The Basic Elements of Resumes

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If you want to capture an employer’s attention, your resume needs to strike a difficult balance between being original and including all the information the employer needs. No matter what you do to stand out in your resume, you should be sure to include the following basic information.

– Contact information. Your resume doesn’t do you any good if the employer can’t contact you for an interview. Include your name, street address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

– A summary or objective. Objective statements, which give the employer information about what kind of job you’re seeking, are still in use at the top of many resumes. But a number of experts instead recommend that you start off with a brief summary of who you are and what you can contribute to a company.

– Professional skills or core competencies. Your resume needs to have a list of the things you’re best at. What you call it and how you structure it will depend on your industry and your work history, but be sure to mention the skills that make you well suited for the job you’re applying for.

– Experience. Your work experience will usually form the heart of your resume. Be sure to focus on highlighting your accomplishments rather than simply listing your duties. In addition, include the years of employment, specific job title, and company name for each position.

– Education. The education section of your resume should include the names of institutions and the dates you attended them, as well as degrees and certifications you received. You should also be sure to list nontraditional education like on-the-job training and professional development courses.

– Space. In the rush to include as much positive information about yourself as possible, it’s easy to forget to include blank space. No employer will read a full page of text, so be sure to include enough space to make your resume easy to digest and pleasing to look at.

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