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How to write a resume for landing your dream job

The resume is first impression employers have of a potential employee. One must be sure that their resume is well written, with the correct grammar. With the large number of applicants that apply, you will not have much time to make the best impression. A bad resume can eliminate you right into the discard resume pile, before even having a chance to interview.

The resume gives the employer an almost complete history of who you are. This should always start with pertinent information, with the person’s name, address, email address, and contact number. This information is how the employer will contact you for an interview, so make sure it’s totally correct.

You should then add a career objective to the resume. If written well, a career objective will get the positive attention of the person in charge of hiring for the position. It should be a few sentences telling the employer what knowledge, skills, and abilities you have that will help the company meet its goals.

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Add work experience

You should include your relevant work experience and related knowledge.  List each job chronologically, while highlighting major duties and accomplishments you have had at each job. This information will by key to the prospective employer reviewing your resume.  Work experience will be one of the most important parts of your resume, and will be the key factor in getting a chance to interview for the position.

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Include educational background

After that, the resume should list your educational background. Some companies prefer someone with a degree in a certain field, a licensed professional to do the job or one who possesses a master’s degree. By showing one’s qualifications, it is a good indicator of the type of training one has completed in school and the accomplishments one has achieved in the course of one’s career.

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Describe your active life

The last section should provide miscellaneous details such as activities, interests, hobbies, special skills, and finally character references. Employers look at potential applicants who not only have the credentials for the job but also those who also those who are well rounded. Being active in a certain organization and be seen as a leader in a group shows one’s social skills with others.

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Try and give at least three solid character references

You may list your character references on a separate sheet, or just list “references upon request”, on the bottom of your resume. These references will prospective employers a person to contact who can help confirm your character and information portrayed on your resume.

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Be Comprehensive, yet Succinct

The prospective employer will likely be interested only in the skills and work experience that relates directly to the position they are trying to fill. Give them what they are looking for. Take a thorough account of your work history and skillset and choose to highlight what is relevant, and eliminate or downplay the items that are irrelevant.

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Be Unique. Be Specific

You must show employers why they should be interested in YOU over equally able and competent competing executives. Ensure that your resume highlights the factors that differentiate you from the pack and focus closely on your unique skills.

You are, no doubt, rightfully proud of your achievements as an executive and want to let potential employers know that they are getting an experienced, successful candidate. However, you need to be specific. Give real results and relate these achievements to the company and position you are applying for now. Show how what you have achieved in the past can benefit the potential employer in the future. If you can do that, yours will be a resume they come back to, for sure.

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Be An Expert

Most employers want to recruit executives who are already adept in their chosen field. They want to feel that they are hiring proven expertise. Your resume needs to show your expertise in your field. Focus on those areas of your career that do that instead of providing a laundry list of everything you have ever done. Don’t be afraid to show off your specialized knowledge and let potential employers know how this knowledge is going to benefit their bottom line.

Further information

There is no perfect resume, but you must put the effort in to develop the best one you can. It is a critical step one must pass before being called for that first interview.

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