February 02, 2017
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Resume LengthFor the majority of professionals, a resume should be two pages total. However, if you have less than 10 years of experience, your resume should be about a page long.
Resume StructureAt the top of your resume, you should list your contact information. At the bottom, you should showcase your education.
Professional SummaryA Professional Summary summarizes your professional goals, experience, and strengths. Here are some things you should include in your Professional Summary: Job titles: Think about what types of jobs you would consider for your next role, then list 3-5 job titles you would accept. Don’t worry if you haven’t had this job in the past. The important part is to make sure it’s a logical next step for you in your career. Professional skills: After you’ve listed out the types of jobs you would accept, think about the skills you’d need to leverage in those jobs. List 4-6 relevant skills that you possess. However, don’t list skills that are obvious or assumed. Accomplishments: List 3-6 phrases that outline your past achievements.
Work HistoryIn your Work History, you should provide a chronological list of your professional experience, beginning with your most recent role. After you list the names of each company, dates of employment, and job titles for each role, use bullet points to distribute the following information:
- Your most recent/important job (8 bullet points)
- Your next job (8 bullet points)
- Your next two jobs (4 bullet points each)
- Everything else (10 bullet points total)
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