Resume 123

Do

  • Make it short, one page if possible.
  • Include a short outline of educational background.
  • Include a summary of professional organizations, honors, languages, etc.
  • Cover all jobs with career implications. Of course it is not necessary to detail early or part time positions.
  • List most recent employment first in a historical format with both months and years.
  • Be specific enough to prove you know your job without being too detailed.
  • Use action words that show things saved, achieved, or made.

Don’t

  • Don’t leave gaps in employment; any gap needs to be explained even if it reads, “May 1989 to September 1991 – Homemaker.”
  • Don’t tell everything. Leave something to explain at the interview. Chances are the reader has hundreds of resumes to scan and will become disinterested before completing a long rambling multi-page dissertation.
  • Don’t include job objectives. Usually they are too vague or too specific and limit you in the reader’s eyes.
  • Don’t mention religious preference, race, or political affiliation.
  • Don’t ever misrepresent employment or educational background.
  • Don’t mention salary. If you are specifically requested to include salary history, do it. Otherwise the employer will toss it anyway.
  • Don’t put a resume on brightly colored or odd sized paper, in bright folders, or attach gimmicks.
  • Don’t write a functional style resume that only gives a synopsis of your areas of business expertise. You should offer proof of experience via a job history.

And now some useful resume links:

Sample Resumes

Resume Writing Tips

VeriResume

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