If you are applying for a job, odds are that you have a resume written. Before submitting it, however, it may be a good idea to take a second or third look at it. No two resumes will be the same, but there are some basic steps that each one should follow. When the time comes to write, rewrite, or edit your resume, try to keep these pointers, courtesy of Daniel Scocco at Daily Writing Tips, in mind:
1. Have someone else proofread your resume. Any piece of writing you're producing, whether it is an essay, article, or a resume will always benefit from another pair of eyes taking a look at it. Try as we might, we just can't pick up on every slip up in our writing. Getting a second or even third opinion can help immensely.
2. Tailor each resume specifically for the job you are applying for. Having just one generalized resume for every job application might reduce the amount of time you spend writing and editing, but it could reduce your chances of landing that interview. Each job application should have its own resume (and cover letter as well) that specifically addresses why you would be a good fit for that particular position.
3. Not all work experience is relevant or required. This one goes hand-in-hand with the second tip. For example, if you are applying for a job at a retail outlet, your resume should list any work experience you had relating to retail; there's no need to include that time you worked at a movie theater or a café.
4. Use the right keywords. Many companies now use digital databases for candidate searching, meaning that HR departments run search queries with certain keywords to find what they are looking for. Job descriptions and job ads are the best sources to find out which words suit your resume and make you show up on the company's radar.
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