A resume is an essential tool in a job search. This tool is used to market or sell an applicant to an employer. It should only be a short summary, not the whole store. The following are general guidelines for writing different types of resumes.
This information changes geographically and varies according to the person and the profession.
• Length should be one or two pages, but never exceed two pages
• Make margins (top, bottom, left and right) approx. 1-inch
• There should be plenty of white space and it should be easy to read
• Font size should be 10 to 12 using conservative font styles. Ariel, and New Times Roman are preferable
• Layout should be easy to follow and information easy to locate • Appearance should be neat and clean, no errors or corrections
• Paper should be 20-25 weight bond, rag or linen and of neutral color
• Envelope and cover letter should match resume paper
• Left justified
• Use black ink and/or fonts that are easy to read Resume Content:
• Show responsibility and results that relate to the needs of the company • Give examples of accomplishments and the ability to solve problems
• Show statistics and numbers
• Be honest, positive and specific
• Use category headings: objective, professional highlights, education, training, skills professional associations and organizations, honors and awards, references
• Avoid jargon and abbreviations. Don’t use sentence format, instead use action verbs and a few words with lots of impact
• Include volunteer experience, languages, internships, and certificates that relate to the position
• Research the company and know what information would impress them
• Use industry terminology
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