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Resume Writing

Your Resume
A good resume cannot get you a job; but a bad resume can prevent you from getting the interview and without the interview, there’s no chance of getting the job. Since your resume is your primary marketing tool for finding a better career opportunity, extra time spent on its preparation is a good investment. All resumes should be accurate and truthful and should highlight your strengths and accomplishments. The best way to explain the “rules” of resume writing is to explain what you should always do and what you should never do.

Always print your resume on standard size white bond paper
Always include your significant accomplishments at each of your jobs
Always use bullet statements when appropriate. It is more readable and tends to stand out more
Always state the truth
Always keep it simple, preferably one page in length
Always proof read your resume and have others proofread it too
Always use a plain font so it is easy to read
Always use plain English. Stay away from multi-syllable words when a one or two syllable word is clearer
Always re-read your resume before every interview – chances are the interviewer did
Avoid the first person pronoun ( ie. I, me…)
Save the details for the interview

Never list references on a resume
Never include your height, weight, or remarks about your personal appearance
Never use exact dates; months and years are sufficient
Never have extraneous pen or pencil marks or correction fluid on your resume
Never lie
Never provide salary information on the resume. Save it for the interview
Never list your high school or grammar school if you are a college graduate
Never include your present employer’s telephone number
Never give a reason for termination or leaving a job on your resume. You are better off explaining it in person

At best, these are just reliable suggestions…from recruiters who know how to make a difference !

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