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How to Type a Resume

Organization

  • Use action words to describe skills, completed tasks, job responsibilities.
  • Expect to write more than one draft.
  • Quantify with numbers, dollar amounts and percentages whenever possible (For example, "Organized event for 200 people which raised $2,000 for club charity fund raiser").
  • Be brief, concise and action-oriented.
  • Use bullets to set off each major idea.

Appearance

  • Error-proof your resume.
  • Spelling, punctuation, typing errors, erasures, and correction fluid marks will screen you out from being considered for an interview.
  • Use bond paper in white, eggshell or cream with black print.
  • Be sure to leave plenty of margin space (approximately 3/4 to one inch).
  • Better to use two pages than to squeeze everything on one page.
  • Use standard print style for easy reading.
  • Use letter quality or laser printers. Photocopies should be sharp and clean. Black spots, smudges or shadows are not acceptable.
  • Special effects are primarily used for the creative industries of public relations, advertising, marketing and the media. Others should be conservative in nature.

Content

  • It is unnecessary to put the word "Resume" at the top of the page.
  • Listing job objectives can be restrictive. Your objective may be to get an interview for every job for which you qualify.
  • Continuing education, certifications, company training workshops and licenses are included in the Education segment.
  • DO NOT include personal characteristics (height, weight, age), gender, religion, marital status, health, number of children or organizations considered controversial.
  • DO NOT include salary requirements or reasons for leaving a job.
  • DO NOT include references in a resume.
  • Never send a resume without a personalized cover letter.
  • Avoid the use of the word "I".
  • Avoid jargon and exaggeration.
  • Do not use a nickname on the resume.

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