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Wondering how to write a resume that will knock their socks off? In today’s job market, the resume is an important tool for anyone looking for work. Everyone, from the new entrant into the workforce to the experienced professional, will benefit from a well-written resume. Many employers require a resume be sent as the first method of contact. It can be used to capture the employer’s attention, even when no job is advertised. Just as a job search is a sales campaign, your resume should make you stand out from the competition.

The use of electronic technology to manage the overwhelming number of resumes employers receive is increasing rapidly. Today many companies and employment agencies are using scanners to enter resumes into a computer. These resume-scanning systems use varying degrees of artificial intelligence to screen the resume for desired skills.

What is the first step?

The keys to a successful resume are to "be yourself" and "be creative". Summarize the key elements of your past experience that you would like employers to consider when you are seeking employment. Do not ignore areas you may have previously skipped over as unimportant or assumed everybody has done. You may be selling yourself short, or limiting your breadth of experience, all of which may make the difference in landing the job. Take the time to organize your resume information, including education, employment, and references. Focus on your skills and accomplishments and look for ways to sell your qualifications. A prospective employer does not just want to know where you worked, but also wants to know what you can do.

Resume Formats

To an employer, a well-written resume is a problem solver! A resume, no matter how good, will not get you a job by itself. However, a good resume will attract the attention of the hiring manager and secure a job interview. The purpose of a resume is to disclose your accomplishments and qualifications to a potential employer. If the employer likes what they see, they will contact you for a face to face meeting. There are three basic formats you should use as guidelines for writing different types of resumes. This information changes geographically and varies according to the person and the profession.

Resume Variations

Today not only should you try and write your resume to target a specific job, but you must also take into consideration that there is a chance your resume will never be read by a human being.  Employers today are using optical scanners to scan your resume, and often the main criteria they look for is how many keywords each one contains. Another resume variation that is becoming more prevalent today is a resume that focuses on a specific project.

Resume Layout

The resume created by the job seeker needs to be unique. The organization of the resume can be adapted as necessary to emphasize the individual’s most outstanding characteristics. Remember, the resume is a reflection of the individual writing it; its purpose is to sell the product, you . There is no one layout that fits everyone. However, there are some standard resume categories.

Narrative Content

There are general guidelines regarding what and how information should be presented on your resume to ensure that you have the most effective resume possible.

The Words You Use

The words you use on your resume to describe yourself, your skills, and experience, can make the difference between a mediocre resume and a dynamic resume that will be certain to catch the recruiter's attention.

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Bullet 2 Resume Information Emphasizing You
Bullet 3 Resume Information Commonly Misspelled/Misused

General Information
that can be Listed on a Resume

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Bullet 4 Resume Information Have you helped increase sales? Profits? How? 
Describe in some detail.
Bullet 5 Resume Information Have you helped reduce costs? How? 
Describe in some detail.
Bullet 6 Resume Information How much money did you account for? 
Be specific.
Bullet 7 Resume Information How many people did you supervise on your last 
job? Be specific.
Bullet 8 Resume Information Do you like working with figures more than words? 
Be honest but positive.

Resume Critique List

To ensure that your resume measures up to the highest standards possible, review the Resume Critique List of do's and don'ts to achieve that perfect resume.

What is the Last Step in Resume Preparation?

Have someone check your resume once you think it is ready. Have them look for:

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Bullet 9 Resume Information your correct mailing address 
Bullet 10 Resume Information your email address
Bullet 11 Resume Information phone and/or cellular number(s)
Bullet 12 Resume Information spelling errors
Bullet 13 Resume Information consistency
Bullet 14 Resume Information grammar errors
Bullet 15 Resume Information punctuation errors
Bullet 16 Resume Information spacing errors

Resume Examples

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Bullet 17 Resume Information Combination Resume (chronological and functional)
Bullet 18 Resume Information Sample of Functional resume (compare to 
chronological style)
Bullet 19 Resume Information Sample of Chronological resume (compare to 
functional style)
Bullet 20 Resume Information Various types of work experience 
(chronological resume)
Bullet 21 Resume Information Job seeker with work experience but lives one 
place and gets mail at another

You may find that it is in your best interest to show an employer not only where you get your mail but also where you actually live, if the addresses are different.

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Bullet 22 Resume Information Engineering Management (2 page example)
Bullet 23 Resume Information Financial Analyst (2 page example)
Bullet 24 Resume Information High School Student that has no work experience
Bullet 25 Resume Information High School Student with some work experience
Bullet 26 Resume Information Job Seeker with work experience operating heavy 
and driving trucks
Bullet 27 Resume Information Healthcare Program Director (2 page example)
Bullet 28 Resume Information Homemaker with limited work experience outside home
Bullet 29 Resume Information Homemaker with no work experience outside home
Bullet 30 Resume Information Information Technology/Networking Specialist  
     (had career change – 2 page example)
Bullet 31 Resume Information Management experience that has returned to 
school and changed careers
Bullet 34 Resume Information Recent Graduate
Bullet 36 Resume Information Some clerical work experience
Bullet 37 Resume Information Focus Resume (5 page example - governmental)

Cover Letters

A cover letter is usually the first thing the employer will see, it is your first chance to make a good impression. When you are conducting a job search, an effective cover letter with your resume leaves a positive impression with an employer. This, in turn, will help to distinguish you from other candidates.

Good luck with your resume!

RESUME DISCLAIMER: There is a lot of information available on resumes and resume writing. Our advice is to find a good book on resumes and learn the fundamentals of resume writing. Try to stay with the most current material you can; resume advice follows trends. The internet can supply you with a lot of free advice and information, but in most cases that information will be less detailed than a good guide. We have provided links to other sites we have found, that may be of interest to you, the job seeker. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training does not necessarily endorse nor recommend any of the organizations or products that may be found on these pages. These links are provided strictly as a resource for information that will hopefully be of use to you in your job search.