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Resumes That Work

by Judith Lindenberger

If you are looking for a job, writing a resume is one of the first steps you need to take. The goal of a resume is to get you in the door with prospective employers. And, you have about 30 seconds to grab the reader's attention. Here are some tricks of the trade for writing a winning resume.

1. Include an objective statement at the top of your resume, which states your employment goal, types of organizations you have experience working for, and lists several strengths. For example: Results-oriented sales executive with 15 years experience in the oil and chemical industry. Strengths include managing amidst economic uncertainty, building diverse teams, and increasing profitability.

2. Tell not only what you did but how well. For example: Created a new sales program, which resulted in a 25% in sales annually for 3 consecutive years.

3. Use action verbs like analyzed, created, developed, initiated, led, or researched. Imagine someone reading your resume quickly and think about the impression the words you choose will have on him or her.

4. You can add information about your education, accomplishments, special knowledge, or honors at the beginning or end of the resume. If it is recent or impressive, place it at the beginning; otherwise, it goes at the end of the resume.

5. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address so that an employer can get in touch with you easily.

6. Put your name and page number on each page (in case pages get misplaced or out of order). Try to limit your resume to no more than two pages.

7. Make sure your resume is spell checked and that there are no grammatical errors.

8. Do not include a photograph or personal information.

9. Be honest about dates of employment and job titles.

10. Get feedback from several sources about how attractive and easy to read your resume is.

Judith Lindenberger MBA has a distinguished career in human resources consulting and is recognized for her innovation and excellence. The Lindenberger Group, LLC provides results-oriented human resources consulting, organization development, customized training workshops and personal career training to help individuals and organizations improve their productivity and performance. Contact them at 609.730.1049 or or

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