Resume Tips

Step 1.
Outline Your Skills

Before you start writing your actual resume it is a good idea to list your specific skills, education, job history, and extracurricular activities in point form. Make sure items such as dates etc. are accurate. Most importantly look back on your past positions and list positive performance actions pertaining to that position. As an example, if you were in a sales role you would want to detail your percentage to sales target, any awards you may have won, major clients you recruited, your ability to increase profits, etc.

Step 2.
Writing Your Resume

Quick Tips
Avoid the use of "fancy fonts". Stick to either Arial or Times New Roman, and use only that typeface in the resume. This will make your resume easier to read. It will also ensure that formatting is kept intact if you are e-mailing your resume as an attachment. Also avoid large typefaces. Use no larger than 14 points for headers, and 12 points for body text.

Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-Mail Address
These 4 items will make up the header of your resume. Bold your name, and have the other items follow. Be accurate. Make sure the address and phone number you provide is current, and you are accessible to them.

The objective will set the tone for the rest of the resume. It will let potential employers know the type of company and position you are looking for. Try to keep it short. No longer than three lines.

This is the "guts" of your resume. Here you will list in chronological order your work history. Each position you have had will have the following items.
1. Company Name (in bold)
2. Brief description of company. This is important because although you may think that your present company, with revenues of 100 million is known by all, chances are they are known by none.
3. Your exact job title.
4. Your position description, and work responsibilities. Key features within this text is not only what you did but how well you did it. Remember you are competing against multitudes of other applicants who may have the same title. Prospective employers are looking for "performers" so include those items you listed in step one such as, performance to target, profit enhancement, projects initiated/completed and the positive impact they had on your company, awards, reducing expenses, etc.

Once again list in chronological order. Give the institution name, your degree, your grade point average if it is higher than 3.0, special achievements, and academic honors.
Also list ongoing education courses if they are relevant.

Other Information
This is a good spot to place items such as community involvement, special skills (ie: computer), association memberships, etc.

Make sure you have a minimum of three job related references, and three personal references that a prospective employer can contact, however do not list them on your resume. Instead just have the line "references available upon request" under this heading.

Check Your Resume
Key features to check are:
- spelling
- formatting
- grammar
Have a friend read your resume. This will give you some additional feedback on your content.

More Quick Tips
- Never use colored or textured paper. Use white or off-white.
- Avoid folding your resume. If you need to send it by mail use a large envelope.
- Try to keep it to a maximum of three pages.
- Do not staple your resume.
- Only print on one side of the page.


Copyright 2002