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Your resume is a sales tool that, as well as telling a potential employer all the relevant information about you, should also be intended to maximize your chances of getting the position that you want. One of the main difficulty that employers face is sorting out applications and resumes which look and read more or less identically; you can thus assist the employer, and improving your chances of getting the job, by ensuring that your resume and cover letter are a little different from the other candidates'.

Here ae some tips for making your resume unique and stand-out from the crowd:
  1. Work on your cover letter; you should always write an individual customized cover letter for each job that you apply for. Make sure you address the correct person by name, and spell both the person and the company's name correctly - double check it! In the body of the letter you should state clearly what position you are applying for, and highlight those areas of your resume which make you the ideal candidate for the job. If there are things in your resume which may raise questions from a potential employer (such as a prolonged gap in your resume), it's a good idea to address any potential concerns and get them out the way immediately, rather than risk having your resume discarded. In short, your cover letter should explain what position you are applying for, and why you are the perfect candidate for the job.

    Please note of course that while your cover letter comes in front of your resume when mailing or faxing it, you will generally need to actually prepare your resume first in order to be able to write a good cover letter.

  2. Work on the Career Objective section of your resume. The purpose of this section is to tell the employer what you want, specifically, that you have an objective, and that it is one which is aligned with their requirements.

  3. Both when writing your resume, and when choosing which sections of your resume to reference in your cover letter, you should put the greatest emphasis on those qualifications, experiences and responsibilities that you have had in the past which are most relevant to the job that you are applying for. Write about these things in much more detail than less relevant experiences which may be listed on your resume, and be especially sure to use power words to describe these elements of your background. Don't be shy about describing your qualifications and quantifying your achievements.
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