Most Likely To Succeed

Resume Writing

Graduation day used to be the day students started thinking about getting jobs. No more. These days, students have to start thinking about landing "real jobs" from the minute they enter college. What all that job-hunting means for entrepreneurs is sure-fire success with a resume-writing business.

Helping students create professional, eye-catching resumes can turn into a resume-builder of your own. What you need is a good graphics software program such as QuarkXpress or PageMaker, which cost about $1,000, and a way with words. Your ability to tailor resumes to the types of jobs students are seeking will determine your success. For instance, a student seeking a position in accounting should have a no-nonsense resume that looks conservative and professional, while a fine arts student might require a more creatively designed resume. What you charge (most resume writers charge between $10 and $15 per hour) will depend on your location and can be an hourly or a flat fee.

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This article was originally published in the March 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Most Likely To Succeed.

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