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Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Résumé

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Topic: Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Résumé
Posted By: NLChambers
Subject: Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Résumé
Date Posted: Apr/30/2012 at 8:40am - Twelve Quick Tips for a Winning Résumé

1. Type your résumé on a computer. Use good quality, white or off-white, standard (8.5" x 11") paper. Print only on one side of the page.

2. Be selective. Employers will formulate their first impressions from the information you provide.

3. Be brief and concise. Ensure that the résumé is easy to read. Remember, employers are probably going to have to go through a pile of these and won't be attracted by long, cluttered résumés that take up a lot of their time. If your résumé is one of the successful ones, you can expand on all your great qualities in the interview.

4. Include lots of white space on the page. This makes it easier to read. Use at least one-inch margins. Choose a simple, easy-to-read font at a size that will not strain the reader's eyes (12 point is a good choice).

5. Don't fold your résumé. Keep copies in an envelope or folder.

6. Make sure the information is accurate. Don't exaggerate or misrepresent yourself. The employers will check! On the other hand, don't sell yourself short either.

7. Make sure you have listed all the correct personal data, including your address and a telephone number where you can be reached during the day.

8. Have an employment counsellor or teacher help you identify your skills and help with the format. It is always a good idea to have someone else look over your résumé, even if it is just to proofread it.

9. Have at least three references. You won't include these in the résumé, but you should have them ready to give the employer if (I mean when!) you get an interview. References can be personal, but academic or work-related ones are preferred.

10. Proofread, proofread, and proofread! Make sure there are no spelling, grammar or typing errors. If employers get a lot of résumés, they will look for any excuse to quickly "pitch" as many of them as possible. Bad proofreading gives them an easy out.

11. Don't sign or date your résumé. Do update it regularly and retain past versions for future reference.

12. A cover letter should be sent along with the résumé

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