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4 Steps to Creating a Successful First Resume

Writing your first resume can be a nerve-racking experience because so much of the process feels foreign. Youíre not sure what the companies youíre hoping will hire you are looking foróand you may not be sure what message you even want to deliver to them.

If you feel nervous about your first resume, donít worry. As with anything else you want to become skilled at, practice makes perfect. Of course, it helps if you have a few tips to help you get started. Letís take a look at four steps to help you create a successful resume on your first try.

1. Know Who You Are Writing For

The first step is to learn who youíre writing your resume for. You may have been under the impression that you can create a one-size-fits-all resume that can be shipped off to multiple employers, but this is not the best approach.

Instead, you want to research each company youíre applying with, determine what each one is looking for in the positions theyíre offering, then provide them with details about your professional history that fall directly in line with what they want.

2. Write a Branding Statement

As a newcomer to your field, itís important to create a branding statement that helps to separate you from your competition. Because youíre new, you may not have a lot of background to incorporate, but this doesnít mean you canít create a successful branding statement.

Administrative Assistant with 2 years of experience developing filing systems, managing internal and external communications, coordinating business meetings between company executives and business clients, and managing itineraries for top executives.

Once youíve created the statement, position it somewhere near the top of your resume underneath your name and contact information.

3. Incorporate Relevant Education and Training

If youíre working on your first resume, thereís a good possibility that you donít have an extensive work history. If this is the case, then itís important to show that you have been trained otherwise to work in your field. Be sure to add relevant coursework, certifications, or training classes that prove you know your stuff. Also, if youíve completed professional projects that have prepared you for a career in your field, detail what they were in order to provide yourself with an edge.

4. Add Testimonials

Some job seekers are taking a new approach to resume writing by adding testimonials. Testimonials are different from references; they strongly mirror product testimonials companies use to prove theyíre worthy of purchase. In your case, youíre the product and the people offering testimonials are attesting to your capability to excel in the position you want. Adding two or three should be sufficient in driving the point home.

As you take time to create your own resume, itís good to incorporate these steps to give your document more depth. The more effort you offer when writing your resume, the greater your chances are of being called in for an interview.

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 2012 07:21:48 by jhernandez

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