How to Write a Winning Resume

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With the current state of our economy and high U.S. unemployment rates, I wanted to write an article on resume writing.  It is a good idea to always have an updated resume, before you are faced with job loss.  Here are some tips to help you write a job-winning resume:

  1. Tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying.  Research the skills and qualities the employer is seeking for the position.  These can usually be found in the job advertisement or job description.  Don’t just send out the same old resume for every position.  Make sure your resume is written to show how you are qualified for the position you are seeking.
  2. Use action verbs to present yourself as a doer and achiever.  Action verbs such as managed, prepared, communicated, analyzed, organized, etc. show an employer that you have skills that would be an asset to their organization.  Avoid writing your resume using the passive voice.
  3. Remember that your resume is a marketing tool.  It is about you, the job hunter, not just about the various jobs you have held through the years.  It must emphasize your accomplishments, rather than merely list previous job duties.
  4. Double, triple and quadruple check your resume before sending it anywhere.  Typos can cause your resume to get thrown in the trash.  If you write a resume full of typos, an employer will perceive that you will perform sloppily on the job.
  5. Do not include personal information on your resume such as age, race, religion, marital status, children, or health status.  This information is illegal for an employer to ask you in a job interview so definitely don’t give it to them in your resume.

If you have resume questions you want answered in a future blog post, please feel free to leave them in a comment.  You can also hire me to write your resume and receive a discount if you tell me  that you read about it on my blog.  The Write Advice is my business writing and consulting Web site where I write resumes, Web site content, press releases, and other marketing materials.

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