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Entering or reentering the job market can be a daunting task.  Your resume should be designed to sell you!  Consider yourself a product and your resume is your brochure.  Why would a hiring manager be interested or want to buy you?  Does your resume have the "right" keywords to get you noticed?

If your resume does not stand, has questionable content or is not put together very well, it can be a deal breaker. The following are some ideas on how you can create and present a great resume for success at your next job interview.

While the job of your resume is to tell everything about you to the interviewer, it is your job to put together a resume that can provide all of that information in a short summarization. Your resume should never need to be more than one page in length. If it is, figure out which pieces of information are not essential and cut them from the final product.

Some people feel that they can impress the hiring staff by using specialty papers and fonts with their resume. Do not make this mistake. When human resource managers or shop owners make a decision about who to hire, they do so based on the qualifications of the applicants - not because they took extra effort in preparing their resumes. Your resume needs to be easy to read, it does not need to be pretty.

If you have a short employment history, you may feel compelled to list every single job you have ever had to make your resume appear more impressive. If you are applying for a specialized position, you need only include employment history information that relates to the position you are applying for, which lets the interviewer know that you have previous experience in the field for which you are applying.

The odds are pretty good that you are going to be typing out your resume on a computer, using some sort of word processing software. This software has spelling and grammar checks for a reason. Use it. Make sure that you have used the proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and have more than one person double check it after you have, just to be sure.

One popular mistake is to lie or embellish (this can get you fired even after they hire you) in one's resume. No, not all employers check to make sure that the employment and personal references for an applicant are accurate, but that is not the point. You do not want to start out your employment relationship with falsehoods, so do not pad your resume with things that you never did.

There is no need to attach a list of previous employer and personal references to your resume. Simply note in your resume that references are available upon request, and during your interview, you can offer to deliver copies of those to the interviewer if need be. This shows your willingness to share this information, but cuts down on waste in case the interviewer does not need it.

Your resume must match your skill set and what you will state in your first two minutes of any job interview when a hiring manager asks, "Tell me about yourself".  An interview coach can make sure your resume can get you noticed, matches your skill set and prepares you for the interview to make a lasting impression.  Being prepared will help make you more confident and a better candidate.  Good luck with you job search.

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