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Your Resume and You

resume, eh?

The idea for this story really took shape while researching a different article. I found myself wading through dozens of articles, all contradicting one another, on the art writing a resume. The do's, the don'ts, the professionals, the services, the books…overwhelming is an understatement!

Now that I've read more than my share on the subject of resumes I have come to a conclusion; keep it simple, clear and honest.

Start with the basics by telling the reader who you are. You need to give your name, address, phone number and email address. Note: If you want to be taken seriously, may not be the email address for the "I want this job" you.

Your objective represents what you hope to achieve with your resume.
Example objective would be "To secure a position where I can utilize and expand my skills and experience."

Summary of Qualifications: this is a four to six sentence overview of your experience, talents, education, skills and habits that communicate to your prospective employer why they need to speak with you to fill their personnel needs.

Choosing the right resume style for you is key. Career coach Robin Ryan suggests that first time resume writers, who may be limited in actual work experience, should divide their resume into these categories: work experience, academic experience, community service and extracurricular activities.

Kate Lorenz, writer for, advises that you include your academic and volunteer experiences. The skills learned managing projects and group activities are valuable and give the reader more insight into what you have to offer as an employee.

In short, keep it simple and honest. Go to the library and choose a book geared towards the industry in which you're interested and begin. Follow a style you're comfortable with. Don't be afraid to change it if you're not getting results.