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How To Write an Effective Resume

Resume writing can seem like an intimidating task, but it’s actually easier than you think. Your resume only has one job to do: It must pique the interest of your potential employer. That’s it. It doesn’t have to tell your life story and it doesn’t have to answer every question a potential employer might have.

Time Required: 60 minutes

Here’s How:

  1. Start by researching the companies that interest you. Next, read publications or websites directly related to your target industry. Are there particular requirements that are frequently mentioned? If so, use these requirements as keywords throughout your resume.
  2. Detail your previous experience. Think about your background and past experiences. Take what you learned in business school and apply it to the job you seek. Emphasize relevant skills and related accomplishments.
  3. If you have degrees, certifications, or specialized training, note it. Try to include any related unpaid work that you have done, such as internships.
    Whatever you do, don’t list your hobbies unless they directly apply. Concentrate only on what demonstrates your value; leave everything else out.
  4. As you are writing, try not to use the same words over and over. Avoiding repetition will make your resume more exciting. Drop in some of the following action words to jazz things up a bit:
    • Accomplished
    • Achieved
    • Attained
    • Completed
    • Created
    • Delivered
    • Demonstrated
    • Enhanced
    • Expanded
    • Improved
    • Increased
    • Managed
    • Obtained
    • Performed
    • Produced
    • Secured
    • Succeeded
    • Surpassed
  5. Next, make sure everything is neatly typed and spelled correctly. Your resume should be eye-catching without being flashy. Above all, it should be easy to read.

    If you need ideas for layout and structure, find resume samples online or go to the library and study a book. Both outlets will offer many examples of professionally written resumes. (A great online place

  6. When your resume is finished, read it over carefully and make sure that it properly demonstrates your value as an employee. If so, you have written an effective invitation to employers. All you need to do now is sit back and wait for the phone to ring.