5 Tips for a Better Resume

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Unless you’ve been in the workforce for more than 20 years, keep your resume to one page. If you have trouble fitting all your career experience on one page, delete less-important jobs, or jobs that are not relevant to your current job search. In some fields, however, a longer resume is expected.

Consider the functional resume.

Listing jobs in chronological order makes sense, but you could also create a functional resume that focuses on skills you possess, such
as leadership, customer service and planning, with examples.

Focus on the employer’s needs.

Carefully read the job description for which you are applying. Revise your resume to carefully match what the employer is looking for, and sprinkle your resume with the language used in the job description. Be specific about the ways in which you will be an asset to the organization.

Proofread, proofread, proofread.

Employers receive hundreds of resumes for many job postings. Your resume won’t make it far if it has typos, grammatical errors or inaccuracies. Make sure your resume is clean, organized and free of mistakes. Fine-tune your resume with the help of a well-qualified friend, a career counselor or someone in your field­—or all three.

Go paperless, but make copies.

Creating a resume on a computer obviously allows you to make changes quickly and easily, but it’s also a good idea to have a hard copy on high-quality paper that you can hand quickly to people you meet, either in a casual interaction or a job fair or interview.

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