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To summarize the points above, ingredients that make a successful resume are:

Header with contact information: Including a header with your contact information on your resume makes you look professional and ensures your information will be easy to find. Unless you're a marketing guru, it's best to use a standard professional typeface -- most hiring managers prefer one of the following fonts on a resume: Times New Roman, Courier, Palatino, Calibri, Georgia, Arial, Verdana, or Lucida Sans.

Objective Statement: An effective resume targets the industry of the business to which you are applying. An objective statement should be concise and to the point, one sentence in length, and highlight the top skills you bring to the table.

Quantifying your experience: Hiring managers read hundreds of resumes at a time, so in order to make your resume stand out among the competition, use numbers to help represent your experience. For example, which statement is more impressive on a resume? "Hosted a large networking event, where I helped call and invite all attendees" or "Worked with club board to plan our largest networking event, personally recruited over 35 organizations who attended the event". By quantifying your experience on a resume, you give the hiring manager concise fact that is hard to dispute.

Proof read your resume: Typos are a cardinal sin of the resume. In a recent survey, 45% of executives said they threw out resumes with just one typo, another 31% discarded resumes with just two typos. So if you want to even be considered for a role, proof read your resume several times in addition to having a couple friends or family members proof read it as well.

Show off your brand: A resume is a visual tool that markets who you are, a.k.a. your personal brand, to employers. Include any special programs you're efficient in using or any certifications that pertain to the role you're applying for. This shows you can come on board with an instantly identifiable and valuable skill-set as a contributing team member. Also, rather than broad or categorical interests such as football or singing, use specific details to accurately represent yourself while making yourself sound interesting.

Emailing or uploading your resume: When emailing or uploading your resume, use MS Word version 2003-2007. Not all organizations have newer DOCX versions and may not ask why your resume won't download. Also, employers can see your file name, so make sure to choose something simple but professional such as, "JohnDoeResume".

Now that you've learned about the ingredients needed for a successful resume, check out this resource video from Looksharp's Internship Hangout featuring advice from hiring execs from Google, SiriusXM Radio, and Ashoka on how to stand out with your resume, what to include on your resume, and how to effectively tell your story through the resume content.

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