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Resume Writing 101

Resumes are an important tool when seeking a new job. Your resume is often times the determining factor for an interview. Check out a few tips we have when creating a resume!

1. Include your name and contact information at the top of your resume.

This is some of the most important information for your potential employer. It is important for this information to stand apart from the rest of the text. Your name can be the same font as the rest of your resume, but make it a larger size. Size 24-26 is good for most resumes. The rest of your resume’s font is recommended to be size 10.5-12.

Under your name, include contact information. Many employers like to see the following: City, State Zip, Phone Number, and Email Address.

2. Include a professional email address.

It is possible to create a free email on many different platforms these days. Often times, people decide to have fun when it comes to creating their email address. When it comes time to apply for jobs, it is a good idea to stay away from email address that are sassy, playful or unprofessional. Using your initials or name is often a safe option when creating an email.

3. Include your professional experience.

When creating a resume, it is important to include your professional experience as well as a short description of what the job entailed. Your descriptions should start with action verbs like, created, handled, delegated, or assisted.

4. Include your educational experience.

Educational experience should be included below work experience. This information can be kept simple; degree obtained or in progress, school name, location and graduation year.

If you are a recent graduate, your educational experience should come before your employment history.

5. Include a skills section.

The skills section is a great place to include a list of your soft skills and language skills. If you fluently speak more than one language, list it! A few ideas of potential soft skills that employers value are flexibility, drive, motivation, time management, and team work.

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