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Revise Your Resume and Get Results 
 
by J.A. Luongo August 18, 2005

Relevant Experience

Job experience is generally more important than education. So, this section should go after your profile. Even if you’re straight out of school, if you’re had an internship, list this before your education. However, the operative word here is relevant experience. Don’t clutter your resume with details of all of the jobs you’ve ever had. Discriminate. You can mention other jobs later in your resume under the heading "Work History," to accurately portray your work life without making it difficult for the hiring manager to know why you've applied.

Highlighting the relevant experience first allows you to control how the hiring manager sees you. If you’ve only had one job that relates to the field you are interested in, make the most of that experience. List the job, the city, and the dates you had that job. Then, in bullet points under the heading list your accomplishments at that job. Focus on what you did for the company first. Brag. After that, list your job duties. Eventually, as your resume grows, you can cut out the job duties. Until then, make the most of the one job you have in your field.

Bullet Points

Use sentence fragments for your bullet points. It saves space letting you say more with less clutter. Begin each bullet point with an active verb, such as "organized, sold, bought, ordered, oversaw, or managed." Use the past tense for jobs that you are no longer doing, and use the present tense for the bullet points under your current job.

Education

List your college, location, degree earned and year you graduated. No one needs to know that you went for 9 years or that you failed Geometry. Also,  no one needs to know where you wnet to high school. If applicable, in bullet points under your education, list any academic achievements or relevant course work.

If you have specialized training, list that under your education. Continuing education shows dedication to the field. So, if you’ve taken time to remain current with your job skills, let hiring managers know.

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