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The Headline Summary

Your resume should start with a "headline summary." It is a very brief summary of what you have to offer as a job candidate. It should be less than two sentences:

  • It should advertise your abilities.
  • Be broad enough that you can elaborate on them in the rest of the resume.
  • Mention anything specific that you know the employer is looking for or any substantial life achievement relevant to the job that will make you stand out as a candidate.

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Computers and Resume Keywords

If you're applying to a job online, make sure you stand out to the hiring staff and to the computer program that sorts applications.

The "applicant tracking systems" scan your resume for qualifications, skills, experience and keywords. Ensure your resume is effectively formatted and easy to...

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Your resume

Your resume in a job application is essentially the document that’s going to market you to potential employers.

Companies are looking for a particular set of skills or qualifications. If those skills don’t jump out at them on your resume, you may be overlooked, even if you’re the bes...

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Education

The education section is mostly put at the end of the resume unless your job is a professional job that requires a specific education. 

  • List the level of the degree, then the field of study, then the name and general information of the institution.
  • List your highest d...

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Work Experience

  • Describe your work experience in a series of lists. Lists are easier to view than written sentences.
  • Describe how, in the past, your contributions in a company have led to marked improvements. Be relevant.
  • Make sure you address all relevant gaps and time frames ...

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Skills

Listing skills is not the same as listing your work experience. Your skills should be relevant to the job you're applying for.

  • Look at the required skills listed in the job description so you'll have a good idea of what you need to list. List the most effective skills at the ...

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Brevity Is The Key

A common mistake is made by those who try to use all the characters available. It’s obvious that you cannot express your every achievement or personality trait in 160 characters, and you shouldn’t. 

Consider that people tend to scan through the first lines and pick out the ...

Your “about me” answer

Your interviewer will probably open with some form of "Tell me a little about yourself.Plan your answer using a few quick bullet points to keep things brief en then commit it loosely to memory.

  • Skip your personal history.
  • Give two or three sentences about ...

How to Present Yourslelf

  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.

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