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Landing a New Job in the New Year:
Resume Tips

Job hunting can be challenging and your resume may be a potential employer's first and only impression of you. Your resume allows you to highlight your skills, accomplishments, education and goals. Most importantly, it shows employers why they should choose to interview you. The resume tips below, from the 2006-2007 Missouri Career Guide, will help you get started.

RESUME TIPS 
You should use a resume because: 

   - It introduces you to the employer and creates the first impression. 
   - It helps set you apart form the crowd in the interview screening process. 
   - It jump-starts the process of selling you to prospective employers. 
   - It summarizes your qualifications and experience.

Thing to keep in mind when creating a resume on-line: 

   - Have your personal information organized before you begin entering data.
   - Review your electronic resume for spelling errors or incorrect entries.
   - If you are using a personal computer in a resource room of a one-stop career center, a public school or public library, there will be someone there to assist you with questions.

What information to include: 

Personal Data: Include your name, permanent and present addresses, phone numbers and e-mail address. 

Education and Training: List most recent schools and training. College graduates should list the degree, major and minor areas of study. 

Work Experience: Cite experience relevant to the job you are seeking. 

School or Community Activities: Include leadership positions you have held. 

References: The preferred method is to list your references' name, titles, addresses and phone numbers on the resume, cover letter or on a separate sheet. Don't say "Available on Request." 

Miscellaneous: Include information such as military service, special skills or knowledge, or membership in professional organizations.

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