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1.    As a resume writer, it is critical that you write your resume to look very professional.

The first step to creating an outstanding and effective job application document is ensuring that it looks visually appealing. You want to make sure that the reader knows you are a mature and respectable individual, who will be an asset to their company or organization. The appearance of your resume and cover letter speak greatly about the person writing it. Use a crisp, appealing design that looks like its rightful place should be in an employer or hiring manager’s hand. Ask, “Just by looking at these documents, would I hire myself?”

2.    Content needs to be relevant and contain keywords and accomplishments.

Everything you write in your resume and cover letter must also sound professional. Use appropriate words and phrases and avoid ambiguous words such as “thing(s)”. If you are uncertain how to express yourself, ask someone else for his or her opinion or try completely rewriting the sentence or paragraph until you get it right. If you are applying for a management position, you must make your document sounds as though a manager is the one writing it and applying for the position.

3.    Resume writing is often difficult for many because they need themselves to stand out.

Do not use the regular old Microsoft Word Resume Template! Many people get caught in this trap. Yes, it may contain a good basic outline to start with, but if every person uses the same template, then no one will stand out above the crowd, including you. There is nothing wrong with using a template, but find an uncommon (yet correct) one and make it your own. Play with the font, borders, spacing, etc to make it eye-catching.

4.    Make sure your VALUE is communicated.

Even though it may seem like you are selling your resume and cover letter first, you are actually selling yourself first and foremost. Even though your resume must look and sound appealing, you need to make sure that you come across as a desirable candidate. While concentrating on developing an appealing design, ensure that you include all pertinent information, for instance education, credentials, work experience, professional development, etc. Assess the company’s job advertisement, if available, and make certain that you have touched on all required qualifications in your cover letter.

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Choosing a Resume FormatA resume format and a resume template are different. Below is a brief description of four different type of formats commonly used by job seekers.

A chronological resume in which the information is organized by dates-the most recent position first, working backwards 10-15 years. This stresses positions you held and companies where you worked. Recruiters and hiring managers tend to like this resume format because it’s easy to read and demonstrates job seekers’ continuous career growth. This format is used when the individual has steady advancement, no employment gaps and is applying for the same line of work.

A functional resume is

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