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Before you can begin to design your resume on paper, you
need to have the words. Use the following twelve-step writing
process to help you clarify your experience, accomplishments,
skills, education, and other background information, which
will make the job of condensing your life onto a sheet of
paper a little easier. If you need more help, consider using
a ResumeEdge professional resume writer.
Step One: Focus
Decide what type of job you will be applying for and then
write it at the top of a piece of paper. This can become your
objective statement, should you decide to use one, or be used
in the first line of the profile section of your resume to
give your reader a general idea of your area of expertise.
Objectives are not required on a resume, and often the cover
letter is the best place to personalize your objective for
each job opening. There is nothing wrong with using an objective
statement on a resume, however, provided it doesn't limit
your job choices. As an alternative, you can alter individual
resumes with personalized objectives that reflect the actual
job title for which you are applying. Just make sure that
the rest of your information is still relevant to the new
Never write an objective statement that is not precise. You
should name the position you want so specifically that, if
a janitor came by and knocked over all the stacks of sorted
resumes on a hiring manager's desk, he could put yours back
in its right stack without even thinking about it. That means
saying, "A marketing management position with an aggressive
international consumer goods manufacturer" instead of
"A position which utilizes my education and experience
to mutual benefit."
Step Two: Education
Under the objective on the first piece of paper, list any
education or training that might relate. If you are a recent
college graduate and have little relevant experience, then
your education section will be placed at the top of your resume.
As you gain more experience, your education almost always
gravitates to the bottom.
If you participated in college activities or received any
honors or completed any notable projects that relate directly
to your target job, this is the place to list them.
Showing high school education and activities on a resume
is only appropriate when you are under 20 and have no education
or training beyond high school. Once you have completed either
college courses or specialized technical training, drop your
high school information altogether.
Continuing education shows that you care about life-long learning
and self-development, so think about any relevant training
since your formal education was completed. Relevant is the
key word here. Always look at your resume from the perspective
of a potential employer. Don't waste space by listing training
that is not directly or indirectly related to your target
Step Three: Job Descriptions
Get your hands on a written description of the job you wish
to obtain and for any jobs you have held in the past. If you
are presently employed, your human resource department is
the first place to look. If not, then go to your local library
and ask for a copy of The Dictionary of Occupational Titles
or the Occupational Outlook Handbook available online at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm.
These industry standard reference guides offer volumes of
occupational titles and job descriptions for everything from
Abalone Divers to Zoo Veterinarians (and thousands in between).
Another resource available at your local library or college
career center is Job Scribe, a computer software program with
more than 3,000 job descriptions. Other places to look for
job descriptions include your local government job service
agencies, professional and technical organizations, headhunters
(i.e., recruiters), associates who work in the same field,
newspaper advertisements for similar jobs, or online job postings
(which tend to have longer job descriptions than print ads).
The ResumeEdge Resume Center will provide you with hundreds
of job descriptions taken from all of the resume samples.
Simply do a keyword search for relevant job titles on the
sample resume pages.
Now, make a copy of the applicable descriptions and then
highlight the sentences that describe anything you have done
in your past or present jobs. These job descriptions are important
sources of keywords, so pay particular attention to nouns
and phrases that you can incorporate into your own resume.