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Great Resume Writing

A resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. Statistically only one interview is granted for every 200 resumes received by the average employer. Resumes are usually scanned rather than read which means you have 10 to 20 seconds to persuade a prospective employer to read further. By the time they have read the first few lines, you have either caught their interest, or your resume has failed.

You need to write your resume to appeal directly to the employer who will be reading it. If you are applying for a job in a field you know well, you probably already know what would make a superior candidate. If you are not sure, you can gather hints from the job posting you are answering.

Before writing your resume you should write out and define “What would make someone a superior candidate.” What qualities do you believe the person doing the hiring would find most attractive? Then write down everything you have ever done that demonstrates how you satisfy what is wanted and needed by the employer.

Heading

Head your resume with this information:

Your full name. Use the form of your name as it appears on academic records and other documents an employer may require you to provide, so there will be no confusion that documents belong to the same person. If you go by a middle name or nickname, you can emphasize or insert this, as in George Bradley (Brad) Martinez , or Kathryn (Kate) E. Winthrop .

- Current address and phone number and your permanent address and phone number.

- DO NOT place the word "resume" at the top of your resume.  It's simply not done.  (If the employer can't tell it's a resume, you've got bigger problems.)

The order and content of everyone's resume does not have to be the same. However, formats are somewhat standardized so that employers can easily find the information they seek. After your heading, sequence the information on your resume from most important to least important with regard to supporting your career objective.

Objective

Your objective tells a prospective employer the type of work you are currently pursuing. The rest of your resume should be designed to effectively support your objective. Ideally your resume should be pointed toward conveying why you are the perfect candidate for one specific job or title. Your objective should communicate from the point of view of making a contribution to the employer not what you hope the employer will do for you.

“OBJECTIVE –A position in the agricultural industry with major responsibilities that will effectively utilize my communication, leadership, and organizational skills.”

“OBJECTIVE –Management position in procurement where over 10 years of experience will add value to operations.”

-Avoid objectives like, "position which utilizes my skills and abilities" without specifying your skills and abilities.

-Avoid such trite phrases as: "seeking a chance for advancement," or "where I can further my career." These statements are not expressing how you will contribute to the employer.

-Be sure the Objective is to the point

-If you are applying for several different positions, you should adapt your resume to each one.

If you are making a career change or have a limited work history you want the employer to immediately focus on where you are going, rather than where you have been.

Summary

The Summary of Qualifications section on your resume is composed of three to four brief statements that say why you're the ideal candidate for the job mentioned in your objective statement. Don’t be modest! In the Summary of Qualifications section you can write about your experience, credentials, expertise, personal values, work ethics, background, or anything that makes you qualified for the job you're after. Those qualities should be the most compelling demonstrations of why they should hire you instead of the other candidates. You're free to make claims, drop names, and do your best to entice the reader to finish reading the resume.

Look back to the list you made earlier demonstrating how you satisfy what is wanted and needed by the employer.