A clean and easy-to-read resume is crucial to get your application noticed in the pile. It’s the first impression you give a potential employer and you want to show that you are someone they must move forward in the process. A poor resume can quickly screen you out of opportunities. When I was a student at Cornell and Columbia Business School, I spent a lot of time with career services editing my resume and since, I have helped many friends fine tune their resumes. In this article, I am sharing the essential tips I learned for writing an effective resume. Whether you are applying for a new job or simply redesigning your current resume, I hope this article will help you along the way! To give you a head start, I am also providing with two free resume templates below.