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Wednesday, March 11, 2009  
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Posted March 11, 2009 @ 5:31 p.m.
ROCKFORD (WREX) - With so many people fighting for jobs in this struggling economy, giving yourself a "leg up" in the job search should be your goal.
Some job experts say it all starts with the application and your resume.
Kelly Haugen is the Director of Career Services at Rockford College. She recommends starting with the basics, tailoring your resume to the job you're applying for. You should also make sure you include duties in the old job that will help you in the new position you are applying for.
"It's not that you need to change your resume - your entire resume for every job you are applying for. Say you are applying for a marketing position you really want to highlight your marketing skills on that resume. Maybe the position is a customer service position, so you'll want to highlight your people skills. Think about the skills needed for each position you're applying for," said Haugen.
Haugen also says you should write with strong action verbs and keep things short and sweet. "Another important piece of information for resumes is definitely don't use the paragraph format anymore.
Typically, employers spend about 30 seconds or so reviewing a resume so instead of using paragraphs use bullet points and it will allow the employer to go through your resume more quickly and more efficiently," said Haugen.
Haugen also advises you to double check your resume for misinformation and misspellings.
This article appeared at on March 11, 2009.

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