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Generally, your resume is the first contact you may have with a prospective employer. Therefore, you want a resume that does more than simply impart information about your personal history, and educational and professional qualifications and achievements. Strive for a resume that establishes a favorable image of your professionalism in the mind of the reader by emphasizing your areas of strength. Make your resume work for you.
There are several phases in creating an effective resume. First off, there is no magic number for the maximum number of pages considered ideal for an effective resume. However, it is generally accepted that a two-to-four page resume should communicate the essential background details necessary. Compile all potentially useful information and organize those items under appropriate categories. An acceptable format includes contact information, educational background, employment experience, professional affiliations and honors, publications, presentations and other activities, personal data, languages and a list of reference names and numbers. Be sure the information you choose clearly communicates a sense of professionalism and competence.
Select only the most pertinent information. Your resume needs to show clarity, consistency and in an organized format. Stay chronologically consistent, leave NO gaps in your employment history and distinguish between temporary, part-time and full time work. Your resume is your “endorsement” for an interview.
Finally - review and revise the document. As important as the information provided, your resume should be edited for proper grammar, correct spelling and appropriate punctuation. Dates should be in chronological order to further convey your professional image to the reader, use quality paper, ink, and equipment. Inferior materials or illegible photocopies say to the reader, "You are not important to me."
Please find the downloadable PDF Resume Samples at the top of this page.