Your resume is often the only picture a recruiter has of you, your abilities and your accomplishments. Studies show that resumes receive about 20 seconds of a recruiter's time. To create an effective resume, consider the following steps:

Gather Information to Create Your Resume 

Download Resume Worksheets to organize your information

Choose a Resume Format

Chronological Resume: Lists your work experience starting with the most recent position and working backwards.

Functional Resume: Grouping and categorizing your experience to help employers see your less obvious skills 

Combination Resume: Reverse chronological but use groupings with that format

Download Reverse Chronological Resume Example

Other Resources to Create Your Resume

Questions You Should Ask Yourself As You Prepare Your Resume

Power Words to Use in Your Resume

How to Create an Electronic Resume

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