When you’re ready to apply for a position, your resume is going to be one of the most important weapons in your arsenal.

It establishes your credibility with a hiring manager and, when they’re only spending a few seconds on each, a well-organized, powerful resume is more likely to make the cut.

In general, you’ll want to customize your resume for each position. If it’s targeted to the company, it shows that you’ve done your research on the industry and the organization’s strengths.

For example, you might browse their corporate mission and vision to incorporate key words into your resume. Use the job posting to incorporate skills they seek, too.




Consider your resume to be your primary way of marketing yourself.

It is not a complete record of every job or leadership position you’ve ever held. You will have to make cuts at some point, so be judicious in selecting the right elements for the position to which you are applying.

Your resume, especially as a student or recent graduate, should be no more than one full page. Longer resumes are for more accomplished professionals who usually write a curriculum vitae instead.

Spend time on the aesthetics of your resume. Use one or two fonts and keep the body text between 10 and 12 points. Be consistent in your use of bold and italic text and make sure that the text aligns. The resume should look balanced.

Proofread every element. You don’t want a single misplaced comma or missing period. A hiring employer will notice, and if you have more than a typo or two, your resume will most likely be destined for the recycling bin. Once you’ve proofread, ask two or three friends or family members to check it over, too.



As a job-seeker, you will need to put together a list of job references.

These should be individuals who can validate your work ethic, character, education, accomplishments and job skills. Job references are never included on your resume, but are written down on a separate document.

The key to choosing your references is to think strategically. You want someone who will speak positive about you, but who is also somewhat established in their profession, so that their opinion holds weight.

Before listing anyone, however, make sure that you ask their permission first. Be sure to follow-up and thank them.

Letters of Recommendation For most jobs, you are not required to provide letters of recommendation from past supervisors. This is a voluntary option that some applicants choose to do in order to set themselves apart from other applicants.

Unless specified in the job posting, assembling letters of recommendation is a matter of personal preference. Some employers appreciate reading these, while other employers would rather to see only your list of references so they can speak directly to your contacts.

The benefit in asking supervisors to write letters of recommendation is that you will always have these on hand. You can decide on a case-by-case basis if and when you want to include these in your job application package.


Social media provides opportunities for you to showcase your resume online, which allows for job recruiters to see your work experience and contact you for an interview.

Stay updated on advances being made and new IT tools that become available by researching social networking sites to see the latest products launched.

One of the leading professional networking sites is LinkedIn, you can post your resume profile and also build your network of connections.

By maintaining a strong written overview of your fitness for a position, prospective employers are more likely to invite you for an interview.

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