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You must make it easy for them! The design of your resume must highlight the most important information about your work experience, skills and education.

Soon after graduation you’ll start the vigorous process of job hunting. Searching for potential job openings and finding one that you’ll enjoy can be a grueling process. One tool that can make life after graduation a little easier is a resume. A resume does more than just present a potential employer with your credentials. It will give them an idea of your experience level, commitment, work ethic, and a variety of other essentials that they look for. Just any resume won’t do. Instead, it must be thought through thoroughly, well organized, and well written. Take your time while developing your resume as it will pay off in the end, and is essential for creating a proper presentation of your self.

FORMAT Making sure that your resume is organized and formatted well is half the battle. Presentation is everything, and creating an organized method which potential employers can read over easily is vital to the initial impression of any interview. There are many different styles and formats that can be used. Find one that is suited to the type of job you may be interviewing for, and create it accordingly. Thus, if you are interviewing for a graphic design position you should have a more visually appealing creative layout then that of an accounting position. Try a variety of different styles when initially building your resume, and decide on one that will best represent you well while still remaining organized and to the point. Templates can be easily found and tweaked to perfection all across the Internet.

“Accomplishments say more than duties or responsibilities!”

THE ESSENTIALS: Although there are a variety of different formats that can be used for creating a resume after graduation, there are some essentials that every resume must include. These are: A Heading, Synopsis, Education, Career History, Responsibilities, and Accomplishments. The heading should present all of your contact information and good times to reach you. Synopsis is where you will list a few areas of knowledge that are specific to the particular job you are interviewing for. The education section will present the level of education you have received and degree’s that you have earned. Career history should be listed in chronological order and a majority of the information should be focused on the recent years of your career. Responsibilities should include every responsibility you carry and that is expected of you. Make sure to provide specific detailed information that shows your reliability and commitment to the team. Finally, the accomplishments section should show any and all accomplishments throughout your career. This gives potential employers an idea of what you’ve done for other companies, and what you’re capable of doing for them.

WRITING TO SELL: Remember that the main goal of developing a resume after graduation is to sell your skills to a particular company. Therefore, the writing of the resume must contain compelling content that helps the employer build a sense of confidence in your expertise.

Todd A. Davis

Todd A. Davis, Manager
ReliaQuest, LLC
Toll Free: (800) 925-2159 | Fax: (813) 321-1414
Email: tdavis@reliaquest.com
1413 S. Howard Avenue, Suite 206
Tampa, FL 33606

Todd A. Davis is a 2003 University of Florida Graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree in FRE with a specialization in management. He has 8 plus years of management and recruiting experience. Formerly the Director of Recruiting and Agency Development for Northwestern Mutual, Todd is now Manager at ReliaQuest, a National Search Firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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