Resume Writing  


What are the Resume pointers?

There are some basic guidelines for putting together a visually appealing resume. We've listed some of the key ones here. Stick to one easy-to-read font, and don't change sizes too much. It's okay for your name to be bigger than the rest of the resume, and this holds true for past positions as well. Just don't get carried away. Make sure the smallest point size is at least nine or ten points. Smaller is too difficult to read.

Don't crowd the information on the page. Let it run to within about an inch of the margins. Keeping a resume to one page used to be a rule, but it's okay to go to as much as two pages now. Just make sure the content is worth taking two pages.

Use high-quality paper in white or cream. Colorful paper might get attention, but it doesn't necessarily impress the person screening the resumes. If you answer your own phone, include your work number. It will be easier to reach you.

Start with a summary of qualifications that highlights your skills and experience instead of the traditional objective statement--often the objective is obvious either from the work you've done or from the position you're applying for.

Use action verbs to highlight your experience and make clear statements about how your work has benefited your past employers (by increasing sales, cutting costs, etc.) Highlight your unique accomplishments, and use facts and figures to back up your claims. Think what the crucial keywords for a specific field might be, and pepper your resume with those.

If a company uses a word scanner to sort through resumes, this will help yours end up in the interview pile. Highlight specific technical skills you have, including computer hardware and software you've used or mastered. And if you have Internet experience, make sure to highlight that--it's becoming more and more important in an increasing number of positions.

Speaking of computers, don't rely on spell-check to catch your mistakes. If you've typed the wrong word, spell-checkers will ignore them if they're spelled correctly. Proof it yourself--preferably by reading it aloud. Once you've amassed enough professional work experience, you can omit summer jobs and high school jobs unrelated to your current career.



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