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  A1 Premier Resume Services

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What Is a Resume

A resume is a marketing tool that clearly describes how your skills, talents and abilities meet the needs of your potential employer. Your resume should be a well-written document that advertises who you are and what you are capable of accomplishing. It should express your unique background and experience.

Many people look at resumes as though they should be vetted by the employer, when in fact, you should be vetting the employer by speaking his language.

What does an employer look for? Oddly enough, some of the same type of things that you are looking for:

  • Make money
  • Save money
  • Preserve long term health of the company
  • Save time
  • Develop a good image
  • Attract customers

So when you’re building your resume, think in terms of what you have to offer the employer and not so much what he can do for you. In addition, create your resume for the position that you are seeking, not the one you left behind.

Building Your Resume

Starting at the top…

  • Your Heading
    • Write your name. Experiment with displaying it in the center or off to the side and see which way looks best to you.
    • Include your address/phone number (best number to reach you)/email address (make sure you check it). You may choose to leave off your address and only include your phone number or online contacts for privacy.
    • Items not to include on your resume: birth date, marital status, physical characteristics such as height or weight.
  • Objective/Profile/Summary
    • This is a short paragraph that allows the reader to quickly understand what you have to offer. It should succinctly portray your most important attributes and be keyword rich.
    • Avoid any fluff. Some interviewers only scan resumes for 15 -30 seconds or less. Make sure your seconds count.
  • Experience
    • If you have limited experience for a career that you are pursuing, think about your past work and volunteer experience in terms of the career that you are seeking. What did you do on your former or present job that relates to what you want to do now?
    • Include the last 10 years worth of experience. It is not necessary to catalogue 20–30 years on a corporate resume although federal resumes may require a fuller history.
    • As a general rule, you should limit your resume to two pages based upon the number of years of experience. If you have limited experience, one page may be sufficient.
    • Students should include internships.
    • Write your resume experience in terms of accomplishments. Move your focus away from providing a list of things that you did to what you actually accomplished:
      • FROM: reviewed and wrote reports
      • TO: initiated retrieval of information from managers that indicated where the company was losing money and quickly implemented 10 procedures
      • to close the gaps saving the company $1MIL
  • Education
    • List educational background.
    • Include GPA information is it’s over 3.5.
    • If you are just out of college or just received your MBA, you may opt to include applicable coursework that you’ve taken.
    • You can list licenses in a subsection of Education.
    • List special training or certifications received.
    • If you graduated from college 15-20 years ago, you might want to forego putting the year of your graduation.
  • Skills
    • List any computer skills that you have that the employer may be interesting in.
    • List other special skills applicable to your desired line of work.
  • Professional Affiliations

  • Volunteer Experience

Other Insights:

  • Your resume should have a consistent and attractive look and feel in terms of font size, bullets, design, etc., and be well-organized. Use sufficient white space. Don’t underestimate the power of an aesthetically pleasing resume. The design can draw them in while the content will keep them reading.

  • It is not necessary to write “References Available Upon Request” on your resume. Nor do you need to list your references. A separate reference page should be written and distributed when requested. However, when applying online, references are sometimes part of the online application process and can be included when applying online.

  • Decide the order of your major categories. Your resume should be organized based upon what will have the greatest impact and experience. A new graduate may want to place the education section prior to work experience.

  • When applying online, submit an ASCII resume.

  • A chronological resume is preferred by most employers. However, if there are gaps in your employment, you might want to go with a functional or combination resume to reduce the emphasis on your missing employment years.

YOUR RESUME

 Name                                                                                                 Email Address

Address                                                                                              LinkedIn URL

Phone Number                                                                                   Website URL

SUMMARY

Keyword rich paragraph that demonstrates your skills/talents/abilities. Highlight your best assets.

Asset1               Asset 2                      Asset3

Asset4             Asset5                        Asset6


EXPERIENCE

Title1

Job1 City, State Month/Year – Month/Year

Description of Responsibilities

Accomplishments

Title2

Job2 City, State Month/Year – Month/Year


Description of Responsibilities

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

Degree, School1, College Name, City, State                                      Year Graduated


PROFESSIONAL AFFLIATIONS

Group Name     GroupName

GroupName       GroupName

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