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A single of the most typically created blunders in resume writing that several experts make is not taking the time to proofread the document prior to sending it to the possible employer. Whilst writing a resume is a time consuming approach, not reviewing your final document with fresh eyes may cause your resume to end up in a recycling bin. To assure that all your efforts are not wasted, make positive that you take the following three actions to assure your resume is in top shape just before it reaches your prospective employer.
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The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. As a consequence of varying PCV preferences, the list has been separated into three categories to differentiate the importance and availability of each item. This list is not all encompassing but it is a good starting place.  
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1. Proofread the content for grammar and spelling mistakes. This step is the most critical in the resume assessment process. It is usually hard to catch composition errors soon after you send hours writing and re-writing all parts of your resume. There are two approaches to catch these errors: ask a person else to proof your resume, or give oneself time amongst writing and reviewing your resume. If you ask a pal or a household member for aid, make certain that their strengths contain spelling and grammar they ought to be in a position to edit your resume for content material and consistency in style. Asking others to review your resume, however, need to be accomplished with parameters. For instance, let your buddy know what you are struggling with, so that they can aid you address these issues. Since private preferences can come into play when you are discussing resumes, make sure that the changes you make are the kind you are comfy with in terms of content material. One more step in proofreading, which should be thought of as a should, is stepping away from your resume for a day or two, and coming back to it for a final evaluation. This provides you some space from the content material, and will permit you to evaluation for grammar and spelling errors with fresh eyes.
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2. Print our and e-mail your resume so that you know what your prospective employer will receive soon after you submit your resume. Make positive to print your resume from the file that you are emailing to your employer. Make sure that the margins are set correctly and are not cutting off any content. Appear for spaces, and adjust the text in case of any massive gaps on the paper. E-mail your resume to a quantity of your buddies have them open the file and let you know how it seems on their screen, as properly as how it prints out. Addressing any formatting issues before your resume reaches the employer is perfect, so undertaking a couple of test runs will only help in building a winning final resume.
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===The Backpacker===
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three. Examine your resume to the job requirements, and make positive that all needs are addressed in either your resume or your cover letter. Essentially, overview what the employer is looking for and make positive that your resume addresses all of their wants. When your possible employer receives your resume, they will appear for crucial terms from their job description in order to match your qualifications to their obtainable position. If attainable, use some of the very same terminology on your resume as the employer utilised on the job description. This will let the employer know that you are in synch with their wants, and make them more interested in you as the best candidate for the job. Ask one particular of your pals to evaluation the job description and your resume as effectively, and give you their impression on how well the two match.
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A '''Backpacker''' can be described as a person who only packs the essentials that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list below are the items PCVs feel are the most important and cannot be easily found in Ghana.
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Poorly written or formatted resumes let your employer know that you dont spend any interest to detail. Taking the added time to do a final review of your resume is the key to getting employers consideration and obtaining the job you constantly wanted. [http://www.cprmycareer.com/ career services]
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'''Clothing'''
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You are forewarned that you will have to '''HAND WASH''' all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.
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Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.
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*cotton underwear
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*2 pairs of khaki pants (men)
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*2 lightweight knee-length skirts (women)
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*1 pair of knee-length short pants or capris
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*t-shirts
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:(See donated clothes comment above.)
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*1 long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or fleece
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:You will get cold at least one night, trust me!
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*1 business casual outfit and shoes
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:Because you will attend a dinner at the Ambassadors early in training.
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*sandals
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:A nice and durable pair.
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*running shoes
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:For the Prefontaines.
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*workout/exercise outfit or clothes
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:Quality gear is hard to find.
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*conservative swimsuit (women) or board shorts (men)
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:Beaches are nice and low-key.
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*a hat for the sun
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'''Toiletries'''
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*toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
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:Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.
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*deodorant
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:It is primarily found in the major cities so bring enough to last through the 10-week training.
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*camping towel
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*nail clippers
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*personal medicine
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'''Accessories'''
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*sunglasses
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*a backpack for a four- to seven-day trip
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*sturdy water bottle
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*multi-tool/knife
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:Leatherman's Skeletool is great but '''remember to not to pack it in your carry-on.'''
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*pics of family and friends (including the 4-legged ones)
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*books
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:Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
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*head lamp and/or small flashlight
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*batteries
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:Quality batteries, like Duracel, are only found in Accra.
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*'''ipod
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:It is required!'''
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*extra headphones
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*cell phone
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*keep track of extra passport pictures because they can be used for visas if you choose to travel to neighboring countries
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*1 socket/outlet adapter
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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'''''DO NOT BRING A BIKE HELMET!''' They can be bought after training and COSing volunteers donate them or sell them for cheap. Save that space for something important.''
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''Peace Corps will provide all volunteers with a first aid kit that contains band aids, anti-diarhea tablets, sun screen, insect repellent, benadryl, etc. Furthermore, medicine like tylenol and aspirin is provided for PCVs upon request for free or purchased at local pharmacies at a nominal expense.''
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''All PCVs will receive a sizable move-in allowance from which you can buy household items for your house/room and a cell phone.''
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===The Traveler===
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A '''Traveler''' is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. The list below is in addition to ''The Backpacker'' list but these ''comfort'' or '''nonessential items can be bought in Ghana''' if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are not found ''everywhere'' but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs.
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'''Clothing'''
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*cotton under t-shirts or 'wife beaters'
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*bras (women)
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*jeans
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*socks
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*scrub bottoms
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:They are great! Yet, they can be made in-country in some fabulous colors.
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'''Toiletries'''
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*disposable razors 
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*tampons (women)
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:PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.
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*shampoo
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*lotion
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'''Accessories'''
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*scissors
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*1 adjustable belt
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:For weight gain or loss.
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*small portable speakers
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*laptop or netbook
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*external hard drive
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*small games or cards
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:These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, frisbee, american football, soccer ball, etc.
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A '''Settler''' is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack ''everything'' and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both body bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana. The list below is of ''luxury'' items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags.
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'''Clothing'''
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*flip flops or shower shoes
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:They are everywhere!
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*face wash (specifically for women)
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*shower cap
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*shower robe
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*tent or any camping gear
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*travel-size pillow
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*hammock
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*hiking boots
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*radio
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*alarm clock
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*duct tape
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*Ziplock bags
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*camping cookware
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*a nice umbrella
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*hand wipes or hand sanitizer
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*guitar
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:Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.
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*travel-size iron
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*food seasonings
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===Electronics===
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FYI, if you are a teacher volunteer, you WILL have electricity.
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*socket/outlet adapter
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:See the following link about [http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=227| electrical plug/outlet and voltage information for Ghana].
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*laptop or netbook
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:It is absolutely feasible to bring a laptop or netbook because about 1 in 3 PCVs currently possess one or the other. However, have a mindset that whatever you bring you are willing to part with it. That is because their are many hazards for electronics, especially computers, in Ghana: theft (insurance cannot recover files from your stolen computer), hot and humid climate, electrical fluctuation and surges, dust and other critters. Therefore, '''bring a computer at your own risk!'''
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*external hard drive
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:If you have a computer, it is essential to backup your files in case the worst happens. And if you like movies . . .
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*mobile/cell phone
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**Cheap cell phones (about $30) can be purchased in Ghana but most phones are knock-offs. Check out the links below to decide if you can use your phone in Ghana or if you want to buy a new one that is compatible with the frequency in both Ghana and the US. Furthermore, '''there are no cell phone contracts''' or locked phones here. You simply buy a chip and pay prepaid minutes as you go, and you can switch chips at any time depending on phone rates and cell phone coverage.  
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**[http://thetravelinsider.info/roadwarriorcontent/quadbandphones.htm|The Travel Insider] discusses the different frequency bands around the world.
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**[http://www.mobileworldlive.com/maps/network.php?cid=134&cname=Ghana| Mobile World Live / Ghana] discusses the frequency bands specific to the companies in Ghana.
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*ipod
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:If you have one, bring it. If you don't, buy one because you will have a lot of downtime and you will need a break from reading all the books you read.
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*pen drive
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:So you will not have to share and transfer files on a regular basis, like reports and pictures.
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*radio
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:BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.
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===Care Packages===
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The staff in Accra picks up packages at least once a week. However, if you do not travel to the main office, you will have to wait for the monthly delivery to the two sub-offices at the first of the month. Typically, it takes about '''one to three months to receive a package''' of which you have to pay a small duty fee for.
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The address for Peace Corps is below:
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:Jane Doe (PCV)
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:Peace Corps Ghana
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:P.O. Box 5796
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:Accra-North
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:Ghana, West Africa
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Care packages are just not great for birthdays and holidays but also for receiving things that you wanted to bring but did not have room for in your luggage.
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'''Preferred Gifts'''
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*powdered Gatorade
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:When you receive it, you will understand why it is absolutely fabulous.
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*candy
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*coffee or tea packets
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*dried food
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*'''magazines'''
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:Virtually nonexistent here and perhaps the best way to keep up with current events because the internet is not always the swiftest.
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*books
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[[Ghana| Ghana Homepage]]
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[[Category:Ghana]]
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Latest revision as of 21:25, 19 April 2013

A single of the most typically created blunders in resume writing that several experts make is not taking the time to proofread the document prior to sending it to the possible employer. Whilst writing a resume is a time consuming approach, not reviewing your final document with fresh eyes may cause your resume to end up in a recycling bin. To assure that all your efforts are not wasted, make positive that you take the following three actions to assure your resume is in top shape just before it reaches your prospective employer.

1. Proofread the content for grammar and spelling mistakes. This step is the most critical in the resume assessment process. It is usually hard to catch composition errors soon after you send hours writing and re-writing all parts of your resume. There are two approaches to catch these errors: ask a person else to proof your resume, or give oneself time amongst writing and reviewing your resume. If you ask a pal or a household member for aid, make certain that their strengths contain spelling and grammar they ought to be in a position to edit your resume for content material and consistency in style. Asking others to review your resume, however, need to be accomplished with parameters. For instance, let your buddy know what you are struggling with, so that they can aid you address these issues. Since private preferences can come into play when you are discussing resumes, make sure that the changes you make are the kind you are comfy with in terms of content material. One more step in proofreading, which should be thought of as a should, is stepping away from your resume for a day or two, and coming back to it for a final evaluation. This provides you some space from the content material, and will permit you to evaluation for grammar and spelling errors with fresh eyes.

2. Print our and e-mail your resume so that you know what your prospective employer will receive soon after you submit your resume. Make positive to print your resume from the file that you are emailing to your employer. Make sure that the margins are set correctly and are not cutting off any content. Appear for spaces, and adjust the text in case of any massive gaps on the paper. E-mail your resume to a quantity of your buddies have them open the file and let you know how it seems on their screen, as properly as how it prints out. Addressing any formatting issues before your resume reaches the employer is perfect, so undertaking a couple of test runs will only help in building a winning final resume.

three. Examine your resume to the job requirements, and make positive that all needs are addressed in either your resume or your cover letter. Essentially, overview what the employer is looking for and make positive that your resume addresses all of their wants. When your possible employer receives your resume, they will appear for crucial terms from their job description in order to match your qualifications to their obtainable position. If attainable, use some of the very same terminology on your resume as the employer utilised on the job description. This will let the employer know that you are in synch with their wants, and make them more interested in you as the best candidate for the job. Ask one particular of your pals to evaluation the job description and your resume as effectively, and give you their impression on how well the two match.

Poorly written or formatted resumes let your employer know that you dont spend any interest to detail. Taking the added time to do a final review of your resume is the key to getting employers consideration and obtaining the job you constantly wanted. career services

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