Resume Tips, Articles, Resources & Examples
Your resume should present your business experience
and academic credentials, plus extras such as specific work-related skills,
awards, or professional memberships. One page is preferred, but never use more
than two. Organize it consistently, use phrases rather than sentences and bullets
if appropriate to set off or highlight items, and double-check your spelling
and grammar. Ask a friend with good language skills to read it too, as if he
or she were a potential employer.
- Include all your contact information
at the top of your résumé, and if you must use a second page,
put your name and “page 2” at the top.
- List an objective only if it is not
clear from your work history, for example, if you are pursuing a career change.
If so, make sure it pertains to the job you’re applying for.
- Begin the work history (often headed
“Professional experience”) with your current or most recent position.
For each job, list the month and year of your start and end dates. If you
are a recent graduate and have not had relevant work experience, list any
jobs you held while in school, including summer.
- Quantify whatever information you can
for example, the amount of money or time you saved the firm by taking a specified
action; the rate or number of items you produced within a specified time period;
the number or types of clients you served.
- List any
work-related skills you possess, particularly computer programs and knowledge
of, for example, specific citation styles. Also list any languages in which
you are fluent if relevant to the position.
- In the education portion—which
should follow the work history or skills section unless you are a recent graduate—list
your college or university and the degree(s) you earned with the year you
received it. If you have won awards or honors in school rather than in subsequent
jobs, list them in this section; otherwise, put them in a separate section
before or after this one.
- Do not list personal interests unless
they are relevant to the job you’re applying for, such as knowledge
of the stock market if you’re applying to an investment firm.
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