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The Basics

Looking for a job is like working in FIELD SALES.

Think about it. You surf the internet, to find out if there are any job openings in companies around you. Afterward, you write a resume (sometimes with a cover letter for good measure) and send it to the ones you like. If all goes well, you get several interviews and, seeing as you breezed through the tough interview questions and impressed the recruiter, you land that job you want.

It's the same in SALES. You conduct market research to find out where a REQUIREMENT or DEMAND is for the product you're selling, send a brochure, go for a client call, negotiate.

And if you're good enough, you land a sale. YOU GET THE JOB.

But sometimes, its not just a matter of being qualified for the job. In sales, its not just a matter of whether the product you're selling is good enough for the customer's needs - its also impoertant HOW WELL you sell it.

In short, you have to be GOOD as well in selling yourself. You have to MAKE the recruiter SEE that you're exactly what the company needs.

After finding your job prospects (which is pretty easy enough), the next important step in building your BROCHURE.

Lets start with the basics. To make the whole process easier for you, we made a list of the essential parts of what a classic resume is, and how to initially hype up yourself on each one.

NAME AND ADDRESS. Your name should be the first thing recruiters see - make sure that it IS. It should ideally be centered, bold, and at the top of the first page. Whatever contact information you have should come next; make sure that it is up-to-date. But I guess you already knew that.

JOB OBJECTIVES. It should be a succinct. 1-2 short sentences will do. Be sure to indicate the job you are applying for and some long-term CAREER goals. Be specific. Be clear.

EDUCATION. The typical format is Degree and major first, minors (if any) second and your university / college last. Its useful to add any academic honors you've received, such as a Cum Laude, Valedictorian title or how many semesters you've made it to the Dean's / honor's list. Save the Special Mentions like "Best Grad Thesis" for the Academic Awards part.

WORK EXPERIENCE. Though most usually prioritize each working experience by date, sometimes its also good to prioritize by relevance. Emphasize duties and accomplishments relevant to the job you are applying for.

ACADEMIC AWARDS / EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. Now you can place your other special mentions, whether awarded by the school or by an outside organization. Place honors you garnered. For your extracurriculars, be sure to highlight positions in organizations where you held a leadership position, or led the execution or planning of a particular project. Work on this part of your resume well, especially if you just graduated from college.

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