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Write a Resume that will get you a job

Your resume is the first step in the process of obtaining a job, and while it might seem like a small step, it can be one of the most important details that can secure you a job interview. There has been much written about how to create the perfect resume, but always remember that your resume is a personal snap shot of you, and as such, it is a very personal document. Remember that writing a resume does not guarantee you a job, but it allows the employer to gain insight into your and to offer you a job interview where you will be able to impress in person.

Your resume does not have to sell you. That part comes in the interview. Think of your resume as a marketing tool that is used to stimulate interest. If the employer grants you a job interview then you will be able to sell yourself then. You should write a resume that will spark the interest of the potential employer. These five tips will help you to write a resume that is strong and definitive and will help you secure a job interview:

01 Strengths first: Always list your strongest qualities and characteristics first. This may seem contrary to the advice given that you should keep your resume in a chronological order, but you should get your strongest qualities up there first, you don't want to have to force the employer to read three pages until he finds the information he is looking for. You have one chance to impress, so get the impressive information right up there.

02 Tailor made: If you really want to impress, then you might want to consider writing a resume for each potential employer. These days the requirements of most employers are specific and tailor-made for the company and the industry. So why don't you take the time to tailor make your resume to accurately reflect what the employer is looking for. It might take a bit more time but you'll be guaranteed of a better shot if you do.

03 Make your point: Make the point of your resume, succinct and on target. Don't use words that mean nothing and are just used to fill up space. In fact, many interviews have been granted on the strength of a short cover letter, so the more specific you are about your skills and attributes, the better. Being to the point has nothing to do with the length of the resume. Just cut out all the filler words and let the potential employer see a person who knows what their talking about and says it with style and confidence.

04 Personalize: Make sure that you have the correct details of the position you are applying for and always address your covering letter to a person. 'To whom it may concern' just does not cut it anymore. You should be aware that many companies use software to scan the hundreds and possibly thousands of resumes that they receive on a daily basis. Make sure that when you are writing a resume that you include the most important words that you have gleaned from the job description. If your resume does not provoke interest in the employer, by addressing his most basic questions, you're hardly likely to be granted a job interview.

05 Invest in a professional Resume: If you have the resources, you could consider investing in having your resume professionally written for you. It can be a basis for creating your own resume for future jobs. Don't let all of your education and skills training go to waste by having a poorly written resume. It isn't a huge investment, and you'll be able to see exactly how a professional resume should be written to get the most attention.