However, I’ve got to add that I’ve had more than a few people tell me that my resume was the best they’d ever seen.
I’ll try to list some of the resume truths that I’ve learned and practice:
- Resumes are all about uniformity, consistency, and correct spelling.
Your resume should have absolutely no mistakes.
- Your resume should be easy on the eye. Your prospective employer should be able to quickly look down your resume and immediately focus on job titles and employers.
- It will have absolutely no spelling mistakes. Use your spell checker and then have two or three different people proof read your resume. Spell checkers don’t catch everything.
- One word you should not find while proof reading your resume is “I.” It’s your resume so you shouldn’t be referring to anyone but “I.”
- Keep your resume down to one or two pages if possible. The fewer the better. Your prospective employer is busy and doesn’t want to do any unnecessary reading.
- Never include your picture with your resume (unless you’re a model). They’ll just make fun of it.
- Only use an Job Objective statements if your resume is only one page and you don’t have enough content to make the page look full. I think, for most people, this statement is just an opportunity to make a mistake. See example
- If you’re young and don’t have related job experience, you might want to list your education first. Otherwise, I would list my job experience first.
- Use a resume format that highlights your previous job titles and employers first. I think most employers would like to focus quickly on your job titles and descriptions.
- Most people would do better not to focus attention on employment dates. Keep them off to the right and out of the way.
- Always start job description lines with action words. For example, use words like created, reduced, managed, supervised, organized, or reconciled.
- Never have a job description start with “Duties included blah, blah, blah.” Just makes your job sound like a big, boring chore.
- Don’t include references unless they have been specifically requested.
- Talk to your references ahead of time and ask if you can use them. They’ll appreciate the courtesy and be more likely to give you a glowing reference.
- Make your resume stand out from the rest! Always use resume quality paper. I prefer a beige color paper because it’s easy to read. Most people don’t take the time and just use regular quality, white, copier paper.
- Don’t forget to get beige, resume quality envelopes, also. That’s part of being consistent and uniform.
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