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Writing A Resume

A resume is your first step to landing that crucial interview that will eventually mean a job, an internship, or even entry into a graduate/professional school. Though most colleges have their standard application forms where you have to fill in the relevant details, it is up to you to make it as interesting and informative as possible. It should speak clearly and convincingly about yourself and demonstrate your ability to communicate. While any resume contains basic items like your name, address, education, experience and even special interests, it is important to keep the finer points in mind.
When you list details of your experience, try to highlight the experiences that make your background or education special. Try using action verbs, for example, "administered", "coordinated", "implemented", "wrote", "taught" etc. Avoid using the words "I", "me", "my", "also", "feel", "because". Also remember that an inflated claim of your past responsibilities is guaranteed to come back to haunt you during the interview, so be honest when describing your past roles of employment. At the same time, emphasize roles that reveal your values, skills, leadership etc., even if they were at a minimal-level job.
Try and refine further what you have written. Look for ways that make your descriptions clearer and stronger. And never forget to proof-read, and have others proof-read as well, for a resume must in the end be grammatically correct. Typographical mistakes, misspellings, or even a smudge can negate your job hunt efforts in a hurry!
Lastly, make sure you send it to the right person : No matter how good the content of your resume, it will be ineffective if it doesn't get to the right person. Include a phone number where you can be reached during working hours, and your e-mail address if you have one. Some websites that offer valuable resume writing tips are www.provenresumes.com; http://www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html; ,www.freeresumetips.com and www.resume-place.com.

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