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Dear Sam: I’ve read several of your columns and was intrigued with your ability to improve a resume. After 12 years with my current company, I was informed that my position would be eliminated in January. I saw you have mentioned several times that many...

Steps to effectively enter the market

Dear Sam: I’ve read several of your columns and was intrigued with your ability to improve a resume. After 12 years with my current company, I was informed that my position would be eliminated in January. I saw you have mentioned several times that many...

Steps to effectively enter the market

Dear Sam: I’ve read several of your columns and was intrigued with your ability to improve a resume. After 12 years with my current company, I was informed that my position would be eliminated in January. I saw you have mentioned several times that many resumes you receive are outdated in format. Could you share what a best-practices resume format looks like? I want to get this correct the first time and get back in the workforce.
— Paul 

Dear Paul: Thank you for your readership; I would be happy to share more about the structure of a best practices-based resume, and I am sorry to hear of your impending layoff.

First, determine what direction you are going to take your career, as this plays an absolutely vital role in what direction you must take your resume. Without that key target, you will not know where to aim your resume and its content. 

Next, start writing down the basics. Think about your jobs not only in terms of what you did every day, but most importantly, what you did that added value to the company.

If you have access to past job descriptions, performance reviews or anything else to help jog your memory, now is the time to use those resources. Talk to current and past co-workers, both to build your job search network and to get any valuable information on what you did that added value to your employer. 

Once you have the basics drafted, carefully craft the content and design of your resume, which should be structured as follows:

Check out professional resume-writing websites for ideas on attractive formatting, and try to avoid overused Word templates available to the masses. The look of your resume says a lot about your candidacy, your attention to detail and your ability to create an engaging document.

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