The hardest part of writing a resume can be getting started. One method is to set a clear goal or career objective, and make sure your resume reflects that objective. You don't necessarily have to state your objective on your resume, but write a summary statement to show how the particular job matches your career goals.
When writing your resume, remember to:
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Be truthful. State your abilities accurately.
Target your audience. Highlight skills and activities relevant to the job.
Keep it brief. Limit your resume to one or two pages, and use fewer words for scannability.
Write and rewrite. Plan to write several versions of your resume before it feels right.
Be professional. Print your resume on high-grade paper using a quality printer.
Be accurate. Proofread your resume (and have a friend do the same) for any errors.
Follow up. Call or send a letter to the employer to restate your interest in the position.
Get started on your resume with CareerOneStop's Resume Guide. This tool covers all of the key resume topics, including:
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- What to include and how to best highlight your unique skills and experiences.
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- Marketing your resume to potential employers.
- Tips for using social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook to get your resume out there.
Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.