume-kit.html




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