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General Resume Tips and Insights

Include interesting points

Keep in mind, the purpose of a resume is to pique the reader's interest in you to the point where they want to find out more and bring you in for an interview.

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Outline your experiences chronologically

The chronological resume is the most widely accepted resume format. It is organized by job title and presents your work experience and accomplishments in reverse chronological order.

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Outline your experiences chronologically

I would suggest a chronological listing of work experiences so it is easier to understand your work history.

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You can include your references directly on your resume, but don’t have too

Although this certainly is not a requirement, it can only help expedite the process. You will most likely be asked for references should you progress through the process, so providing them in advance is proactive and shows good initiative.

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References don’t only have to be former employers

For a recent college graduate, references on school committees, organizations, etc. may be helpful as you don't have any "past employers" the company can contact to ask questions around your degree of responsibility, leadership capability, communication skills and work ethic.

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Keep your font and format consistent, and use bullet points

Make sure it is formatted correctly with consistent font. Use bullet points instead of long paragraphs.

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The top of your resume is the most important

I always think of the top of a resume as the most valuable real estate on the paper! It is the first place we look so you want to put something exciting up there.

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Break your resume into sections

Work experience; Education; Technology; Personal Interests and Community Involvement/Volunteerism/Sustainability

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Always proofread your resume, and have someone you trust also review it

I encourage you to very carefully read through your resume - twice. Then ask someone else to as well!

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Always proofread your resume, and have someone you trust also review it

Proof read your resume multiple times to ensure you aren't using any offensive language or providing information about yourself that is overly personal and does not apply to your professional credentials

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If you were fired, still include the job and dates of employment

[Y]ou should list all relevant employment on your resume, even a position from which you were terminated. That said, you do not have to say that you were terminated; simply list your start and end dates of employment. If and when the question arises in an interview, you can explain the situation, highlighting what you learned from the experience and how you’ve grown professionally since then.

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Feature your education, internships and other group involvement if you lack work experience

If [you had part-time jobs] that do not possess significant, relevant experience, then you should still list these jobs, but deemphasize your work experience on your resume. Instead, prominently feature your education, community involvement, leadership skills, etc. on your resume and in conversations with interviewers, try to focus the conversation on these aspects of your experience.

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Send your resume as a PDF file

If possible, convert to PDF since this will keep all your hard work and formatting from being ruined when being opened in different versions of document editing software. The PDF version also gives it a bit of a more professional look and feel to the resume.

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List your former part-time jobs

On your resume, you should devote majority of information on positions or skills that are relevant that what you are seeking now. If you have recent positions that are directly related, that is great! But consider a section of "Other positions".

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List your former part-time jobs

[F]rame the jobs up in such a way that you described the value of each job.

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