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Video:Top 5 Features of a Complete Resume

with Nick Jaynes

Want to learn about the top features of a complete resume so that you get one step closer to scoring an interview? Here, learn all about complete resumes.See Transcript

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Transcript:Top 5 Features of a Complete Resume

Hi I'm Nick Jaynes for About.com and this is what are the top 5 elements that make a resume complete.

Features of a Complete Resume

Your resume is very important. It is the first impression you make on a potential employer. Writing a resume isn't necessarily the easiest thing to do and there are a lot of mistakes you can make. You want to go over your resume thoroughly to ensure that it is correct and fully complete. Here are 5 things you can look for to make sure your resume is complete.

The Top 5 Features of a Complete Resume

Number 1 – Make sure you highlight all your accomplishments. A hiring manager wants to know how you will benefit their company. You need to make sure you identify why you were an asset in your last position. Don't just make a list of your duties. Make sure to add in what you excelled at and what differences you made.

Number 2 – Do not include irrelevant or incorrect information. Make sure to not include positions or skills that have no relevance to the job you are applying for. It sounds silly but proofread your resume to make sure there are no mistakes or outdated contact information. Misspellings or grammatical errors will get your resume thrown into the circular file very quickly.

Number 3 – Make sure nothing is embellished on your resume. Some people think that embellishing or lying will get you the job but the bottom line is if you lie you will be found out eventually. Employers do a lot of digging to make sure that everything on your resume is true. They call references and past employers to ensure everything you told them is correct. Lying about any of it will keep you in the unemployed line.

Number 4 – Proper Format. All complete resumes have a proper format and are easy to read. There are a few formats you can choose from so make sure you pick the one that is best suited for you and the job you are applying for. The biggest thing to remember is that your resume should be organized and easy to read. It's very simple. If a hiring manager has a hard time reading it, he will throw it out and move onto the next one.

Number 5 – Keep it to one page. There is always a constant debate on how long your resume should be. The most common school of thought is that your resume should be on one page and this is typically true. Employers don't want to shuffle papers around; they want to have a cover letter and your one page resume. A detailed and organized person should be able to fit everything onto one page. Hopefully these tips will help you when you write your resume.

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