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The single most important function of your resume is to generate an interview by "selling" your qualifications, including your abilities, accomplishments, and potential, as a job candidate. The most challenging part is that it has to be done in about 6-15 seconds, the average time devoted to the first reading of most resumes. Therefore, like any good advertisement, your resume must focus the reader's attention immediately on your most valuable skills and qualifications.

The first step in writing a good resume is to examine yourself, the "product," to determine what you have to offer as an employee, considering your unique combination of educational and work background. As the "consumer," the employer is looking for someone to fill a particular need in his/her organization, and it is your task to determine what the employer is looking for and show how your qualifications are a good match.

There isn't one perfect way to write or format a resume. You need to determine which format is right for your particular situation. You may even want to develop several resumes if you are considering several different career options.

To help you get started, check out our Resume Handout, list of Action Verbs, and Developing a Competency-Based Resume. Also, browse the following MS Word samples:

/ Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development is located on the corner of S. Grove and
W. Home streets near the Campus Center and behind "The Rock."

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Walk-In Hours
M-F: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ryan Brechbill, Executive Director
e/ rbrechbill@otterbein.edu

Taylor Lowry, Assistant Director
e/ tsutton@otterbein.edu

Meagan Toohey, Career Advisor
e/ toohey1@otterbein.edu

Sara Yinger, Administrative Assistant
e/ syinger@otterbein.edu

p/ 614.823.1456
f/ 614.823.3052

Center for Career & Professional Development
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081


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