Effective Resume Writing

Written by Adam Blau
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A discussion of effective resume writing introduces a number of contradictions. On the one hand, an applicant must get across as much pertinent information about him or herself as possible. On the other hand, though, the resume must be as concise and terse as space allows, ideally not exceeding one (or at most two) pages.

Striking a balance between these two seemingly opposing rules is at the heart of effective resume writing. By stating your experience and job objectives in as short of a space as possible, you allow a hiring manager or human resources department to learn a tremendous amount about you before they move on to the next resume. With a fair amount of skill and a dash of luck, your well-written resume will stand out from the herd of other resumes with which the manager has been inundated.

The Process of Effective Resume Writing

When plotting out your initial resume, it can be helpful to write down every achievement, job and educational experience you have ever had, no matter how large or small. This can be used as a palette, much like a painter uses. Once you have all of your assets in one place, it will likely be easier to choose which ones will effectively demonstrate your skills-particularly those skills which are relevant to the job at hand.

Once you have your palette complete and pared down to a precious few, it is important to organize them in an orderly form and reword them so that they appear as enticing as the format will allow. Effective resume writing uses a healthy dose of action verbs and descriptive adjectives, all to present you in the best light. Once you have refined your greatest accomplishments into a page's worth of gems, you will increase your chances of having a hiring manager select you for an interview.

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