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Dec 14, 2007
Many people are very intimidated about building a resume. A resume is simply a list of your work history and education as well as your accomplishments. It is your professional introduction to a prospective employer. It is not difficult to build a resume. There are many different software programs designed to help even the novice to build a resume. In addition, most word processing programs have templates that are designed to help individuals build a resume. Prior to building your own resume, you must first make a list of your recent employment, the addresses of those companies as well as your education. You should also be aware of what type of job you are seeking.

The first thing you will want to do when you build a resume is to put down your contact information on the top of the page. This includes your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. You can also include a cell phone number if you wish. You want to make sure that the employer can easily get in contact with you if he or she decides that they like your resume and wants to call you in for an interview. You do not need to put down your birth date or social security number. In the past, people did this but this is no longer advisable. It is illegal for an employer to ask your age and it is unwise to send you're your social security number.

The next thing you will want to do to build your resume is to state your employment objective. This should be the job for which you are applying. If you are applying for a job as a secretary, state so on the front of your resume.

After putting down your contact information and job objective, you can start to build the most important part of your resume which is your prior work experience. Start from the last job that you had and work backward. Put down the name of the company, the address, your position and duties. List your knowledge extensively that coincides with the new job. Use bullet points if possible as it makes it easier for the employer to read. Do not embellish your accomplishments or skills, but do not underestimate them, either. Be sure that you list everything you know how to do that will make you the best candidate for the new job, including your computer skills.

Once you have completed the prior employment experience part of your resume, you can continue to build your resume by adding your education. If you have a post graduate degree, this should be listed first, along with the college or university where you received the degree. You should next list the college or university where you received your undergraduate degree as well as which type of degree you achieved. If you have a college degree only, you should list that first and then your high school information. It is never necessary to list your grammar school information on your resume. Be sure to put down any extra curricular activities or clubs that you belonged to in school as this often is looked upon favorably by employers. Employers tend to look for employees who will not only do the job, but also do a little extra. By indicating that you just did not get by in high school, but instead were in several clubs, shows an employer that you were very active and will most likely be an asset to the company.

If you belong to any special clubs or have received any special awards, now is the time to recognize them. When you build your resume, be sure to put down any special achievements or skills that you have not listed in other parts of the resume. If, for example, you are Bi-lingual, you should mention this in your resume.

Also, when you build a resume, make sure that you include any military service. You should also include your rank when you entered the military, your discharge information as well as your rank upon discharge. Military service to the country is an honor and is often looked favorably by employers.

It is not difficult to build a resume. Once you have completed your resume, be sure to check for spelling errors and proofread it several times before sending it to your prospective employer.
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Mario Churchill is a freelance author and has written over 200 articles on various subjects. For more information on resumes or for a samples resume checkout his recommended websites.
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