Do’s and Don’ts
- Create a document which is clear, concise and easy to read
- Strive to limit the length to no more than two pages
- Emphasize your strongest qualifications and position towards the top and left margins
- Share your degrees and credentials up front following your name
- Facilitate communication by sharing both your cell/home phone numbers and your email address
- Highlight your strengths by beginning with a Summary/Achievements/Accomplishments section
- Utilize bulleted statements with action verbs and stress supportive facts and figures
- Expedite resume review by the reader by sharing your recent job experience first. List positions in reverse chronological order.
- Support your education and credentials with institutions, years achieved.
- Presentation is critical! Use spell checker. A poor resume is a reflection of the one who prepared it.
- Refrain from the title “Resume” and the ending “References Furnished Upon Request.” They waste valuable space.
- Avoid the use of an “Objective Statement.” They are generic in content and self-limiting.
- Steer clear of overlapping dates of employment, without providing statements of clarification
- Abstain from sharing your salary history or reasons for leaving previous employment
- Do not stretch the truth! Misinformation or untruthful statements will inevitably come back to haunt you.
- Shy away from providing previous work experience that is no longer pertinent
- Avoid personal sections, activities and memberships which are not business related
- Fight the tendency to allow your resume to become outdated. You never know when opportunity may knock and you want to be prepared.
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