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How to create your own Resume - Tips and Ticks

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The below information and more can be found at https://www.careerforcemn.com/resumes 

Steps for Success

Regardless of what type of resume you choose to create, there are a few steps you can take to make your work on your resume more successful.

Prepare yourself:

  • Identify what kind of position you want to pursue and write your summary about why you would be a great fit
  • Gather all of your work, military and volunteer experience, and education information, including timeframes you were at each location, going back three or four positions or ten to 15 years (depending on how much experience is needed for the position)
  • Pull together your skills and accomplishments, then draft strong skills statementsto use on your resume

Start writing:

  • Find a quiet place with a computer to begin your work
  • Download an editable resume template if you are starting from scratch and see resume samples to inspire you
  • Use a font that is readable by application tracking systems, including Arial, Calibri, or Tahoma
  • Use 10 to 12 point font and keep your resume to one or two pages in length (if you don’t fill more than half the second page then pare it down to one page)

Finalize and target:

  • Ask a friend or family member to review it and let you know if it is clear and easy to understand
  • Proofread your resume, use spellcheck, and review for grammar errors
  • Make sure font style and formatting are consistent throughout your resume
  • Run through the resume checklist to make sure you haven’t missed anything
  • Finalize your core resume and then create versions targeted to specific openings in your area of interest
  • Optimize each targeted resume for applicant tracking system (ATS) review.

Use it:

  • Even if you are also completing an application, send the prospective employer your resume to help you stand out from other applicants
  • Share your resume with people you’ve identified as your references, so they know what qualifications you want them to emphasize
  • Bring it with you to networking opportunities and share it with those you meet
  • When you get an interview, bring enough copies of your resume for yourself and whoever is interviewing you (if it’s a panel, bring a copy for every interviewer)


Additional Resources:


Click here for the Department of Employment and Economic Development's guide on how to write a Resume
For individualized assistance in creating a resume from a CareerForce specialist at the location nearest you Click Here

A downloadable resume template is available here


How to create your own Resume - Tips and Ticks
Stephanie Alexander

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