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Resume Advice

Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. It is necessary that it is as updated as possible and free of all errors.  It should include the following information:

Contact Information

It should include phone numbers, mail address, and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional.  A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.

Career Objectives

You may choose to list or not list your career objectives. If your objectives don't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, clearly stated career objectives can help your recruiter find your ideal career match.

Summary Statement

Your summary should be brief.

  • Include your title and years of experience.
  • List pertinent skills.
  • Discuss your character traits or work style.

Professional Experience

List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years.  If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth.  The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.

Other Components

Include education, professional training, affiliations / appointments, licenses, technical skills, and languages.

Personal Information

Do not include personal information such as marital status.

Accomplishments within the Company

  • Increased revenues
  • Saved money
  • Increased efficiencies
  • Cut overhead
  • Increased sales
  • Improved workplace safety
  • Purchasing accomplishments
  • New products / new lines
  • Improved record keeping process
  • Increased productivity
  • Successful advertising campaign
  • Effective budgeting
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