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Tips to Help Write an Awesome Resume

Weather you are changing jobs or looking to start your career you will you most probably be entering into a field full of cut throat competition. Hiring managers have stacks of resumes, portfolios and idea pitches on their desk. So how do you make yours stand out from the crowd? Following are a few tips on how you can do just that:

The physical presentation of your resume is the first thing you need to perfect. If your resume has uneven margins, crinkled paper or too much clutter, a recruiter is that much more likely to toss it aside. A sloppy resume says you are a sloppy person.

Organize based on experience
If you have relevant job experience, such as internships or entry level positions, put that prominently at the top. Otherwise highlight your education, degree(s) and skills learned.

Use relevant information
Part of being concise is deciding what should stay and what should go. Focus on the information that will help you get the job.

White space
Clutter is a resume killer. HR professionals have stacks of resumes to choose from, make yours clear, concise and easy to read.

Spelling & Grammar
Always use active verbs, a spell checker and consistency of style. Get your resume proofread before you submit.

Cover Letter
A personalized cover letter shows you care about the position and you have the brains to put together a couple of well written paragraphs. According to ‘The Society of Human Resources Management’, 76 percent of recruiters won’t even consider a resume without a cover letter.

Gaps in employment
You are a student so this should not be very hard to explain, but large spaces of unemployment can make uneasy. Be sure to explain anything odd looking.

Short job stints
A bunch of temporary jobs attract some red flags. Why have you changed so many jobs? Are you indecisive? Are employers not happy? Either group relevant jobs or leave out unnecessary positions.

When you submit your resume make sure the recruiter can clearly find any skills or qualities you have learned that can be transferred into this new position.

If you have any other tips please enter them as a comment below.

Thanks, Team

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