When Writing Your Resume: Always and Never
- Make your objective relevant to the position for which you are
- Be specific when describing your experiences and qualifications.
- Use "bullet" format where appropriate.
- Use short paragraphs—preferably no longer than five lines.
- Make sure the resume and the cover letter are errorless.
Proofread, and have others proofread for you too.
- Rewrite a resume for a specific position with a specific
company. It's extra work but may very well pay off.
- Use quality bond white or off white paper. Avoid the appearance
of a photocopied resume.
- Be sure that your resume represents you well; it is an
employer's first impression of you.
- Include your references on a separate sheet of paper. Include
reference name, current title, place of employment, business address
and phone number.
- Give each of your references a copy of your resume or make sure
you have permission from your references to use their name.
- List hobbies, sports and social activities.
- State "References available on request."
- Put in social security number, your spouse's occupation, and
your personal philosophies.
- Use exact dates. Months and years are sufficient.
- Include your company number unless your immediate boss is aware
of your departure.
- Use personal references.