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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Must Haves for an Effective Resume

 Creating an effective resume can help you land the job of your dreams. Whether you recently graduated from college or have five years or more of experience working for companies in your field, you need a resume that highlights your former jobs and the skills that you possess. Your resume should back up some of the information you listed in your cover letter and explain to employers why you would be a good fit in the given job. In addition to a short summary and an objective statement, your resume should also include several key categories.

Education
The education section of your resume should list the highest level of education you obtained. Though some may only have a high school diplomas, others have a college degree or attended graduate school. If you attended two or more schools after high school, list each one in this section. Though you do not need to list the address of each school, you should include the city and state of each school. You'll also want to list the type of degree you obtained, what the degree is in and when you graduated.

Professional Skills
The two biggest parts of your resume is your summary statement and a section of professional skills. Your summary statement gives you the chance to summarize your experience and the type of job you want. Some people make the mistake of crafting a summary statement that goes on for paragraphs and/or takes up more than half the page. You generally only need a few paragraphs or a few clear sentences. The professional skills section should list six to 10 key skills that you have that apply to the job you applied for or to your given field.

Former Employers
Experts generally recommend that you keep your resume to one page or less. Though you might feel tempted to include all relevant jobs in your former employment section, you should only list your most recent jobs. Keep the list to only two or three of the jobs you had. List the name of the company, its location, your job title and some of the things you did on the job. A college professor might state that he or she graded papers, met with students during office hours and created curriculum for various courses. You can learn more about how to format your resume when you read Dr Shahram Shirkhani's resume and other resumes online.

A good resume can help you get your foot in the door at some of the top companies in the world. It should clearly show your past experience and what makes you a good fit for the job at hand. Reading resumes online will give some idea of how to format and what to put on your resume.
 

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