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A resume is a snapshot of you, your education, and your job experience for an employer to look at and consider you as a possible employee. Your resume should be put together in an easy to read format and contain as much information about you without becoming too many pages long. Here are a few hints on how to craft your resume.

Always have your name at the top of the resume centered in large, bold print with your contact information just below in smaller, regular size print. Include your home address, home telephone, cellular number, and e-mail address. If you are able to receive calls at your present job, you may also want to include your business phone number on your resume.

Since your resume is what the employers see first, you will want it to be well-organized and professional looking. Print it on a thick paper rather than just regular copy paper. It is a good idea, too, to print it on colored paper as that alone may make your resume stand out over others in the pile since it is in color. When we say color, we mean a muted gray, perhaps a cream color or a light pastel. No hot pink or neon green for a resume - that is just garish!

Start each section of your resume with what will make the most difference in getting the job. Is your education what might put you over the top to get the job? Perhaps it is your previous job experience. The goal of your resume is to get you into that interviewer's office, so put your best foot forward and let your abilities speak with the most important part first.

Another thing that should be included on your resume is your participation in any social or community clubs or activities as well as any awards you have received over the years. If you served as a leader of a club or organization, include that on your resume as well.

Ideally, a resume should be a one page document, but often, that is not possible for people who have extensive job experience or education. Never have a resume that is over two pages, however. This is just a stepping stone to get you into personnel. You can tell the rest during a job interview.

Use a pleasing, easy to read font, but don't get too creative. You will want your future employer to look at you as a reliable, serious professional and your resume should reflect that. Above all, make sure there are no typographical errors or misspellings on the resume. Nothing screams unreliability than typos.

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