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8 Steps to Writing a Winning Resume

June 4, 2017

8 Steps to Writing a Winning Resume

Writing a resume can be challenging when you have been working at the same place for a while and are now looking for a new position. You don't know where to start, what to put on it, and more questions are going through your mind.  Take a few deeps breaths and read on.

 

Below are the 8 Steps to Writing a Winning Resume to guide you through this search for a new career.

 

The top of the resume should have your contact information. This information would include:

  •  

    • Name

    • Home Phone Number

    • Cell Phone Number

    • Address with City, State, Zip Code

    • Email

  1. There should be an objective line.  It should be simple, yet a statement about you.  For example, instead of writing, "To obtain a sales representative position." You could write, "Self-motivated and experienced sales representative seeking an opportunity."
     

  2. Next, you want to write a paragraph summing up your experiences and establishments.  This should just be a paragraph.
     

  3. Next, you want to enter your previous employer information, starting with the most recent. Explaining what you did in your previous companies may be a challenge.  Most people will just write what they did, but most employers know what the position is about, so what you should do is write about your establishments at that position. For instance, instead of "sold services to customers" you should write "increased sales by 40%."  Try to write your resume without using I and me.  For example, instead of writing, "I won the top sales representative award for the past three years" you could write "Won top sales representative award for the past three years."

    The information you would want here are:

    A. Start and End date, in month/year format      
    B. Company name      
    C. What the company does      
    D. City, State      
    E. Position      
    F. Establishments/Duties

     

  4. The next section should have your education information, such as:

    A. Name of school, Degree, Type of Degree, City and State of School 
    B. Training you received

     

  5. References don't need to be included, so you can just put "references
    available upon request."

     

  6. Do not put fancy artwork, pictures, or personal information related to EEOC on your resume, such as: marital status, sex, ethnicity, etc.
     

  7. You should write a cover letter.

Good luck on your path to a new beginning!

 

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