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Writing a Resume
A resume is important because it allows potential employers to have a quick idea about your education, skills, and experience. Resumes should not be longer than one page unless you have been working for several years and accumulated a greater work experience. It is known that potential employers do not spend longer than 15 seconds reviewing your resume.
Resources from the Dedham Public Library
Suggestions for Drafting a Resume
- If possible, tailor your resume content to each position you apply to
- Break your resume into practical sections such as education, work experience, technical skills
- Use bullet points to describe your accomplishments
- Begin your bullet points with action verbs in the present tense for your current job and in the past tense for past jobs
- Use templates carefully
- Follow the employer's instructions about submission guidelines
- Include your name in the file name so that it is easily recognizable by the prospective employer
- If applicable, include a link to your LinkedIn profile