How can I build a great resume?

Your resume is useful for college applications, after-school jobs, internships, professional employment and more. It’s important to get it perfect. Follow these steps to write a resume that stands out. And check out this resume tool that gives you step-by-step tips for crafting your resume.

Step 1: Gather information about yourself.

Consider your work experience, volunteer work, skills, accomplishments and education. Keep a running list, as you may use certain information on some resumes and other information on others.

Step 2: Research the job or internship you are applying for.

The posting should have information about what they are looking for. It’s important to know how your skills match their needs.

Step 3: Format your resume.

Be sure to include your contact information (your name, phone number, address and email are expected) and relevant information about your work history, skills and educational background.

Step 4: Proofread your resume.

It’s important to look professional and polished, and misspellings and grammatical errors are definite ways to get passed over for a job. Have a friend proofread, if possible, because a fresh set of eyes can often catch things you may have missed.

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