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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.

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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 

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