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Resumes

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Overview

Communicating your qualifications to employers should be the single most important goal in your job search. A resume can do just that. An expertly crafted and intelligently distributed resume can produce the most desired outcome of a job search—job interviews that eventually turn into job offers and satisfying jobs. An effective resume tells employers about the skills and experience you possess, making you the ideal candidate for the job.

What to do:

  • Keep your resume short and simple.
  • Limit your resume to one page.
  • Double space between sections.
  • Bold, Underline, or CAPITALIZE section headings to make them stand out.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic.
  • Stress achievements.
  • Keep sentences brief.
  • Be honest.
  • Use bullets or other symbols at the beginning of each entry to separate one item from another and to guide the reader’s eye to the sentence.
  • Use phrases starting with strong action verbs.

What not to do:

  • Do not write in paragraphs.
  • Do not exaggerate or misrepresent facts.
  • Do not list personal references.
  • Do not mention salary or wages.
  • Do not use fancy type such as outline, shadow, script, or other difficult-to-read styles.
  • Do not use flashy paper.
  • Do not state age, race, health, height, weight, or marital status.
  • Do not abbreviate. (Exception: abbreviation of states is acceptable)

Printing Your Resume:

  • Print your resume on a laser printer or have it done at a professional printer.
  • Be sure to proofread your resume. Have several people look it over before you print it.
  • Leave about a 1-inch margin on all sides.
  • Use high quality paper (white, ivory, gray) for your resume, cover letter, and envelopes.

Evaluate your resume’s final appearance before printing final copies. Is it a visually appealing document? Can it be reviewed for pertinent information in a few seconds? Does it look professional?