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How to Make a Killer Resume

"Without a favorable initial impression, a prospective employer is likely to stop considering you as a suitable candidate for the job on offer and move on to other candidates who have provided better resumes. Think of a resume as a tool for marketing yourself. It’s more than just a document: It outlines your background, your skills, and your education so that a potential employer is quickly and easily able to see how your individual experiences can contribute to a company’s success." -Ginger Software


Resumes are clearly extremely important. Not only does a resume display your education, employment and your skills, but it also describes what makes you unique and stand out against your fellow applicants.

 

Steps to Build a Resume

  1. The first step in building your resume is finding a template. The best and easiest places to look are Google Docs and Microsoft Word. These templates are simple, however, they are very easy to use and look very clean. If you are unhappy with the templates available from Google Docs and Microsoft Word, I would recommend using Resume Genius or NovoResume.

  2. The next step is to begin filling in the template to your liking. The contact section is pretty self explanatory, but for the rest it can get complicated. If you are a high school student and have never had a job before, I would focus on what you focus on in your education. For example, if you are in a lot of business classes, list the classes that you are in. Follow this example from Zety.com for the education section.

  3. The next section is the experience section. If you do not have any work experience, that is okay! Put down your extracurriculars, such as volunteer experience, or even sports that you play. Anything that you believe that your employer would want to know, put here. Also, don't be afraid to brag about yourself... you are selling yourself to the employer and have to stand out against other applicants.

  4. Finally, complete the skills section. This section is very simple. Just put what you are good at. If the job you are applying needs time management (which every job needs), put time management. If you are good at using software such as Word or Excel, put that.

After you completed all of that, your resume will be in tip top shape! Add in any extra stuff that you would like, but don't go overboard. Try and keep your resume to one page!


Next Step: Crushing the Interview

 

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