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29 Apr 2011

When you start resume writing you should be better prepared to answer interview questions. Even if you plan on having someone write your resume, you should create an outline to provide them with or fill out their forms. Creating an outline or draft provides more focus and you should always be emphasizing the right skills.

Begin by listing your job background by employer, position, title, and the dates of employment. You can make use of this same outline for each job you seek. List the skills you obtained or employed at each employer such as communication, organizational, team skills etc. Write a description or a sentence for every skill you have and tell about how you have used that skill so that your employer have benefited from it. Be more specific.

You might write more than you need for a resume. This is great because you can interchange these statements when you customize your resume for specific jobs and employers. You should create a resume focused to each one. This can give you the edge over other candidates because employers will discover you as being a better fit with the position. Depending on the employer's needs or the qualifications that he is seeking, you can make few changes in your statements to fit yourself into the job.

The job posting, advertisement, or description will have the specific keywords for the knowledge, skills, and abilities. Use the identical phrases the employer is utilizing for the skills you possess. Use as many related keywords as you can for every job and resume. There are some employers that only look for resumes containing the specific keywords they want for the job. So that you will be included in the search result when this employer is scanning for the keywords, you might include those keywords in your resume writing.

When writing about your skills or employment history, your priority should be to write certain situations that resulted in positive outcomes. Situations that helped or benefited your previous employer. You can leave out common job responsibilities in your work history. Whenever possible use numbers to show how you performed. For example, you can use time such as weeks, years, months, money, or percentages. No matter how tempted you are, be careful not to fabricate or exaggerate here.


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