Top 10 resume tips

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Write your resume in your own words.

Write your own resume and have a number of different versions for different positions you may be applying for.

Put your best foot forward.

People remember what they see first and last, so place your least important information in the middle. Have an objective or a key word summary at the beginning and end your document with strong content - such as your educational background.

Tell war stories.

Make a list of all the work or volunteer experiences you have had that support your candidacy for the job. Select the best ones and write them so that they show what Problems you've solved, Actions you've taken to do this, and the bottom line Results you've achieved. For example:
Managed the design, equipment selection, installation, and start-up of a four-aisle, man-aboard storage and order-picking system 35 feet high and 120 feet long, handling 6,000 items. Project was completed on time within the $400,000 budget.

Use resume etiquette.

The word resume does not belong any place on the document. Never use "I" to start out a sentence. The language of your resume should be specific, clear, succinct, positive, and exciting. Make it easy for someone to contact you.

Know what format to use

The two most commonly used and accepted resume formats are the chronological and the functional.

Tell the truth

Tell the truth about your education, work experience and your key achievements.

Know your audience

Your resume and every interaction in your job search should answer the question to the employer - "Why should I hire you?

Get some objective feedback

Have others who have not worked as closely with the resume as you have read it and check for accuracy and typographical errors.

Know your vocabulary

Action verbs are the foundation of good writing. Use them liberally throughout your resume to communicate your accomplishments: Developed, streamlined, pioneered, implemented, produced etc.

Your resume is only the start

Remember that your resume is only one element of your job search strategy. It's important and needs to get you in the door, yet cover letters, email fax and telephone interactions will extend your conversation with prospecting employers and further evidence of your ability to do the job.