Writing the Perfect Resume

    • Your résumé should be a clear, concise professional presentation of yourself.
    • A chronological résumé is preferable to a functional résumé.
    • Always include the month and year in your dates of employment.
    • Use “action” verbs for impact, i.e. “achieved, coordinated, implemented, saved, promoted, supervised, etc.”
    • Provide only the information that is relevant to the position for which you are applying.
    • Never include photographs or illustrations, unless required by your professional (e.g. actors’ composites).
    • Never include age, weight, height, marital status, race etc.
    • Never include salary history or present salary objective (unless specifically requested by the employer, and then only provide in your cover letter).
    • Whenever possible, keep the résumé to one page- no more than two. It is not necessary to go back more than 10-12 years.
    • Always include education, degrees, special courses taken, etc., as well as special skills, languages, computer programs, certifications, etc.
    • Use good quality paper, white or manila. Do not use colored paper. Use envelopes that match the résumé paper.
    • The résumé should be typed on a word processor or taken to a printer for professional printing.
    • Proofread the résumé for typo’s, then proofread again and again. Typographical errors and misspelled words

will land your résumé in the “circular file”.

  • Be prepared to provide references. References should be typed on a separate sheet and given to the interviewer when requested.

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