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By Meg Archambault Remien

Your resume is the very first impression you make on a potential employer. You want to make sure you stand out from a crowd. Always assume that when you send a resume your potential employer is reading 100 other resumes. What makes yours different? Experience? Education? Certifications?

How to Start Your Resume

Let’s start with the layout. Your name and contact information should always be at the top of the page including your address, phone number and email. Just below your contact information should be an “objective statement”. This lets the reader know what you’re looking for.

Are you looking for full-time employment that will enhance your overall career or are you looking to join a team that will challenge your skill set? Whatever the case may be, make sure this statement is a true reflection of who you are and what you hope to achieve in a work environment.

The Next Part of the Resume

Next should be either work experience or education. If this is your first time applying for a job you should detail your education and any extracurricular experiences you may have. Show off! What are your strengths?

If you have prior work experience, list each job with your job title and length of time you held that job. Then, detail your job description and how you enhanced the company’s overall well-being. Did you simply make copies or did you copy and file confidential documents for the owner of a small business? Be detailed. Make sure that you list both work experience and education if both apply.

The Final Part of Your Resume

The last section of your resume should be reserved for any “extras”. Were you the president of your class? A champion chess player? Are you a certified scuba diver? You can add as many extras as you see fit. Depending on the type of job you’re applying for you may consider keeping these targeted to your specific field of interest.

Lastly, proofread, proofread, PROOFREAD. I cannot stress this enough. I read hundreds of resumes a year. A spelling error is the easiest way to get placed in the “NO” pile. Good luck and happy job hunting!

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