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Samples of Resumes : Include a career or job objective if it's specific. If your objective is general, instead include a summary of skills and qualifications.

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Include a career or job objective if it's specific. If your objective is general, instead include a summary of skills and qualifications.

Include all work experience and education.

Include any strengths and accomplishments in your job descriptions.

Do not list salaries for any job.

Do not include personal information, such as date of birth, marital status, religion, ethnic group, height, weight or health.

Do not include names of supervisors or references. You may end your resume with the statement "References available on request," but this is optional and can be omitted if you have space concerns.

Do not use the word Resume on the top of the page.


At this point, you've gathered all the necessary information for your resume and rewritten it in language that will impress your potential employers. Your next step is to assemble the sections in a logical order and lay them out on the page neatly and attractively to achieve the desired effect - getting the interview.

The order of the elements in a resume makes a difference in its overall effect. Clearly, you would not want to bury your name and address somewhere in the middle of the resume or would you want to lead with a less important section such as special skills. Put the elements in an order that stresses your most important accomplishments and the things that will be most appealing to your potential employer. For example, if you are new to the workforce, you will want the reviewer to read about your education and life skills before any part-time jobs you may have held for short durations. On the other hand, if you have been gainfully employed for several years and currently hold an important position in your company, you should list your work accomplishments ahead of your educational information which has become less pertinent with time.

Certain things should always be included in your resume, but others are optional, as previously discussed. Your choice of optional sections depends on your own background and employment needs. Always use information that will put you in a favorable light -unless it's absolutely essential, avoid anything that will prompt the interviewer to ask questions about your weaknesses or something else that could be unflattering. Make sure your information is accurate and truthful. If your honors are impressive, include them in the resume. If your activities in school demonstrate talents that are necessary for the job you are seeking, allow space for a section on activities. If you are applying for a position that requires ornamental illustration, you may want to include border illustrations or graphics that demonstrate your talents in this area. If you are answering an advertisement for a job that requires certain physical traits, a photo of yourself might be appropriate. However, a person applying for a job as a computer programmer would not include a photo as part of his or her resume. Each resume is unique, just as each person is unique.

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