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how to write a resume

What is a resume? A resume is a document that enables potential employers to learn basic facts about you and your job related experience, achievements, skills, and education. Once you have prepared and submitted your resume to an employer the hope is that you will be asked to attend a job interview to discuss further whether or not you will be suitable.

A typical resume will include individual sections for contact details, work history, and education. Most resumes will be sorted by chronological order (most recent first). It is a good idea to have a summary section at the start of your resume that condenses your experience, achievements, skills, and education into a single paragraph.

Probably the biggest mistake people make when writing resumes, excluding poor spelling and grammar, is that they re-write their job description. To learn how to write a resume you need to invest a lot of thought and effort in what you can do for an employer.

What have you achieved for your current or previous employer during your work there? What skills do you have that are transferable to a new job? Don’t just make unsubstantiated statements or claims. For example, rather than writing ‘excellent interpersonal skills’ demonstrate this by also writing ‘as demonstrated when chosen by my supervisor to meet and greet customers and to listen to and evaluate their initial requirements’.

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