Resume Building 101

A resume is a brief, informative summary of  your abilities, education, and experience. It should  highlight your  strongest assets and skills relevant to the job for which you are applying, and differentiate you from other candidates seeking similar positions.  Although it alone will not get you a  job or internship, a good resume is an important element toward obtaining an interview. Tailor your  resume  to  the  type of  position you are seeking. This does not mean that   all of your  experience  must relate directly, but  your resume should  reflect the kind of skills the employer would value.
• Specific rather than general
• Active rather than passive
• Written to express not impress
• Articulate rather than “flowery”
• Fact -based (quantify and qualify)
• Written for people who scan quickly

  1. Spelling and grammar errors
  2. Missing email and phone information
  3. Using passive language instead of “action” words
  4. Not well organized, concise, or easy to skim
  5. Not tailored to the position or industry

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