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HOW TO WRITE A GREAT RESUME

Qualifications

This first section explains your professional summary and your objective for the future. Some job seekers prefer to focus more on summarizing their work experience while others stick to their future goals. Remember that your resume is a tool to sell yourself to future employers. As so, combining both your past achievements and future goals is of utmost necessity.

We recommend you find a balance between your summary and future career goals that suits your own personality and career, clearly explaining not only what you are qualified to do, but also what you want to do.

*Experienced job seekers, especially those here on RegionUP with years of experience and high salaries, sometimes get caught up in the summarization part of their introductions. You can have all the experience in the world (and even tell the whole world!), but if you don’t clearly state your future goals, employers will only be able to guess.

Core Competencies

In this section you have a little freedom. You can describe experiences, skills, abilities, and other competencies of yours just the way you want. Remember, you are selling yourself, trying to find how you match with what an employer will pay for. It’s important to include some quantitative values - how you helped previous employers. However, avoid making it jam-packed with statistics. It needs to be convincing, easy to understand, and unique.

Professional Experience

We ask our members to complete their resume in reverse chronological order. This means that you start with your most recent professional experience first, listing your employer, position, and employment dates, then continue backwards from there. You should summarize each job briefly and accurately, concentrating on listing specific achievements and how you financially provided for the company. An excellent professional experience section will also show a clear pattern of promotions and added responsibilities and results.

Education

Many of our members have attended multiple educational institutions. Again, we ask that you list the most recent first, including date of your graduation and degree/diploma earned. This section may include universities, graduate universities, and special training or language programs. You do not need to list your secondary education.

Awards

Here you may list any company, community awards or achievements you have received. This is a great chance to set your resume apart from the rest, but please remember that if an achievement does not pertain to your future career, it likely will not help you get a job.

Languages / Certifications

Please list any specific language test results or other certifications you may have.

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