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Resume writing. All the latest hot tips.

There is a lot said about the value of a good resume. Handy hints to help you get the job done and many different styles of resume writing. The best way to write a good resume is to place yourself right into the mid of the employer. Before you create your resume, you have to figure out what it is that the employer is looking for. Don't make the mistake of assuming that a resume is about what you want out of a job. Human resources is an ever changing industry and the only way to get to the top of the pile of prospective resumes, is to give the employer exactly what they are looking for.

01 Presentation perfection: Your resumes should be presented in a style that is easy to read and well laid out. You might have the best information and be exactly what the employer is looking for, but if he or she has to struggle to find that information then you won't be getting a call. Make sure that your resume is presented in a font that is easy to read and compatible with most computer software. Save the fancy fonts for personal letters. Use the Arial, Calibri or Tahoma fonts in 10-point size to create a document that is easily read. Format your resume so that it is neatly laid out on the page and makes sure that you don't have any spelling errors or grammar glitches in the document; nothing spells out incompetence more than a simple spelling error. Get a friend or family member to read it for you before you send it.

02 Fully functional: This section must always be included in your resume. It can be very concise but it will give the potential employer the opportunity to review the skills that you are offering to them. This is a list of your most important attributes and will be used as the first point of reference when an employer is deciding whether to offer you an interview. Always write your function section to be in accord with what the employer is looking for. Don't list things that have nothing to do with the position you are applying for. They might be important to you, but you need to keep in mind what the employer wants.

03 Results report: This section will allow a potential employer to see what you have achieved and not merely what your responsibilities were. There is no point is merely saying that you were responsible for certain duties. An employer wants to know what results you achieved in your position. List these in an easy to read format to ensure that any employer knows that you are effective, results driven and goal oriented. You must show how you added value to the company that you are currently employed by. In the stagnant economy of today, you will have to prove that you are a mile ahead of your competitors and that is always results driven, not activity driven.

04 Mission madness: Many people have got into the habit of writing a summary of what makes them tick, and as exciting as you make it, it will have no impact on a potential employer if you don't change that around and make it all about you have to offer. A new employer does not want to know what you would like to achieve in life. They want to know in a few words as possible what you can do for them.

Writing a resume is much like creating an advertising and marketing campaign. You are the product, so you should have a campaign that sparks interest in your reader, engages them and most importantly makes then want to find out more about you. If you cover all these bases and follow the handy hints, you'll have a much higher chance of being offered a job interview, where you can really sell yourself.