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  • A resume is your brag sheet, a document that summarizes your job experience and education.

  • The ultimate goal? To get you the interview.

  • Your resume should sizzle, not snore.

  • Tip one: Remember, looks matter.

  • Your resume must make a great first impression.

  • Use quality paper and make it easy to read; 11- or 12-point font keeps it reader-friendly.

  • Tip two: A resume is not your autobiography.

  • Save your life story for the 500-page novel and keep your resume brief.

  • Only highlight your key credentials. Employers are big fans of the one-page resume, but it is acceptable to have two pages.

  • Tip three: Make it easy to get in touch.

  • At the top, put your name in bold and in a bigger font, list your mailing address, email address, cell phone, and Skype.

  • Tip four: Keep it logical.

  • Organize your resume into three basic categories work experience, education, and skills and interests.

  • Under work experience, list your jobs chronologically or group them by job function.

  • Make sure you list your work experience in a way that makes you most attractive to a potential employer.

  • Tip five: Titles are key.

  • People do judge a book by its cover. You have around 5 seconds to make an impression.

  • Make sure your titles are descriptive enough to give the employer a good idea about what you've done.

  • Tip six: Be direct and correct.

  • Use bullet points, not lengthy paragraphs, to detail your experience.

  • Most people will only scan your resume, so your English, grammar, and punctuation must be absolutely flawless.

  • Have someone proofread your resume before it goes out.

  • Tip seven: Make it action-packed.

  • Powerful words convey a strong, talented person.

  • Use action verbs like initiated, directed, created, led, and generated in your work descriptions.

  • Don't use the same action verb twice.

  • Tip eight: Be honest with yourself.

  • Take a close look at your resume and ask, "Would I hire me?"

  • If the answer is "no" or "maybe," start over. If the answer is "yes," then you're good to go.

A resume is your brag sheet, a document that summarizes your job experience and education.

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