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There are three main reasons for a resume:
A well-written resume will produce results. Individuals often spend a considerable amount of time focusing on what needs to be in the resume rather than how it is written. Both are equally important.
When preparing your resume, make sure it’s SHARP:
Succinct: The writing in your resume should be concise, succinct, and to the point. Use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation in your writing.
Honest: You resume needs to be factually accurate, including dates of employment, education completed, job titles, and skills possessed.
Attractive: Your resume should be visually appealing to the eye. Make sure it is neat, organized, and consistent. Ensure you use enough “white space” by setting your margins at .5" or greater and providing ample space between sections.
Right: A resume should reflect who you are and your professional experiences. This does not mean it should be laden with unnecessary graphics or inappropriate personal information; it means you should feel comfortable using it to represent yourself as a candidate.
Pertinent: Your resume and the way it is organized should be relevant to the position. For example, you may need to make adjustments to your resume when applying for a position as an accountant versus a position as a project manager.
In preparing your resume, include the components listed below. If you need help in developing your resume, you can contact a member of the UHR Employment staff at 848-932-3020.
Preparing Electronic Versions of Your Resume
More and more employers are using online applications and tracking systems for employment. This means that it is not enough to just prepare your resume and make sure it’s SHARP. You need to make sure it is easy to upload onto a web-based system and easy to download for the employer.
In preparing your resume for electronic use, keep the following in mind:
When you submit your resume for a position, you will want to have a cover letter accompany it. A well-crafted cover letter may make the difference between getting a job interview and having your application ignored, so it makes sense to take the time to write a thoughtful cover letter for each application.
There are three main purposes of a cover letter:
A cover letter should complement, not duplicate, your resume. The goal of the cover letter is to clarify and interpret the facts of the resume and to highlight experiences and competencies that relate to the position for which you are applying. A cover letter is often your initial written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression.
There are some important things to keep in mind:
At some point during your job search, a potential employer will request professional references. It is important to be prepared to provide a list of references who can speak to the skills and qualifications that you have for the job for which you are applying. A prospective employer should ask your permission before contacting any of your references. It is acceptable to say that you are not comfortable with your current employer being contacted at the present time. Have a list of alternative references available.
There are some things to consider: