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A Guide to Improving Your Resume

Jun 6, 2008
Many people fail to understand why they get rejected even if they are well qualified and have the skills required for the job. The reason is that their resume fails to stand out when alongside others. Here are a few steps that can help you make your resume have a big impact.

Do not treat your resume like any ordinary piece of paper. Be very careful when you draft the body of the resume. A presentable resume comes in a particular format - and the trends keep changing as business demands change.

Name

Write your name in the visible font size. You can keep your name in the center and write the address just below it in a smaller font size. Remember to maintain the correct spacing between words.

Objectives

At the beginning of your resume, always mention your objective. Tell the reader how you will be an asset to the company. For example, you can say, "I want be a continuous learner and help the company to grow!"

Do not try to bluff or over-exaggerate the objective. Keep it plain and simple, but impressive.

Qualifications

After you mention your objectives, give the details about your qualifications. You can give the details about the type of degrees you have earned and the names of the institutions from which you obtained them.

Make mention your grades only if they were outstanding.

Experience

Give details of your experience from each company. Always mention the experience of your current company first. Start writing it in the form of descending date order. You can mention the details of your job profile and the responsibilities you handle.

Don't forget to highlight the responsibilities that are related to the job that you are applying for. You don't want your resume to appear irrelevant.

Also mention the projects that you worked on and received accolades for.

Additional Qualifications

You should always mention any additional qualifications or skills. This will give the reader the impression that you are a continuous learner. If you were trained on a particular computer program or received training on handling elite customers, you should always mention it.

Technical knowledge

This section is very useful and important for people applying for technical positions. In this section, you can mention all the technical skills you have. Write down the names of various software programs that you are familiar with.

Don't leave out the different programming languages you have worked with.

Computer knowledge

People who are not applying for technical positions can and should mention their computer proficiency in this section. List all the different computer programs you have worked with.

Certificates

In certain professions, possessing a certificate from a renowned institute is very important. In the beauty and fashion industry, for example, holding these certificates will help you land a job much more easily.

When you are writing your resume, it is important to highlight your accomplishments and not just your job duties. You don't want it to look like you are a worker bee only capable of taking orders.

Improving your resume isn't rocket science, but it does take methodical thought and organization. Follow the tips above and you will be well on your way to your dream job!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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