Put Your Best Foot Forward with Your Resume

Writing a resume or even updating one, can be a daunting task.   It’s something you have to do but few enjoy doing, right?

Remember that it should be your marketing or advertising piece. Just imagine the recruiter or human resource manager who has to narrow down a stack of 100 resumes (or more)  to a dozen or less  candidates to interview.  With so much reading to do,  you won’t have much time to draw them in. So, gone are the days, when an applicant could throw a resume together quickly and get an interview. With so much competition, without a doubt the most appealing and/or eye-catching resumes are going to be selected from the pile.

Luckily, there are lots of great resources to help you with tips on format, style, action verbs, and more.  Your local public has easy-to-use online tools that you can even access from home with a library card.  Here are the ones we have at Arapahoe Library District: Learning Express, Career Transitions and Optimal Resume,  from the most basic to the more sophisticated.  Each one is “wizard-driven” and all you have to do is input the content.  Not sure, whether to  use a chronological or functional format?  These resources will help you make that decision as well.

Don’t forget that the library still has books to be checked out with samples of resumes for different types of positions from engineering to nursing.  Of course, you can always type a resume yourself using wordprocessing software such as Microsoft Word.  Word has built-in or downloadable templates you can use.

So, goahead and ut your best foot forward. Let your askills and accomplishments and  shine.

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About suzanne kaller

Business Librarian at Arapahoe Library District in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Engaged in business outreach and general reference serv

Posted on January 26, 2010, in Jobs and Careers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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