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3 Simple Resume Tips

Susan Ireland, resume coach and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume has three simple easy tips to help you get started with your resume writing.

1. Your resume is about your future. It's not about your past. I know that on your resume you're gonna put your work history, which is about your past, however when you talk about those experiences at those previous jobs, you're going to focus on the tasks, the responsibilities, the skills, the experience, the knowledge that you gained from those experiences, and you're going to concentrate on them as they support your job objective. Your job objective is your future. So you're going to pick and choose the experiences from your past and present them on your resume in a way that paints the picture of you at your future. That's why your resume is about your future, not your past.

2. Your resume is not a confessional. That means that you don't have to tell everything from day one. Just start from the point where you have relevant experience and which gives you the amount of experience, meaning your age, to do the job that you have in mind with your job objective, and then proceed to, picking and choosing again, the specifics that will support your job objective and make you the best candidate for the job. There may be times when you decide to leave some info off if it, let's say, makes you look overqualified, or if it makes it look like you were doing something that's not in line with your new job objective. So pick and choose carefully so that you create a good marketing piece for your next job.

3. Write about achievements. Don't write boring job descriptions, but rather, write about achievements. How did you make a difference to the employer, to the bottom line, to your coworkers and colleagues and the customers. So write about the things that you did and quantify whatever possible with your achievements, and make your resume seem like a thread of achievement that's going from your past into your future.

And remember, it's all about your future.

You can learn more about Susan on her website: SusanIreland.com, and follow her on Twitter: @SusanIreland.


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