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Job Search Tip: A Resume Guide

Put the most relevant information on the first page because employers often spend as little as 6 seconds reviewing a resume. That is why it’s important to tailor the resume to each job posting. Make sure to spell check, and then proofread it yourself, or have someone else do it. Try to keep it to 1 or 2 pages, with references on a third page if requested. It is best to keep the job title to the left and the dates lined up on the right. Using a common font style and size is actually a good idea (Calibri, Times New Roman or Arial, at 11 or 12 point size), and keep the style and size consistent with the cover letter. Consider creating a LinkedIn profile which allows you to connect with professionals locally and around the world, and to find out information about the company.

It is a good idea to begin your bulleted achievement statements with action verbs and create statements that demonstrate your skills rather than using listing descriptive adjectives (such as good communication skills) or job duties. Remember to keep your previous jobs in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest).  If you include references, have at least three who have agreed to be included, and can attest to your skills, abilities and work style. Be sure to bring a copy of your resume, and the list of references to the interview, especially if they have not been included on the resume. Once your resume is complete, provide a copy to each of your references.

This was based on an article by The University of Saskatchewan. Please check out the Job Search Program at YWCA here:

http://www.ywcasaskatoon.com/employment-learning/program-information/