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How to write a Resume

Much of the information you’ll find about resumes and cover letters will just be the writers’ opinion. This is no different. It’s just my opinion.

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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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