Good advice, in general, however there are other things to consider when doing a resume in the current century.
Most employers require the resume to be sent electronically. This isn't to save a tree, or for convenience. They run them through an automated program
to filter out the candidates they will actually have a PERSON contact. Sounds a bit big brother, but it's absolute fact.
Now, more than ever, you have to tailor your resume differently for EACH job you apply for.
See, what happens is, the software compares the resume against certain keywords. These keywords are routinely mentioned in the job posting, and
include what they are looking for. Resumes that get a lot of "hits" on these keywords get pushed to the top of the list, and have the best chance of
not going in the virtual trash can.
So, in both your cover letter and in your experience and schooling areas, you HAVE to mention the exact keywords you see in the job listing, to have a
chance at yours being selected. The more hits, the better your chance at having an actual person look at your resume. If you doubt this, I'd be happy
to find some links, but nothing a quick Google won't confirm for you.
Nicely done! It makes me realize how bad mine is....And why I dont have a job yet I guess. It's difficult for me because im only 20 and lack
the professional expierence and long term education many employers like to see on a résumé. That is the meat of your résumé.
USE the KEYWORDS (in the following, substitute an actual keyword from the listing for KEYWORD). Even if you only put "familiar with KEYWORD" or
"interested in working more with KEYWORD" etc., etc., the fact that it's in will help you get looked at. Also, use your cover letter to SELL yourself
to the employer. Just because you haven't fully done the things in the keywords doesn't mean you can't creatively incorporate them into your
And, if I haven't emphasized it enough...keywords, keywords, keywords....
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